Earlier today, a banner ad appeared on login screens across New Eden indicating that fewer than 100 tickets for the annual EVE Online player event, EVE Fanfest, remained available for purchase. Around 0130 server time on February 8, people attempting to purchase Fanfest tickets reported that they were unable to do so, and that they were receiving a message indicating that the event was sold out. It is believed that this is the first time Fanfest, which is held each year in Reykjavik, Iceland, has sold out.
This has caused considerable consternation as some players reported that they had purchased airline tickets and hotel reservations for the event, but had not yet purchased tickets for the event itself for various reasons. "I really hope they release more tickets," said one player who wished to remain anonymous. "Otherwise I am out a lot of real-life ISK."
In previous years, it has been possible to purchase tickets at the venue itself. It remains to be seen whether that will be the case this year. Whether there is another tier of tickets available for CCP to release, or whether they have truly sold out the venue, remains to be seen. However, one thing is certain: this will be the biggest Fanfest yet.
Update: CCP has confirmed that Fanfest has sold out, but added that those of you who bought tickets and hotels but hadn't yet gotten a FF ticket are not out of luck: you can email CCP at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will help bail you out.