As most of us know by now, Goonswarm is in the process of trolling high sec residents and Gallente capital ship/POS holders pretty damned hard. I don’t have to spell out how the economics of this works, but in short: The DCF dries up the supply of Oxygen Isotopes, demand is static, supply diminishes, price goes up. It notably affects two groups of players: Carebears and capital pilots.
Capital pilots, especially supercap pilots, don’t care so much. Nullsec is just as dangerous as ever a place to ice mine, but TEST and Gents are probably having a field day carebearing it up to supply the
beleaguered Oxygen Isotopes market, and if not, they’re pocketing the ‘topes for their own pilots. Supercap pilots are generally rich enough that they can afford the massive hike in fuel costs, though it
is a bit inconvenient. Mission-running carebears don’t care; miners and ice miners in other pockets of space don’t care (if anything, the demand for alternative isotopes will rise, so it’s to their benefit as
well); subcap pilots in low and nullsec likely don’t care either. If they do, it’s just because they like to have something to whine about, even if it doesn’t directly affect them.
Nonetheless, a small group of EVE players are bawwing hard, and CCP is listening.
Here’s the gist of it: CCP can’t afford to lose more subscriptions. With the Incarna debacle still in recent memory, CCP is trying hard to both hold onto the subscribers they have and regain the trust of past
subscribers. It’s not that there’s thousands of ice miners that they’ll lose if nothing gets done, but rather, a few hundred players who each have multiple subscriptions. Or, consider the player who has a nullsec PVP pilot and a few carebear pilots who roll in the ISK while said player is off having a real life. Is he going to drop only his carebear subscriptions, or all of them?
This is a risk CCP can’t afford to take. In recent interviews, Hilmar and Co. have indicated that they’re looking seriously at this issue. Goonswarm has shown them exactly how easy it is to force PVP on players who want nothing to do with PVP. It’s like going to a steakhouse and being forced to eat a spoonful of tofu between every bite of steak. Given, for me, the analogy works the other way around
(PVE is like a particularly bland miso soup and PVP is the brisket) but there are many players for whom the analogy fits.
While EveNews24 has been covering this, and the possibility of High Sec becoming a ‘PVP-free’ zone has resulted in many expressing disappointment or shock, I’d be completely supportive of it for these
1. Risk-free carebearing reduces RMT. An article about botting posted months ago stated that RMT was a lot easier with EVE than WOW because the risk of high-yield botting (example: your 75-bil officer-fit Nightmare that gets suicide ganked in a mission) meant little competition and a lot of demand. In WOW, on the other hand, PVP-free zones means anybody can set up a bot and make their gravy risk-free, which is detrimental to RMT because players who might otherwise buy ISK with real money could make it a lot more cheaply (and with less risk) with a bot.
2. Risk-free carebearing drops prices. What if jet-cans couldn’t be flipped? Then miners in high-sec would have absolutely no risks to encounter. Players alienated from mining due to can flipping would
return to the belts and drive down prices of minerals. As a result, the cost to build T1 ships drops. I fly and lose ships. My income is fixed, based on yields from ratting in null-sec. So when the price of
a Hurricane drops, the amount of time I spend ratting to buy that Hurricane drops as well. Like most of my corpmates, I don’t rat simply to horde ISK: I rat just enough that I can PVP for a few days
to a week and stop. And I hate ratting, so the less time I have to do it, the better.
3. High-sec residents want it. And for Reason #2, low and nullsec residents should want it too, even nullsec carebears (since the price of quality minerals wouldn’t be affected by such a change). And if
everybody wants it, why fight it?
- Evan Drakes
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