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CCP Games

CCP Games is an icelandic video game developer and publisher founded in 1997 by Þórólfur Beck Kristjónsson.

CCP hf., doing business as CCP Games, is an Icelandic video game developer based in Reykjavík. Novator Partners and General Catalyst had previously collectively owned a majority stake in the company, and in September 2018, CCP was acquired by South Korean video game publisher Pearl Abyss for $425 million. CCP Games is best known for developing Eve Online, which was released in 2003 and has since been maintained.

History

CCP Games was founded in June 1997 by Reynir Harðarson, Þórólfur Beck Kristjónsson and Ívar Kristjánsson for the purpose of making MMORPGs. The name "CCP" is short for "Crowd Control Productions".To finance the initial development of Eve Online, CCP Games developed and published a board game, called Hættuspil ("Danger Game"). The game sold more than 10,000 copies to Iceland's 80,000 households. In April 2000 the company, with Sigurður Arnljótsson as CEO, raised $2.6 million, through a closed offering organised by Kaupthing Bank, from private investors in Iceland, including the Icelandic telephone company Síminn. He was with the company from 1999 to 2002 during which time the company raised two rounds of financing and secured a contract with publisher Simon & Schuster. Approximately half of the initial 21 employees came from Icelandic dot-com company OZ Interactive.

Timeline

December 2013
In December 2013, further 15 people from the World of Darkness Online development team were let go.
February 27, 2012
On 27 February 2012, Tinney stated that he had departed from both operations to focus on his new gaming-and-health startup, UtiliFIT.
November 11, 2006
On 11 November 2006, it was announced that CCP Games had entered a merger agreement with White Wolf Publishing.

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Jon Fingas
December 4, 2020
Engadget
CCP is releasing a truly native Mac version of 'EVE Online' in 2021, 18 years after the space MMO's debut.
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