EVE Online Upgrades Core Engine Technologies for Optimal Gaming Performance

Reykjavík, Iceland - July 25, 2007 - CCP Games, one of the world's leading independent game developers and creators of leading sci-fi massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), EVE Online, today announced the upgrade to Stackless Python 2.5, a high-level programming language, and its internal build system to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft's flagship software development tool, providing additional support to EVE Online's current programming infrastructure. This upgrade will meet the need to support the rapid growth of EVE Online's subscriber base and simplify the programming language to be more effective for the game.

"EVE Online is the most exciting Stackless-based application ever," said Christian Tismer, Stackless Python creator and Managing Director of Tismerysoft. "The dual update of Python 2.5 with Stackless 3.1 gives a major boost in efficiency by allowing frequent operations to be executed 10 times faster than the previous versions."

The upgrade to Stackless Python 2.5 will utilize significantly less memory than demanded from Python 2.3 and noticeably increase the performance of the game through better server response, enhanced CPU efficiency and improved frame rates.

"We have seen EVE Online grow exponentially as a game in general and in its technical complexity," said Halldor Fannar CTO of CCP Games. "The innovative simplicity of Python allows us to break the shackles of more established but cumbersome programming models. The 2.5 upgrade of Python allows us to improve the performance of EVE Online and sets a platform for future upgrades that will improve the subscriber experience."

Subscribers will be able to download the most recent upgrade for free at www.eve-online.com.

About Stackless Python

Stackless Python is an open source, enhanced version of the Python programming language that allows programmers to reap the benefits of thread-based programming without the performance and complexity problems associated with conventional threads. More information is available at www.stackless.com.

About EVE Online

Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. Supported by a vast player-run economy, EVE offers professions to choose ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. Your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. Complementing its lethal arsenal are thousands of modules and components, allowing for countless customizations. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE.

About CCPGames

CCP Games is an industry-leading independent developer and publisher of EVE Online, a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game. Founded in 1997 and privately held, CCP is recognized internationally as a pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture. EVE Online is played in nearly every country in the world with over 200,000 players. The company is headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland with offices in Atlanta, London and Shanghai. More information is available at www.ccpgames.com.

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