Saturday, July 2, 2011

You Can All Calm Down Now

The results of the emergency CSM summit have been released. You can read the report here.

I've noticed that some people tend to react emotionally to individual statements in a long document and then are unable to objectively read the rest of the document, so I have decided to quote a few passages.

From the statement from Arnar Hrafn Gylfason, Senior Producer for EVE Online:
It is CCP‘s plan that the Noble Exchange (NeX store) will be used for the sale of vanity items only. There are no plans, and have been no plans, as per previous communication and CSM meetings, to introduce the sale of game breaking items or enhancements in the NeX store.
The investment of money in EVE should not give you an unfair advantage over the investment of time. The CSM, under NDA, has been presented with CCP‘s plans for continued evolution of the business model and agrees that nothing they saw breaks this principle. CCP has committed to sharing their plans with the CSM on this front on an ongoing basis.
From the statement from The Mittani, Chairman of CSM 6:
Game-affecting Virtual Goods: We are convinced that CCP has no plans to introduce any game-affecting virtual goods, only pure vanity items such as clothing and ship skins. We have been repeatedly assured that there are no plans for ‘gold ammo', ships which have different statistics from existing common hulls, or any other feared ‘game destroying' virtual goods or services. We have expressed our deep concern about potential grey areas that the introduction of virtual goods permits, and CCP has made a commitment to discuss any proposals that might fall into these grey areas in detail with CSM at the earliest possible stage.
To say I'm appalled at the reaction from many of the people in the EVE community would be an understatement. CCP has the courage, maturity, and decency to admit when they're wrong. Do you? Will we be reading any apologies to CCP for over-reacting to insufficient information on any EVE blogs? I certainly hope so.

The rational among us have been saying all along that CCP wouldn't be foolish enough to have microtransactions beyond vanity items. Turns out we were right. I hope this is a lesson to some of you not to go off half-cocked based on assumptions, preconceptions and fear. 

Fly SMART people.

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