Goons were untouchable until they failed to deliver the $150K. Then they became outcasts overnight and the IWI RMT block became above the law – until they met with real life gambling law. Then IWI got banned overnight and the devs found their next “winner”: whoever controls the trillions-for-nothing Perimiter citadels.
So there you have it, the Imperium lost the Casino War because it failed to raise a $150,000 payoff for CCP.
I love me a good conspiracy theory, and here is Gevlon continuing to justify his leaving EVE Online… so long after he left that you have to wonder who he is really addressing here… the goblin doth protest too much methinks… by claiming that CCP picks winners. It also seems to invalidate his claim that he beat Goons by funding Mordus Angels. If CCP picked the winner, then I guess he didn’t really enter into it. After the failed Kickstarter, Goons were doomed already.
This is especially timely as the CSM 12 elections are going on right now and CCP is working to try and get the non-null sec part of the game to actually give a shit and vote. CCP isn’t actively campaigning against null sec. But getting out the vote clearly works against null sec sweeping the election yet again. Is this how one picks winners? (Cue “CCP could be doing more!” comment)
I would actually like to put Gevlon’s conspiracy up against Dinsdale Pirannha’s, because the Din/Vin spin is that Goons run CCP and that every thing they do is strictly to benefit them. In his world, Goons were slated to win the war (quote on record), banning IWI was just removing an RMT competitor, and Goons really own whatever citadel is making money one jump from Jita. (Also something about fellatio now and again because Din is so angry he has to personify the imagined collusion into a sexual relationship.)
My own observation of the current “winners,” which is anecdotal, but which has persisted over months, is that citadels one jump from Jita do not have all that much impact on the market. I extract and sell a skill injector every week at the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant at Jita Planet IV moon 4, and the prices listed in Perimeter have no bearing on what I can get for the injector. I look at the market, sort the prices low to high, scroll past all the low ball Perimeter listings to where the Jita price stands, list in that range, and the injector sells within hours despite being priced as much as 20% above the Perimeter citadel price.
I am sure some people buy in Perimeter. I would if it were my ISK. But clearly the habit and the implied safety of Jita 4-4 is strong enough to be worth a bonus. Plus it is still the place to buy everything else. Perimeter is really only trying to corner the PLEX and skill injector market. Nobody is hauling all of their production to a third party citadel.
And those citadels are not even that safe. A reader sent me a PLEX in game for answering some questions, contracted to me from a citadel in Perimeter. (Thank you, btw!) Only when I went to collect it, I found it was in the safety tab of my assets window with a timer before it would appear in an NPC station. The citadel it was in had been destroyed. Oops. Now I have to wait until I can buy it out of hock.
Anyway, this sounds like a classic choice of malice over ignorance. Do you think CCP is picking winners? Is CCP just bad at predicting consequences? (Or believing when players point them out in advance?) Or is this just along the lines of Malcanis’ law (another Gevlon favorite), where anything aimed at helping newer players ends up helping the entrenched older players even more so?
Looking forward to the inevitable Gevlon and Dinsdale comments on this.