The EVE Online community is in turmoil as thousands of players band together in-game to protest the introduction of microtransactions.
EVE’s publisher CCP has decided to offer microtransactions – and the EVE community are not happy about it. They are making their disapproval known as only EVE Online players can – by gathering at Jita and Amarr, the main trading hubs, and firing at a memorial statue. The mass attack has locked down the trade hubs and thrown the game economy out of balance.
The EVE Online community are known for taking their game seriously, with CCP even comparing EVE to religion. CCP trod lightly during the opening of the microtransaction store, assuring players that they would only be offering cosmetic in-game items for sale. The prices even for these, though, are ridiculously high: $20 gets your avatar a skirt (you could buy two real world skirts with that!).
However, for many of the EVE Online devout this is just the beginning. The fear is that the opening of the microtransaction store will lead to the eventual sale of in-game items that actually help gameplay. This would allow players to “pay-to-win,” and the EVE Online community are having none of that.
I wonder which will last longer, CCP or the game’s economy.
Thanks to Kotaku.