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In a recently released interview of CCP it was stated by CCP that EVE online will never implement a Real money trade revenue model to EVE online as it does not fit. THIS IS A LIE!
Almost a year ago CCP introduced a new scheme into EVE, this scheme allows players to buy EVE gametime codes from CCP and sell them to other players ingame for ingame money known as ISK.
Example, you pay $40 and you will be given a code from CCP, this code is a 90 day gameplay time code, you use it on a game account and that account is credited with 90 days of playing EVE online.
CCP have allowed now for quite some time players to sell these gametime codes to other players for ingame money, effectively allowing players to buy isk with real money. Player A buys a gametime code for $40 and sells the gametime code to Player B for ingame currency (about 330 million isk). In some cases, a more accurate example to what is actually happening is Player A spends $1000 dollars and buys 25 of these timecodes which he then sells to numerous other players for a sum of many billions of ingame isk.
In the interview here: http://virtual-economy.org/blog/interview_with_ccp_eve_currenc Magnus of CCP claims CCP would never allow something like this to happen, when the simple truth is it DOES happen and CCP actually endorse it, if you are scammed by another player, for instance, a player claims to be selling timecodes and you send him isk and he doesn't supply you with a working code, then the offending player will be banned from EVE online and the victim will have his isk returned to him. This system is of course massively abused in ways which i will not even go into.
Some players have sold literally 100s of these timecodes, it's much worse than just a player selling a timecode to make some isk, you have players spending massive sums of money to buy these timecodes with the pure intention of selling them for isk. IT'S BUYING ISK WITH REAL MONEY NO MATTER WHICH WAY YOU LOOK AT IT!
The reason CCP allow this to go on? Because players who have a lot of isk will make more game accounts, and any EVE player knows that the more game accounts you have, the more isk you can make. The only reason EVE online has had such a rapid subscription number increase in the past year is because the average EVE player has at minimum 2 accounts, many players have many more.
The real issue here is that CCP allow players to buy their way through the game with real world wealth, yet in interviews and to new players, it's all denied that this ever goes on. CCP need to make it very public what they are doing here, it's not going to be good for them in the long run when everybody eventually finds out what they have been hiding from all except the already subscribed and already addicted EVE players.
If you had never played EVE online before, but were planning to, and then heard about this, would you still play? I know i wouldn't!
P.S - Anyone who plans to interview anyone from CCP, ask them some questions about the Gametime code for isk situation, lets see what they have to say.