Extended Downtime – Thursday, June 29th 2017




In order to carry out some essential testing, we’ll need to extend daily downtime tomorrow, Thursday, June 29th.

Downtime will run for a total of 30 minutes from 11:00-11:30 UTC while we carry out some essential work on the Tranquility cluster.

We expect that the cluster will be back online and accepting connections at 11:30 UTC.

We’ll provide any status updates required in this forum thread. Please feel free to discuss the extended downtime here.




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Caldari State Relaxes Border Restrictions With Federation




NEW CALDARI – Non capsuleer traffic began to flow across the Caldari-Gallente border for the first time in three months today, after the CEP voted to lift border restrictions with the Federation that have been in place since March 22nd.

The government mandate, which prevented the movement of any non-capsuleer vessels registered in the Gallente Federation, along with any non-capsuleer holder of Gallente Citizenship across the border with the State, was rescinded at noon New Eden Standard Time. The announcement came after a CEP session that saw only two of the big eight vote in favor of the restriction remaining in place.

For the last three months, more than a third of Federal traffic has been diverted via the Amarr Empire, placing significant strain on Imperial Customs and the Amarr Navy’s border protection services, as convoys of vessels were diverted through the Fua and Yekti constellations of Domain in order for them to pass between Sinq Laison and The Citadel.

The move, which was controversial even within the State, appears to have achieved the objective of placing substantial economic and political pressure on the Federation. It has been widely reported that shipping costs to Caldari markets – one of the largest export destinations for raw materials produced in the Federation – have swelled by almost 25% during the border closure, causing financial strain for many small scale haulage and logistics corporations.

The Scope has learned that rescindment of the Mandate may be related to a short noticed meeting between Lady Hamideh Kador and Empress Catiz, which occurred on Friday at the Imperial Palace in Dam-Torsad. Sources within the Empire claim that Lady Kador expressed security concerns over the high volume of traffic passing through the Fua constellation of Domain, which is bordered by the Kador Family’s holdings on two of its three internal Imperial borders.

This possibility that diplomatic contact with the Empire influenced the decision to withdraw them restrictions was further reinforced via criticism of Lai Dai’s change of position on the mandate, after they voted to rescind it with only Nugoeihuvi and CBD supporting the continued restrictions on Gallente traffic.

A statement by Ishukone CEO Mens Reppola suggested this, after he commented to interstellar press that “Lai Dai’s complete change of heart clearly indicates that the initial vote for border restrictions was nothing more than an emotionally derived decision made out of spite against the Federation, and Ishu-Gallente relations. 

“Furthermore, Ishanoya-haani’s flip-flopping on a matter that affects two key economies in New Eden, as well as the livelihoods of trillions of people, is concerning to say the least. It would appear however, that Lai Dai’s partners and shareholders in the Empire have voiced their concerns over the corporation’s position on supporting such a ridiculous restriction on free trade, even if that concern only relates to their own worries regarding domestic security.”

Lai Dai’s office of press have remained unavailable for comment when contacted, and while traffic is free flowing across the Caldari-Gallente border once again, the CEP confirmed in the announcement that there are no intentions at this time to re-establish diplomatic contact with the Federal government, or re-open any State Embassies or consulates.

The Scope will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.



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Skill Queue Issue – Reimbursement Complete!




We are happy to announce that reimbursement has been completed for all those who lost skillpoints due to the inadvertent pausing of skill queues that occurred on June 9th.

Skillpoints have been reimbursed at the standard rate of 40 skillpoints for every minute that affected players had their skill queues paused by the script that was ran on June 8th.

If for any reason you were affected by this issue and have not been reimbursed by the deployment today, please feel free to contact our customer support team by filing a support ticket via the Help Center, and our friendly Game Masters will be more than happy to assist.

Please feel free to discuss this news item in this forum thread.




