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Originally Posted by Suricata
Also, I got an email back from the Danish Justice ministry, the Danish Gambling Authorities are now investigating the lockboxes in STO in relation to Danish law, it should be noted that because the ships are tradeable and have shown up on some auction sites, like ebay, they can actually have a real world value, which really complicates the issue!
Quote Originally Posted by Prower
Just imagine all that lost revenue from one of the richest areas in the world if this goes the worst case scenario.
Quote Originally Posted by @borticus
Honestly? Probably less revenue than would be lost by not doing any more Lock Boxes. ... I hope you realize that the most likely course of action here, if any is taken, is that the STO becomes unplayable in the Netherlands. IP blocks, proxy blocks, etc.
Quotes from Borticus taken from here
So there you have it folks. Cryptic would rather take their toys and go home than give up their precious lockboxes.
Borticus did try to do the usual spin/backpedalling here, but personally I do not buy any of his whining. Anyone stupid enough to be making comments like he did in a public forum for all the world to see deserves what they get. Most companies have policies that forbid an employee from publicly expressing opinions on how the company operates or their feelings about management or representing the companies views. You see this all the time on TV here in the US where a program has a disclaimer to the effect of "the views in this program do not represent the network" etc. If he is dumb enough to publicly talk about how he thinks Cryptic might stop doing business in entire continents should the lockbox scams be ruled as illegal, he should not be crying about that opinion being published.
I could be wrong, but since EU laws may apply here to this kind of thing, it is likely that should the boxes be deemed illegal in Denmark, chances are good they will be all throughout the EU, which would mean STO would become unavailable in Europe. So Cryptic would just take their toy and go home.
Nice to know how little Cryptic values you as a customer, eh?
Thread on the STO forums is here.