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EVE Online to offer graphics cards in return for PLEX

Tuesday, 27th March 2012 07:23 GMT By Brenna Hillier

An arrangement between nVidia and CPP will allow EVE Online players to purchase GeForce 560 GTX graphics cards using in-game currency.

The deal, announced during an EVE Online Fanfest keynote, will see players trading 20 PLEX for the hardware, which costs close to $200 at US retail prices.

Destructoid reports CCP will trial the scheme, with just 100 cards up for grabs to begin with, and may extend the offer if it works well. Players will be able to register for the trade soon.

PLEX is a strange sort of quasi-currency widely traded in EVE Online; it represents blocks of play time, and as such, can be purchased with and is equivalent to real world money, but you can also buy it with ISK, the entirely fictitious in-game currency earned by playing. Players can even lose large quantities of PLEX if ships are destroyed while transporting it.

The price of PLEX in ISK has jumped markedly in response to the announcement.

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  1. endgame

    Do you guys realize what this means? For the first time you will be able to buy real life stuff with in-game money. And everything is legit.

    Also. “The price of PLEX in ISK has jumped markedly in response to the announcement.” That was to be expected. :) But OMG! It has an average price of 497,500,000.00 ISK right now. :))

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Big Gaz

    Personally i think this is wrecking the game, if it isn’t already. To buy one of these cards through normal channels will cost you approx $180 yet if you did it out of game and bought 10 GTC to exchange into PLEX, then this will set you back a whopping $330 at shattered crystal prices….duh, only a fool would buy PLEX at these prices so this then leads you back to ingame currency issues. I have seen a massive increase in ore farming this last week alone in the several systems i frequent despite CCP pulling loads of “botters” accounts so whats going to happen now? 1/2 a billion for 30 days game time is kicking on impossible to make unless you are an established player….oh wait, i see it now….the established players get priority over new players….way to go CCP. Oh and before you all start whinging, i have 6 accounts and all funded through ingame currency. I haven’t paid real cash for game time for over 2 years now…. fly safe

    #2 2 years ago