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EVE Online Microtransaction Uproar

Greed Is Good: Purportedly leaked internal bulletin shows CCP’s “refreshing” new direction outlines some of the crazy microtransaction item prices in EVE Online since the launch of the Incarna update for CCP's MMORPG. They also share a leaked internal memo from CCP that has been confirmed as authentic by Massively, that indicates that CCP may go back on their promise that they will not allow microtransactions to impact gameplay, as it says: "Not all virtual purchases will focus on customization: some will simply be new items, ammunition, ships, etc. that can be purchased outright." There's a post on the EVE Insider Forums where CCP Pann admits: "I’m here to buy time while we try to sort things out. No sense in lying about it so I'll call a spade a spade." That initial post promises to address three issues going forward: the high cost of goods in the Noble Market, unhappiness with the Captain’s Quarters, and performance issues with Incarna. As of this writing that thread has well over 200 pages of replies. Thanks James.

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28. Re: EVE Online Microtransaction Uproar Jun 25, 2011, 14:03 Rockn-Roll
 
Jonny wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 11:40:
ISK is Eve's currency, and they have an entire division set up to audit players accounts. Mysterious mass transfers of ISK get flagged and investigated.

Step 1. Player 1 transfers Real Money to Bank Account of Player 2. CCP has no way of knowing about this information.
Step 2. Player 2 gives in-game items to Player 1 for zero ISK or maybe a few thousand ISK or 1 PLEX or whatever just to make it look good. No flags...no concern...no investigation...business as usual.
Step 3. Player 2 pays his rent & utilities, makes his car payments, buys food & clothing, etc. Again CCP has no way of knowing about this information.
Step 4. Player 2 takes some of that money and purchases EVE online time and/or PLEX and purchases in-game items and plays the game...a lot. This is the only thing that is in large quantaties...the real money goes to CCP and the player spends a lot of time playing EVE. Do you really think CCP is going to investigate this activity and stop this player from playing EVE?

Jonny wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 11:40:
Everything in Eve can be traded on the market, there are no Bind on Pickup items like there are in other MMO's.

I don't know exactly what a "Bind on Pickup" item is...unless that's just a fancy way of saying that items can't be found in-game like with WOW.

Jonny wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 11:40:
Sink real money into Eve in large amounts and you will lose it. I'd be very surprised if anyone who bought the monocles have done on any toon that will leave a station, because if they show up on your avatar in local there will be a fight to blow your ship up and kill your character.

Maybe the game mechanics of EVE are totally escaping me, but isn't the battles the essential fun part of the game? I think what you are missing is that there are people that have disposable income...like in the tens of thousands of dollars of income each month. These people spend like half of that on entertainment...yes it's usually hot cars, hot girls, and lavish accomodations. But, a growing number are delving into hours of MMORPGs and yes at thousands of dollars a month. And, no they don't care if they lose the characters...they are there for the entertainment of watching the battles and stuff.
 
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