SOE Live Premium Pass Contest - WINNER!

Many have entered, but only one can win! Congrats to RannDragonsbane, who looks forward to catching the EverQuest Keynote, and is the winner of our SOE Live Premium Pass Contest.

Thanks to everyone that entered and be sure to say hello if you bump into ZAM at the event!

SOE Live Premium Pass Contest

The contest has ended!
Congrats to RannDragonsbane!

What could possibly be better than looking at a picture of Sony Online Entertainment's resident dwarf glowing ominously upon EverQuest II's producer? Experiencing a moment like that yourself!

We've teamed up with SOE to give one (1) winner a discount code good for two (2) SOE Live Premium Passes! Continue after the jump for details on how this contest will work!

SOE Live Updates: Extra Space and More

Linda "Brasse" Carlson has been posting updates all over today about SOE Live. SOE has managed to score more seat accomodations (meaning more premium passes can be sold), an experimental improved smart phone signal and more.

Confirmed: increased area of grand ballroom to accommodate 150 more Premium Passes. We will sell tickets online right up to event time (unless we sell out).

Confirmed: hotel has "increased nodes" in ballroom in an attempt to improve smart phone access - to be tested at the event! Initial tests by staff are positive, but huge numbers of people do weird things to cell reception.

Confirmed: Player Got Talent auditions to be accepted SOON - as in tomorrow. Start practising!

Confirmed: International attendees CAN participate in our awesome game tournaments this year!

Confirmed: EverQuest players lead the pack of 1542 people registered with 520 attendees, well in advance of second place EQII with 392.

Confirmed: Dead Carpet event, the Zombie Prom Party - we WILL have a zombie-themed drink special. I hope it does not contain gross lumpy or chunky bits.

Stay tuned for an awesome SOE Live contest launching on ZAM later today!

SOE Maintenance Notice: July 2, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced maintenance on July 2, 2014:

Attention players: we will perform maintenance beginning at 6:00 AM PDT on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. We expect this maintenance to take approximately two hours. This will impact the following SOE services:

  • Account management
  • Commerce functions, including purchases
  • Game, web and forum logins (between 6:30 and 7:00 AM)

The complete service window could last as long as four hours and may intermittently affect our services outside of the time frames above.

Here's our handy Time Zone Conversion Tool to help you plan!

SOE Live 2014 Panel Schedule Posted

Coinciding with the final day to get your SOE Live All Access badge for $149 (you can get it here) is the release of this year's panel lineup. Since player panels have not been announced, they are not on the schedule yet, and what content will be livestreamed is still unknown. The full schedule is available here and notable panels are:

  • Welcome Ceremony: Thursday, August 14, 7-9pm PT
  • Closing Ceremony/Costume Contest: Saturday, August 16, 8-11pm PT
  • Brunch w/ the Dev Team: Sunday, August 17, 10am-Noon PT
    • Must have paid pass upgrade option to get in
  • EverQuest
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT 
    • Q&A Part 1: Saturday, August 16, 11am-Noon PT
    • Q&A Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT
  • EverQuest II
    • Expansion Keynote: Friday, August 15, Noon-1pm PT 
    • AMAA Part 1: Friday, August 15, 1-2pm PT
    • Systems: Saturday, August 16, 1-2pm PT
    • AMAA Part 2: Sunday, August 17, 1-2pm PT
  • EverQuest Next
    • Keynote: Friday, August 15, 10-11am PT
    • Tech Evolution: Friday, August 15, 4-5pm PT
    • Combat & Classes: Saturday, August 16, 11-Noon PT
    • Storybricks: Sunday, August 17, 2-3pm PT

Continue after the jump for Landmark, H1Z1 and miscellaneous panels of interest.

SOE Announces G.I.R.L. Scholarship Winner

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Erin Loelius of Manasquan, NJ, has been named the winner of the 2014 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. She has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship for her college tutition and will have a 10-week paid internship at SOE this summer, working on both Landmark and EverQuest Next.

"I grew up playing games, so inspiration from video games has always found a way into my art, and that's what makes this internship opportunity so amazing and fitting," said 2014 G.I.R.L. winner Erin Loelius. "Someday I hope to collaborate on games with the same quirkiness and whimsy of games I grew up on. I'd love to create something that pushes people's imaginations and makes them remember their gaming childhood."

SOE: Limited Customer Service Today

Sony Online Entertainment has announced through its various social media accounts:

We will have limited customer support today with the wildfires/closures impacting San Diego. Phones are closed, but help is still available through tickets/chat/ingame.

We sincerely hope that everyone in California is staying safe!

SOE Maintenance: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sony Online Entertainment has announced maintenance on the morning of March 26.  It is expected to take approximately 2 hours. This will impact the following services:

  • Login for Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures players will be impacted starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures players who are already logged in may be disconnected and unable to log back in starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Account management may be unavailable starting at 8:00 AM to approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Commerce transactions, including purchases on our websites and in-game marketplaces may be unavailable between 8:00 AM and approximately 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Login for all SOE forums may be affected, you may lose permissions and experience occasional disconnects between 8:00 AM and approximately 10:00 AM PDT.

SOE All-Access Program Update

Today Linda "Brasse" Carlson, Director of Global Community Relations at Sony Online Entertainment, updated the SOE All Access FAQ. As previously announced, the new and improved All Access plan is slated to start April 16, 2014. Today's update includes information on multiple month purchases, Silver membership (EQ/EQII), multiple game memberships on one account and multiple memberships on different accounts, and EQN Landmark info. 

You can check out the updated FAQ on the Station Forums here. Updates are noted in BLUE.

Year of EverQuest: March Update Video

SOE has released their March edition of the Year of EverQuest video series, featuring Thom Terrazas, Terry Michaels and Holly Longdale all discussing what players can look forward to in their respective games over the next month. Check it out after the jump!