Eve Online’s Excel partnership began in a CCP women’s group

            'Spreadsheets in space' has been the running gag about Eve Online almost as long as the notoriously information-dense <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/10-best-pc-mmos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MMORPG</a> has been around, which at this point is going on 20 years. But it was only recently that developer CCP Games and Microsoft made it official, announcing the forthcoming <a href="https://www.pcgamesn.com/eve-online/excel-integration-fanfest-announcement">Eve Online-Microsoft Excel integration</a> at this year's Eve Fanfest in Reykjavik. And like so many lasting friendships, this one began at the pub.

“A few of the CCP women went out for drinks, and one was our bizdev person,” explains Emily Akland, an Eve Online brand manager. “They were starting to joke around that spreadsheets in space is such a fun concept – and they were like, ‘Wouldn’t it be crazy if we just reached out [to Microsoft] and see what happens?'”

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As the three women – VP of publishing Eyrún Jónsdóttir, business development manager Anna Katrín Ólafsdóttir, and Eve Online director of growth Anna Kozko – continued to discuss the idea, the less crazy it seemed. They brought the idea up to the rest of Eve Online’s management, and Ólafsdóttir said she knew someone at Microsoft who they could call.

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