EVE Online is a video game by CCP Games. It is a player-driven persistent-world massively multiplayer online game set in a science fiction space setting. Players pilot customizable ships through a universe comprising over eight thousand star systems. Most star systems are connected to one or more other star systems by means of jump gates. The star systems can contain several phenomena including but not limited to: moons, planets, stations, wormholes, asteroid belts and complexes.
Players of EVE Online are able to participate in any number of in-game professions and activities, including mining, manufacturing, trade, exploration and combat (both player versus environment and player versus player). The range of activities available to the player is facilitated by a character advancement system based upon training skills in real time, even while not logged in to the game.
It is developed and maintained by the Icelandic company CCP Games. First released in North America and Europe in May 2003, it was published from May to December 2003 by Simon & Schuster Interactive, after which CCP purchased the rights back and began to self-publish via a digital distribution scheme.