Drayth wrote on Sep 1, 2018, 18:08:
All they had to do was announce their plans to possibly do a professional streaming service, put all the details that have been posted since the dumpster fire into the announcement and ask for community feedback on the matter.
Can't really do a poll since some are getting it for free anyways (which would stack the poll against those who would have to pay), but at least start a discussion that's visible to the backers.
Chris put the cart before the horse, thinking they're on the same footing with the fans as Blizzard. There's a large fan base, yes. Until at least one of the games is shipped though they have to be crystal clear about any channels for more funding.
Exactly. When pitching CitizenCon 2018 they could have presented the options and asked for fan feedback. Instead what we saw was a reactionary measure when CitizenCon tickets failed to sell out due to the larger venue they opted for. Many fans would have been happy to buy an optional digital pass with a few flair items (digital trophy, skins, etc)to support the event. Instead CIG held to ransom a livestream that has always been free previously to cover for the mistake in overextending themselves with the venue.
I actually spoke to Sandi last year in Cologne and she said they were considering a larger venue for Gamescom that would be triple the size and feature a live orchestra, which given the issues selling tickets for CitizenCon 2018 sounds like a pretty troublesome idea. I can understand wanting to expand the events but the issue is that it can distract from game development.
Previously CIG has been happy to share content for upcoming patches but we've barely seen anything for 3.3 and the first planet that's going to be introduced and Around the Verse has been shrunk from 30-40 minutes of lots of content previews to 5-10 minutes of mainly community content. Fans are not happy that CIG is choosing to withold content from the community and then charge them for the privilege of watching it. There was already some discontent about the lack of content being shown and this was the straw that broke the camels back.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."