Dating sites full of players
As fresh pilots spawned for the first time, they were bombarded by recruitment notices from corporations looking to capitalise on the population explosion. “I’d never played before and I’d been told EVE Online is really involved and complicated,” Circo Maximo tells me.“I knew I wouldn’t be able to function that well on my own.” Scottmw15 recruited him within 24 hours.“He took them out to Russian space where the only people who spoke English were the people in the corporation and him,” Scooter tells me.Weeks ago, Alexya had told Scottmw15 this in confidence.
Making matters easier, Scottmw15’s corporation, Standing United, recruited only brand-new players. In November 2016, EVE Online launched a limited free-to-play option that allows players to explore New Eden without the intimidating cost of a monthly subscription.
This allows them to specialise in several key areas, such as having a powerful combat pilot and another who oversees complicated industrial production chains.
For Scooter, each of his ‘alts’ is a suit of digital skin that he wears to become someone else.
“He flat out told people that he was here strictly because of Scottmw15, and then Scottmw15 would tell us that he was full of it and that everything was a lie.” But more than physical damage, Scooter’s siege was quickly eroding the morale of the entire corporation.
Cooped up inside their station and safe from his missiles, Scooter began playing mindgames with them. “He thought everyone was Scooter.” Players were screamed at and interrogated.
The moment the fleet of Svipul-class tactical destroyers crashed through the gates of Standing United’s home system was the greatest moment of Circo Maximo’s virtual life.