Hi ED. (mostly a brief replication of the PM I sent)
As for latency, even given the rough nature of the game the latency for PVE is really good for OCE players. Things like button interactions have a small delay in registering and can get a bit fiddly at times, but once you're in space and fighting vs AI pirates during the missions you can engage with them and everything feels natural - No issues to speak of, good hit reg and evasives work etc. PVP is the complete opposite. I've fought 1v1 with someone in a dogfight for upward of 30mins, my Sabre vs their Cutlass and I did no damage despite seeing constant hit reg on my HUD. I've not seen a ping counter in the open universe (called Crusader in game) but it's pretty clear that for me in NZ I'm looking at around 220 to 240 ping. Some variance from ISPs.
Then there's the Arena Commander mode - again, I have similar struggles in the Spectrum matches (PVP battle royale arenas) but with the right opponents can score kills and have a good time. Ping is still a handicap however. There's also the PVE arena commander, Vanduul Swarm (and upcoming Pirate Swarm) where all those issues disappear.
Public version 2.6 is currently scheduled to be only 1 more day away, I've been testing the pre-release candidate as a subscriber and there's a lot of improvements coming with 2.6 - Introducing the Star Marine module (FPS PVP matches, tho I'm expecting ping issues here too) and the additional PVE Pirate Swarm in Arena Commander module. Crusader gets new ships, a couple new missions and some easter eggs to explore.
The Tier1 members of SKY-TEK decided now was a good time to reach out to OCE players to see who is interested in playing with a smaller group as opposed to those orgs that already have 700+ members. 2.6 also brings about brand new ship balance and flight mechanics to test, and we can start working together on tactics and have some fun while still testing the game.
As for the API key: I forget as it's not my area of specialisation I'll confirm the method with the others and come back to you with the answer.