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CCP announces Season of Skills in EVE Online, get free skill points

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CCP has been working hard to bring veteran players back, and new players in, to the world of New Eden and EVE Online. The push to free-to-play with alpha clone states was just the beginning, over the last couple of years, things have gotten a lot more interesting and complex. Although one area new players often complained about is the gulf of skill points between themselves and established New Eden residents.

You see, skill points in EVE Online are earned at a passive, and static, rate. Rich players can now buy skill points in small chunks, as well as speeding up the rate at which they accrue new skill points (SP) by using implants, accelerators, or by going into Omega state, but these options are often prohibitively expensive to the newest players.

The introduction of ways for newer players to close the skill gaps in EVE Online have been varied and intriguing, now a new experiment with in-game events adds a new layer. CCP previously announced specially priced bundles for Alpha clone players to catch up, but they’re still stuck lagging behind, now CCP is offering a new and improved way to skill up in EVE. Simply go out and kill some enemy NPCs to earn up to 50,000 SP in one shot. Players will also earn up to 50,000 more SP just for logging in each day.

Here’s the full announcement, right from CCP:

We’re happy to announce that as of today’s daily downtime through until daily downtime on August 21st, pilots will be able to earn up to 50,000 additional skill points per day by taking part in New Eden’s first Skilling Spree as part of the Season of Skills.

Each day, pilots will receive one of three randomly selected challenges at during daily downtime that offer either 10,000, 25,000 or 50,000 skill points as a reward for destroying NPC vessels.

If the challenge is completed successfully, the skill points will be rewarded, and the pilot will receive a new challenge at the next daily downtime. If the challenge is not completed successfully, it will be replaced by another that’s randomly selected during the next daily downtime at 11:00 UTC.

There’s never been a better time to get out there in space and start blowing stuff up – these challenges are valid for any NPC in New Eden, so take no prisoners, give no quarter and grab those skill points while you can!

If you’d like to discuss this event or give feedback, feel free to do so in this thread!

Who doesn’t like free skill points just for playing the game? You can hop into that shiny new ship or shoot those deadly new guns that much faster, it’s all a win-win.

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So now is the best time possible to take advantage of our free trial offer for EVE Online, nabbing yourself 1 billion ISK and 750,000 free skill points in the process. You can even make more ISK by introducing friends, it’s just so easy. There’s no better way to get a head start on the competition.

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