Eve Online’s MS Excel partnership makes “spreadsheets in space” official

Yeah yeah, this looks exciting and all, but the spreadsheets are where the <em>real</em> action happens

Yeah yeah, this looks exciting and all, but the spreadsheets are where the real action happens

There aren’t many games for which built-in integration with Microsoft Excel would be a major feature whose announcement would draw literal cheers from fans. But Eve Online showed itself to be the exception when developer CCP announced coming Excel integration during its Eve Fanfest keynote this morning.

Through an official partnership with Microsoft, CCP said it is creating a JavaScript API that will allow players to “seamlessly export data from Eve Online” into the popular spreadsheet program. That “will help players access and calculate everything from profit margins to battle strategy, making day-to-day Eve operations easier to execute,” the company said in a press release.

“It’s not April fools; this is real,” Eve Online Creative Director Bergur Finnbogason said on the Fanfest stage, receiving bemused laughter in response. “I’m not lying—we actually reached out to [Microsoft] and they were like, ‘Oh my god, We love Eve!'”

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