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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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.
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