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Virtual riots break out in EVE online

On June 25, 2011 by Aaron Meehan

Now here is something I didn’t think I would see in a mmo. Riots have broken out in the popular sci-fi mmo EVE Online. The riots have come about after EVE players felt unhappy about how the company that runs EVE Online CCP wanted to expand the micro transaction model beyond vanity items and into ships, ammo etc. in a leaked internal newsletter, some people were unsure if this newsletter leak was even real but in a thread post the leaked newsletter was confirmed to be real

The newsletter was not fake. I guess this is how it feels when someone reads your diary, something you hadn’t intended anyone else to see. Not to deflect the heat but to explain why what I’m about to say, I wasn’t involved with writing it. The only reason I mention that is because I am not going to presume to know the minds of the people who did have comments in there. I am not going to throw people I love under the bus or to the lions or whatever. I can’t/won’t answer questions about what they said or why they said it.

Our newsletters are written as a means to bring about discussion (that sometimes can even become heated debate) among our coworkers. That’s really all I can say about it. I am not a game designer. I’m a mouthpiece. I’ll admit it. By the time I get involved, the decisions have been made. Not making excuses for myself, just explaining.

Also an official response came from CCP in the EVE developer blog talking about the leaked newsletter. The blog seemed to suggest that it was just a question that was toyed around in CCP.

Unfortunately for CCP the developer blog was not satisfactory enough and as of yesterday protests erupted in game with the biggest being at Jita 4-4 station which is one the biggest trade hubs in the game. The protest saw the Jita memorial attacked by up to 2,000 players. With 2,000 players the sector is locked down and according to EVEnews24 players are being rerouted to Perimeter who try to jump to Jita.

If you are interested in seeing how the protest is going in Jita there is a livestream of the event of Justin.tv

It really is hard to believe that from what was people being annoyed about high prices for vanity items like a monocle that would cost the equivalent of $60 in game ISK (EVE Online’s currency) to a leak about game changing purchases brought about a protest.

For more information about this ongoing event check out EVENews24 .

Source: EVENews24

Author: Aaron Meehan

Hi, I’m the creator of SG Gaming Info. When I’m not working on my writing or creating content for this site’s YouTube channel, I like to relax and enjoy character driven story games.


2 Responses to “Virtual riots break out in EVE online”

  • “It really is hard to believe that from what was people being annoyed about high prices for vanity items like a monocle that would cost the equivalent of $60 in game ISK (EVE Online’s currency) to a leak about game changing purchases brought about a protest.”

    WRONG.

    The issue isnt the price .The issue is that CCP refuses to respond if anything beyond “vanity” items will be sold in the same manner. Selling game changing items for real money destroys the entire mechanics of the game.

  • I have seen a similar reaction in the now doomed SWG. Where players gathered in huge amounts in certain planets cities like Naboo so they could crash the server they were playing on, protesting about the NGE. SOE responded by banning and suspending players that took part in these events.

    On that front they did not listen. I just hope the guys at eve do listen.

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