|Subtype||Ship Popularity Contest|
|Occurrence||Yearly in September|
Players can upload creative art and upvote their favorite ships in the Community Hub. The top 16 ships will be selected and pitted against each other. Upon completion, special sales and ship liveries are made available for the top four ships.
|Year||Winner||2nd Place||3rd Place||4th Place|
|2952||ANVL Carrack||CRUS Mercury Star Runner||ANVL C8X Pisces Expedition||RSI Scorpius|
|2951||ARGO MPUV-1C||CRUS Mercury Star Runner||CRUS C2 Hercules Starlifter||ORIG 600i Explorer|
|2950||ANVL Carrack||ANVL Valkyrie||DRAK Cutlass Black||AEGS Eclipse|
|2949||DRAK Caterpillar||AEGS Reclaimer||DRAK Cutlass Black||ANVL Hammerhead|
Originally, the 2951 contest entry for the ARGO MPUV-1C was made more in jest than with any serious intention of it winning the showdown. However, an overwhelming fanbase as well as a rising Empire-wide appreciation for the MPUV's utility quickly saw it rising through the rounds and beating the MISC Freelancer, Anvil Carrack, and then the C2 Hercules in the semi-finals before triumphing over the Star Runner in the finals.
- 2952 Ship Showdown Winners. Retrieved 2022-09-18
- 2951 Ship Showdown Winners. Retrieved 2021-12-11
- 2950 Ship Showdown Winners. Retrieved 2021-12-11
- 2949 Ship Showdown Winners. Transmission - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2021-12-11
- Clean Shot: Argo Advocate. Spectrum Dispatch - Comm-Link. Retrieved 2021-12-11