In a forum post on November 29th, Battleclinic‘s founder SghnDubh quietly announced that the website would be shutting down this month. Battleclinic was founded in 2001 to service games other than EVE, but quickly became the most feature-complete third-party EVE Online site after EVE’s launch. It made a name for itself in the community primarily through its killboard services and ship fit sharing service, while also providing a home for the venerable EVEMon character planning and monitoring application. In his post, SghnDubh outlined the various achievements of Battleclinic in relation to EVE Online:
It’s been a fun and occasionally frustrating time, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed our offerings. We were the first and most innovative major killboard for Eve, and the first site to allow players to share Eve loadouts. We provided Evemon a permanent home and assisted many other projects. We were the first fansite to display a booth at Fanfest.
Also in the post, SghnDubh stated that Battleclinic will be archived for 6 months, though no indication was made as to what will happen exactly after that six month period. In recent years, Battleclinic was overshadowed as a ship fitting service by utilities like Pyfa and websites like Osmium and Null-Sec.com, while its killboard was supplanted by the now-ubiquitous zKillboard.
Battleclinic was the go-to third party site when it came to EVE Online when I joined the game back in 2007/2008. It was unimaginable at that time that any other website could supplant Battleclinic as the most useful place on the web for EVE players – and that remains true. No one website or application comes close to offering all that Battleclinic did; rather, the site appears to have wound down due to the fact that it was run by two enthusiasts in a part-time capacity, as well as a staff of volunteers. As with all such projects, entropy catches up with you in the end. I would like to extend my personal thanks and congratulations to both SghnDubh and MrCue for their service and their achievement.
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