A massive battle in space MMO Eve Online that erupted on Monday 27 January has been described as the "largest, most destructive battle in gaming history", according to the game's developer CCP Games.
Dubbed the 'Bloodbath of B-R5RB', the battle is considered the biggest in the game's ten-year history, with 7,548 players taking part and a maximum of 2,670 in the B-R5RB system at the same time.
"In the early hours of January 27th, 2014 CONCORD (the NPC "police force") came to collect the sovereignty bill for a dead-end system in the Immensea region called B-R5RB. One of over 7,500 in game, this particular system - with its 9 planets, 66 moons and 12 asteroid belts - had recently been transferred to a player corporation called H A V O C, a corp used by the alliance Pandemic Legion to handle sovereignty transfers between Alliances (which are collections of Corporations). Unfortunately, when CONCORD tried to extract the ISK (EVE's currency) that would maintain sovereignty in the system for another month, they found that H A V O C had left their automatic payment unchecked. Without the necessary payment, sovereignty in the system immediately dropped leaving the system up for grabs."
A report on the official EVE developer blog details the full extent of the damage caused.
According to the report, the economic impact when the battle ended was a loss of 11 trillion Isk, which translated into real-world currency is between $300,000 and $330,000.
Impressively, 75 Titans were also destroyed during the battle. Titans are the largest ships in Eve Online: they take thousands of man-hours to produce, require months to learn how to fly them and are equipped with doomsday weapons that can destroy smaller ships with a single shot.
Before the battle, the record number of Titans destroyed in a single fight was twelve.
Approximately 775 doomsdays were also fired during the battle. The report says this accounts for nearly 25% of all the doomsdays fired in the last two years.
The video below shows highlights of the battle.