Yesterday there was a huge fight between Test Alliance Please Ignore (TEST) and friends, and the Cluster Fuck Coalition (CFC) in Z9PP-H. It was perhaps the largest single battle ever in the history of Eve Online. Long story short, a TEST capital fleet got themselves ensnared in bubbles and CFC descended upon them like the proverbial locust plague. Hell, who wouldn't have with all those juicy capital ships going nowhere but up in flames?
However, the battle itself doesn't seem to be the main news story today. That is unfortunate. Mad Ani did a hell of of a job for the six and a half (6.5) hours of the fight doing a live broadcast on Twitch TV. Not only was the battle epic, but so was the coverage. Thank you Mad Ani, I very much enjoyed watching.
No, the main news story now seems to be how that battle ended. It ended in a node crash. Someone in CCP made a mistake and remapped it incorrectly. TEST did not log back in after the crash. I don't blame them. Then all sorts of accusations started to fly across the interwebs, most aimed at CCP. I lost count of the number of times Mad Ani had to ask people watching his live stream to stop the CCP bashing in his chat feed. It was out of control and it was unwarranted.
Why was it unwarranted? Simple: did anyone else logged into Eve Online yesterday who were not involved in the fight notice undue lag or an inability to go about their daily New Eden life? I for one made a 10 jump supply run to Amarr from our wormhole. There were 800 people in Amarr. I didn't notice anything laggy or an out of the ordinary game play experience. There certainly wasn't any time dilation going on.
At peak login yesterday, there were over 50,000 characters logged into New Eden.
When the rest of us can play our Internet spaceship game without so much as a hiccup during possibly the biggest fight in Eve Online history, I count that as a major accomplishment. Keep your heads high CCP. You've nothing for which to apologize.