Skill points are normally earned over time as players learn new skills. All training and "leveling" in EVE Online is done in real time, so when the servers are offline, all skills will stop leveling up. This boost of skill points makes up for the server being down, plus a really generous extra amount as a way of giving something to players to smooth over any hard feelings.
These skill points come at a great time since CCP's latest major expansion, Odyssey, came out today. To celebrate this new addition to the game, you can buy EVE for just $4.98 on Steam.
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