A Scientist's Life in Eve

You mean people don’t just shoot each other? CCP to investigate!

by on Jan.17, 2014, under Eve online

Please, everybody who reads this blog and everybody else you know – get them to complete the CCP survey about industry.

In the UK, we are known for having a rather invasive and tenacious newspaper industry.  Recently, our government has been trying to introduce laws to regulate the industry in the wake of a phone hacking scandal which resulted in one Sunday newspaper actually closing its doors.  The industry’s own regulator is perceived to have failed, and their own suggestion of a new regulator, not enshrined in law, has been rejected by the government, with the government’s proposal having been rejected by the press themselves.

So why am I sharing this completely non-Eve related information with you?  Well, despite all of the above, the Prime Minister yesterday described the UK’s press as the “linchpin of democracy”.

How does that work then?  Do the Government like the newspapers or dislike them?  Do they trust them?  Do they value them?

I’ll be honest that I, personally, strongly dislike the way some of the more “basic” newspapers sensationalise things to instil sometimes more extreme views in a relatively small section of society about a particular subject, decision or event.  I also find it quite amusing when a particular newspaper or TV news programme is obviously politically partisan, and then denies that it is when challenged with the plain facts.

Again, how does this relate to Eve?

Well, this is stretching the analogy a little far (even for me, somebody who lives for analogies!), but imagine that the government represents CCP, everyday people in the UK represent “normal” players in Eve, and the press represent industrial players in Eve.  I did warn you that this analogy was stretching things, but try to stick with me for a moment :)

So the industrialists haven’t regulated themselves very well: bots to mine ice/ore and to farm rats are known to be an issue; large alliances control the high end moon mining and have formed cartels to manipulate the market; the soft squishy Carebears have been too difficult to find and kill until more recently.

How have the industrialists (the press) reacted?  Some players have been incensed and have been very vocal, stirring up small parts of the player community.  Some players have tried to present reasoned opinion and have even tried to suggest their own solutions to the issues raised.

However, CCP don’t seem to like this and have started to impose their own regulation: gravitational sites no longer need to be scanned; interceptors can almost insta-warp even through bubbles almost before they’ve finished jumping through the gate;  new deployable modules are added to make it easier to disrupt the Carebears work.

Yet despite this, the recent CSM minutes acknowledge that most of the value in the game is due to manufacturing.  Just like the UK’s Prime Minister, CCP have effectively given the nod to say that they do know that Eve needs industry.

Wow – I’m really rambling on with this post. Time to end it with a little thought:

PvP players – how many accounts do you have? 2, maybe 3? One main PvP account with possibly a booster alt? Industry players – how many accounts do they have? Well, many multi-box miners will run between 6 and 10 accounts, all mining at the same time.  Pure manufacturing players might have between 4 and 6 accounts. Even professional mission runners will be running at least 2 if not 3 accounts to ensure that they are breezing through sites quickly, and cleaning up their mess behind them.

So, on average, each industry character will have 2 to 5 times as many active subscriptions as a PvP player.  That’s quite a lot of money in subscriptions to be ignoring or, even worse, changing the game to make their gameplay less enjoyable.

I encourage you once again to complete the survey linked at the top of the post.  If CCP are given enough feedback from enough players, just maybe something might happen.