Star Citizen Scraps CitizenCon Keynote Stream Fee

Star Citizen backers are generally pretty understanding about Cloud Imperium Gaming's ongoing crowdfunding efforts, and many of them own hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of virtual ships for CIG's upcoming space game(s). An effort to raise more funds for CitizenCon has met with outrage, however, as fans balked at an effort to charge to watch a livestream of the keynote for the convention. After considerable backlash on Reddit, the developer has relented and made the stream free once again (thanks theyarecomingforyou). Chris Roberts' post about all this outlines initial reasoning that sounds similar to what's happened with development of the game itself, saying more money was sought because the scope of the convention has expanded beyond their initial plans:
This year's CitizenCon is much bigger than last years, with two separate stages and tracks. We did this because we felt the format we tested last year was a success and because of this we wanted to expand it to allow more people to attend and provide more opportunities to hear from and interact with the devs.

With a venue and planned attendance three times the CitizenCon in Frankfurt, with more panels (so more devs needing to travel) , more food and drink options for everyone the proposed budget for this year's CitizenCon was almost double last years. And this was without any video coverage, let alone streaming of the second stage, and a plan to just stream the opening keynote from the main stage.

Yes, you read that right, the original plan didn't have any plan for streaming anything beyond the opening keynote. There was not even video archiving of the second stage due the additional costs of getting a second video crew for that stage. Even then there was some debate as to whether it was truly worth it to spend a chunk of change to stream the opening keynote for 90 minutes when we're always in a foot race to compress it as a high-quality video and post to YouTube as quickly as possible after the demo so people can enjoy a HD Video as opposed to a crappy re-post of a Twitch Stream.
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Choobeastia wrote on Sep 1, 2018, 00:31:
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 31, 2018, 21:09:
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I'm not really a fan of the plan they proposed, and I'm glad they've changed it. That said, if you read the other posts, you'd see that the screw ups and streaming errors were some of the things they were trying to correct with that money (right or wrong) by getting a professional film and streaming crew rather than doing it in house.

It's not a great excuse, but it's something. As for the rest... eh, I feel like you're just fired up about something. There's a lot of "how dare they" and "who do they think they are" in there, which makes it sound like they were killing your dog. I mean... they were going to put the streams up for free as high def youtube videos afterwards anyway. This was just for the livestreaming itself, so it's not like anyone was going to miss out. The youtube numbers dwarf the livestream numbers by a massive amount. So not paying, you would have missed out on literally nothing but whatever rewards they were offering.

In short, grab a nap or something, grumpasaurus.

I stopped watching most SC content around 2015 when the amount of lies became unbearable and when it became clear as day that pledge money was wasted for the sole purpose of creating fancy trailers and demos to extort more monies from the tards instead of developing the actual game.

The face of the cult leader on screen makes me want to vomit. When he opens his lying tard mouth I wanna puke like Monty Python's Mr. Creosote.

I never had any intention to watch their shitshow of MOAR LIES anyway. My issue with the monetization of the stream is not personal but principle-based. The principle is fucking retarded. Why pay money for watching a marketing event? Why pay money to be showered with advertising?

It doesn't get much dumber than that... except when you get showered with PAID advertising for a game that ain't even anywhere close to finished yet but has raised nearly $200 million in crowdfunding money. It's a pure money grab by greedy assholes. There is nothing to justify that crap. It is plain fucking robbery.
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