EVE Online's far-future boardroom sharks are using their powers for good with an in-game charity drive

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For so many of us, I reckon EVE Online remains a distant curiosity: "oh it's the space spreadsheet game where cold-blooded operators are always Enron-ing each other." And you know what? God bless the corporate samurai of EVE Online, it'll never not rule when they pull off another Heist of the Century amidst a supernova or alien invasion.

First reported by Massively Overpowered, EVE developer CCP is giving its boardroom sharks of the far future another opportunity to prove they really do care though, reactivating its PLEX for Good initiative. For those not in the know, PLEX (short for "Pilot's License Extension") is one of EVE's two in-game currencies. PLEX is the premium option, purchasable with real-world money or EVE's other currency, ISK. PLEX can also be traded as an in-game commodity, and is a key building block in EVE's famously intricate and reactive virtual economy.

CCP has been running PLEX for Good on-and-off for almost 18 years now, activating the initiative and raising money for victims of humanitarian crises like the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and most recently the war in Ukraine. Since 2005, PLEX for Good has raised over $1.2 million.

EVE Online players can take PLEX out of their vault and contract it to a special in-game NPC, with CCP tallying up the proceeds and converting it to real life currency at the end of the drive. Funds will go to Doctors Without Borders and the Turkish charity Ahbap, and players have until February 21st to make a contribution. If you're a PLEX-less pleb like myself, you can donate directly to these organizations at those preceding links.

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Ted has been thinking about PC games and bothering anyone who would listen with his thoughts on them ever since he booted up his sister's copy of Neverwinter Nights on the family computer. He is obsessed with all things CRPG and CRPG-adjacent, but has also covered esports, modding, and rare game collecting. When he's not playing or writing about games, you can find Ted lifting weights on his back porch.