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EVE Online controversy gets resolution

Saturday, 2nd July 2011 21:49 GMT By Andrew Groen

EVE Online developer CCP was in hot water with its own player base over micro-transactions recently, but has found a resolution after a meeting with user representatives.

After a meeting with EVE’s elected representatives in Iceland (CCP’s headquarters,) called the Council of Stellar Management, the two sides have seemingly found common ground and come to an agreement.

During the meetings, CCP was very apologetic and was able to convince they players that they had no intention of implementing “pay to win” features like the so-called “golden ammo”.

They declared that the players would never be able to buy an advantage with money instead of time.

For now the crisis seems quelled as the Council of Stellar Management is returning home after having brokered a deal that the EVE Online player base is satisfied with.

Microtransactions in the form of vanity items will continue to be a part of the game.

The so-called “monacle-gate” seems to be over for the moment.

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  1. Talkar

    So the deal was to apologize? Or am i reading this wrong?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Andrew Groen

    CCP never intended to introduce pay-to-win items. The “deal” was basically the players being convinced CCP was being truthful when they said they never would. Seems like a waste of a flight to Iceland if you ask me.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. noherczeg

    sum of the meeting’s results:

    - no golden ammo/ship for MT
    - introduction of lower graphics settings for CQ + optimisations
    - cheaper and more items in NeX
    - possible restoration of the classic hangar view

    #2

    Yes it was a waste of money / kerosene / time

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jacobvandy

    You guys might see it that way, as it’s not like they really had any kind of negotiation or resolution to anything. But, you have some “elected player officials” that now worship the developers because they were given a free trip and motel, which will have a trickle-down effect on PR. At least, that’s usually the idea behind these type of things (see Valve, etc.).

    More than likely, CCP decided that spending the money flying these bozos in to Iceland was cheaper than continuing to deal with a “controversy” the way they had been.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jnms

    @4, to anyone that can read body language, they will see immediately in the video that what you say isn’t true.

    CCP got a massive battering from the CSM, and the Senior Producer was still reeling from that when the video was filmed.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. galaxy366

    Is EvE f2p from what I read? Almost free 2 play?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. jnms

    @6; Eve can be free to play, but only if you can make enough in-game money to pay for your subscription.

    You can buy 30day game time from the in-game market using in-game currency that you earn from doing in-game activities.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DarkElfa

    Too little, too late. I already handed in my subscriptions and I’m not going back.

    #8 3 years ago