Bots have been a long term problem in EVE Online, so it is no surprise that Echoes, which is barely three months old, is already swimming in them. To combat this problem, Echoes alliance Genesis Federation announced the creation of the first ‘mega coalition’ with two other alliances, Golden Horde and Silent Alliance.
The coalition aims to severely curtail botting in nullsec, particularly from Death Phantom (DP), with which Genesis already has conflicts. Without an API, exact numbers in the mega coalition are hard to gauge, but Gen Fed’s leader, Mommasaurus Rex, estimated that it numbers around 16,000 active pilots. She explained that after the fall of OP4S, the alliance with which Genesis was previously at war, a vacuum was created in Impass, which DP quickly filled. While initially blue to DP, things became tense after a few Genesis pilots were shot down by DP. Also, DP demanded that Gen Fed stay out of Impass and find another route to high sec. Negotiations broke down after DP upped its demand and wanted Gen Fed turn over their own region, Esoteria. War was then declared.
After Gen Fed entered deep into DP’s territory, they discovered a bot farm, with the range and scale of the operation appearing to be very large indeed. Gen Fed reached out to other alliance leaders seeking their agreement that for the game’s survival long term botting must be dealt with, starting with DP. They have been assured that there is a process among the coalition to determine who is botting and that it will not be based on hearsay. While DP has already been reported to NetEase, it appears the game developers have not yet taken any formal action against the alliance.
What follows is the announcement of the coalition’s creation, along with video evidence of DP’s transgressions.
Hello all! As you know by now, we found ourselves at war with neighbors who started shooting blues simply for passing into their space and then quickly discovered the largest botting enterprise (that we know of) in the game living next door. We have levied terrible damage tolls on them in the last few days and they have already fled to Detorid and Omist for the most part. You can see the damage (peaking over 200 billion) on our now public kill boards at https://discord.gg/gen-fed and find out where they have slunk off to today.
Some examples of botting:
We recognized quickly that, as a truly multi-national alliance that has no weak timezone, we are in a rare position to be able to combat this effort. We have been 24/7 shutting down DP farms with our fleets of Chinese, Russians, French, Ukrainians, Germans, North Americans, Spanish, Australians, Koreans, Indonesians, and so many more. But as players, we can do more:
I am pleased to announce that the first ever mega-coalition in the history of Eve Echoes was just formed. This coalition’s sole purpose is to eliminate or reduce bot farmers in the game. We in this coalition believe it is our duty as mega-alliances to reduce this practice in game. This is not a war defensive pact, but truly a group of players who believe it is within our power to help this game last a long time. We will come together and fight. The botting classification will be based on evidence, not accusation. All smaller alliances are welcome to chip into this effort in any capacity they desire (such as scouting and monitoring their regions).
Genesis Federation, The Golden Horde, and SHH are going to lead the charge against this scourge to the server. All other alliances (red, grey or blue) are welcome to take part on this very specific task. Many have approached us already with ideas and offers to help, even those who would normally be blood enemies. We believe the player base must work together on this to protect the game we love.
We are all here for EE.