The burning of Jita was an event organized by a group of players and involved thousands of players launching a surprise attack and pretty much destroying every ship there. Here's a helpful picture to illustrate just what happened.
|Burn, baby burn. [Click to embiggen]|
For several months now, a coalition of thousands of players have been planning the "Burn Jita" event, aimed at disrupting the biggest trade hub in game in order to wreak some terrific, universe-wide changes by shaking the very pillars of EVE's economy at its metaphorical heart. Surely there was some sort of larger, meta-economic objective that likely would cause them great profit. This planning happened both in game and outside of game, via voice over IP chat, secret forums, Twitter and more. A sci-fi plot of the new information age if there ever was one.This actually makes me want to play Eve, even though you don't really pilot your ship as much as you point and click where you want it to go. Still, I may have to reconsider it.