Naturally, with the announcement of a price increase, the hot light of public inquiry has been shone onto the subject of SOE Station Access. Outrage and rash pronouncements have been the order of the day. Forums are aflame. Blogs appear to united in the message “Nuts to you, SOE!”
So I thought this was the perfect atmosphere to wander onto the SOE Station forums and ask a question with a different tack: How does Station Access money get distributed?
I have been curious about this since Station Access came into being a couple years back. I wanted to know which games were getting my money and if the amount of time I played a specific game figured into how much of my money said game got.
And, honestly, I wanted to make sure that if I added a game to my account, then did not like it, that my not playing that game would ensure that not a nickel of my money would go to support it. I am not in that situation, but I like to be prepared.
In just over two hours after posting my question I got an answer from Mr. Community Relations himself, Alan “Brenlo” Crosby, who said,
Without going into too much detail, yes the games you play while on Station Access and the amount of time you play them determine any financial benefit for a game.
A short answer, but sufficient for my needs, and quite prompt. He was probably happy to see a question that didn’t ask how he slept at night or used the term “blood sucking.”
So my playing a game allows cash to flow to that game, while withholding play withholds cash, the very life’s blood of commerce, from a game that has earned my displeasure… or that I am just bored with at the moment.
So as I tally up the pros and cons of Station Access when deciding whether or not to renew, I can add “inflated sense of power” to the pros column. I am not sure that is worth five dollars a month, but it is worth something.