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Mass test on Singularity on Tuesday, June 27th




Hello Capsuleers

We are planning to run a mass test on Singularity to help test changes in the upcoming July release. Our main focus are the changes to strategic cruisers, but we’ll also take a look at the general client and server performance. More information about this mass test can be found in this forum thread. If you’re interested in attending please join us on Singularity on Tuesday the 27th of June at 17:00 EVE-time (=UTC). All participants will receive a small reward of two million skill points on Singularity.




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Kador Family Heir Meets With Empress Catiz Amid Domain Security Concerns




AMARR – The Scope has learned that Lady Hamideh Kador has arrived in the Imperial capital of Dam-Torsad a little over an hour ago for an audience with Empress Catiz I.

The audience – which is not listed on the public roster of engagements for the Empress – appears to have been arranged at short notice, and sources within the Empire indicate that it relates to security concerns surrounding a substantial increase in foreign traffic passing through the Fua constellation of Domain, which borders the region of Kador on two fronts.

The influx of through traffic in the constellation has been attributed to a large increase in Federal registered non-capsuleer vessels utilizing a route through the constellations of Fua and Yekti to reach the border with The Citadel. This allows traders and hauliers to bypass the restricted Caldari-Gallente border which has been in a state of partial lockdown since March 22nd.

Several experts at The Scope have commented that this meeting is not seen as a surprise to many political commentators, given that a total of seven strike wings from the Kador Family’s standing fleet were dispatched to the Megeh and Pezarba constellations of Kador in mid-April to monitor the border chokepoints of Mod and Hiroudeh.

Speaking from within the region of Kador itself, our Scope security correspondent, Lolie Arbirelle commented that “it would appear that Lady Kador is seeking an audience with the Empress in order to discuss security concerns surrounding the use of the Empire’s border systems as a bypass, which has caused a downturn in trade in the area, as well as a notable increase in piracy and opportunistic attacks by the Blood Raider Covenant in the lowsec constellation of Pezarba.”

At this stage, there has been no official word from Amarr or the Kador family regarding the reasoning for Lady Kador’s trip to the Imperial Palace.

The Scope will continue to report on the situation as it develops.




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Skill Queue Reimbursement Early Next Week!




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An update is currently in the process of being finalized that will reimburse all skillpoints lost when skill queues were inadvertently paused on June 9th.

We aim to deploy this early next week, and will notify all pilots via this news feed once the process is complete.

Apologies for the delay in reimbursement, which has been slowed up a little by the ongoing Ghost Training exploit investigation. 

Feel free to discuss this news item in this announcement thread.




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Rogue Swarm Alert Response Commended by CONCORD as Capsuleers Purge Nests




YULAI – CONCORD has issued a status report on the ongoing “Rogue Swarm Alert” noting the destruction of over a million rogue swarm nests so far and commending the high response from capsuleers in the campaign to remove the widespread infestation from New Eden.

In a press briefing at Directive Enforcement Department HQ, Brigadier General Odo Korachi highlighted the “heroic efforts” of many capsuleers, noting that a significant number of capsuleers had individually taken part in the destruction of several hundred rogue swarm nests each. General Korachi also pointed out that so far approximately 50,000 pilots have responded to the threat posed by the rogue swarm.

The briefing also confirmed that rogue swarm nests have been found and destroyed throughout New Eden and even within the “W-space” network of wormhole connected star systems. While most efforts have focused on removing the threat from high- and low-security space, CONCORD analysts note several hundred thousand nests have been eliminated in the null-sec outer regions and W-space.

Concluding his remarks, General Korachi stated, “CONCORD and the Rogue Swarm Alert Command Group are now confident that this highly distributed rogue swarm will be dispersed as its core Overmind network is dismantled by the outstanding work of the capsuleers responding to the alert.”

The Rogue Swarm Alert continues and the Scope will continue to report on developments.




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15% Off Multiple Character Training! – One Week Left!




With seven days left of the Rogue Swarm Alert, there’s only a week remaining to grab the 15% discount on Multiple Character Training!

During Rogue Swarm Alert, pilots can enjoy 15% off the PLEX price of (MCT) in the New Eden Store. This offer lasts through until June 27th.

Be sure to check out the New Eden Store for more information, which you can access in game by hitting ALT+4.




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