Heading to EVE Vegas 2018

That time of the year has arrived, at the other side of the calendar from EVE Fanfest in Iceland is EVE Vegas.  This coming weekend, October 19 through 21, CCP will be setting up in the city most closely representative of New Eden, if only New Eden still allowed gambling.  CCP has a dev post up covering the various aspects of the event.

EVE Vegas 2018

There will be a lot of eyes on CCP as this will be the first public event for the company after the acquisition by Pearl Abyss, the deal having closed on October 12.

I expect that the keynote will cover this in a very “everything will remain business as usual” sort of way.  Neither CCP nor Pearl Abyss wants to rock the boat right now, so a sense of soothing continuity seems like the best plan.

Still, if you want to panic about something, you can go check out the job posting for the new Monetization Director position at CCP.

You will work with Project Managers, Directors and EVE development teams to strengthen monetization designs, vision and process.

As it turns out, CCP is in it for the money.  Who knew?

EVE Vegas is also where we’re likely to hear about the next big thing for EVE Online.  We are at the end of the year where we often get a big, named release as opposed to a monthly update, and CCP like to announce that sort of thing in front of a live studio audience.

We will no doubt be hearing about CCP’s other New Eden related plans.  There is a presentation for Project Nova on the schedule.

For the fourth year running I will be attending EVE Vegas.  This year, in a change up from my usual lurking off on the side, I will be doing a presentation.  If you are going to EVE Vegas as well you have a good chance of spotting me at 4pm on Saturday in the Social A room.

EVE Vegas 2018 – Saturday Schedule (Pacific Time 16:00 = UTC 23:00)

Yes, my topic is blogging.  Go with what you know.  I will be attempting to evangelize the joys of blogging about internet spaceships.  So if you are in Vegas, have a badge, aren’t going to the Abyssal Deadspace round table presentation, and cannot find anything better to do, you can see me mumble into a microphone about the history, future, and reality of blogging.

If you are viewing from home… and CCP is streaming a lot of the event on their Twitch channel… then you’re not going to see me.  While some presentations are being streamed, the block of time where I am speaking is being used for Stream Fleet.

EVE Vegas 2018 – Saturday Streaming Schedule

Given that at least one slide of my presentation goes over the new media options that have supplanted blogging over the last decade, the irony of being pre-empted by streamers is not lost on me.  I suspect they looked at the list of speakers and put the two most dull topics into the same hour so they could turn the camera elsewhere.  Hard to blame anyone for that.  But at least the pressure is off and I don’t have to worry about accidentally saying “fuck” or anything.

Anyway, there it is.  I will be at EVE Vegas to hear what is coming for the game live and in person as well as communing with my fellow blogging types.  These events do tend stratify into groups, so it is probably telling that I’m over in a corner talking about CCP and New Eden rather than at the bar drinking and being loud.  Look for reporting on the event and some pictures next week.

Addendum:

After writing this I got the email from CCP about watching EVE Vegas remotely which includes a streaming schedule that is different from the one on the megablog post linked above.

Alternate universe streaming schedule

I suspect that the one in the in the original post is correct and that somebody just copied the presentation schedule rather than the streaming schedule, but who can tell.  Maybe you’ll see me, maybe you won’t.  We’ll only know when the time comes I suppose.  But now I’ve gone from wondering what I should wear to not caring what I wear to again being concerned about what I will wear.  I’m thinking one of the Open Comms show T-shirts.

9 thoughts on “Heading to EVE Vegas 2018

  1. SynCaine

    Oh also, in a “because its CCP”, why the hell do they not already have a monetization director?

    I imagine someone high up from PA comes in, views the org structure, and asks “where is the area that focuses on making money from what you produce?” and everyone from CCP just shrugs and mumbles about having PLEX sales sometimes, plus look at the new skin!

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  2. Asmiroth

    Yeah, that’s neato. I would think that EVE’s “slowness” is better represented through blogging that streams anyhow. Who wants to watch hours of time dilation when you can look at pretty screenshots. Does make me wonder about stream sniping in EVE… if that’s even a thing.

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  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Asmiroth – Oh yes, stream sniping is very much a thing. I think Markee Dragon, whose name pops up all over MMO history from UO forward, often in connection with RMT, streams EVE Online and gets tracked down. Often streamers use a mask over their display to hid their location information.

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  4. Lostguy28

    I happened to be in Vegas last year during the event. I was in the White Castle on the strip and saw a group of people with their corp shirts on and did a double take! I check your blog (I tend to unplug in Vegas, the irony} and sure enough. Have a great time and will check out the steam

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  5. magenmagentales

    Cool to see you presenting.
    Live streaming or not, the timing is bad for us in EUTZ. If we can watch it later, let us know.
    Or… maybe you would publish a transcription later?

    No matter what, enjoy it and make sure some friend/corpmate takes some pictures.

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