EVE’s PLEX for Good raises over $103,000 for Nepal victims

    
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CCP has published a blog post detailing the results of its latest PLEX for Good fundraising drive that provided assistance for victims of the recent Nepal earthquake. A total of $103,650 USD was donated, which equals 6,910 PLEX or 575 years and 303 days of game time.

The sum is the second largest in the history of EVE Online’s PLEX for Good program, and the total proceeds from drives over the past decade amount to nearly half a million US dollars.

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mmonerd
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mmonerd

Farg mmonerd I always stay 100 click away from eve online

Farg
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Farg

also eve haters so thirsty they gotta try and make charity look bad #haterade #flyboys #iceman #staysaltymyfriends

Farg
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Farg

mmonerd Not the most cynical, just the most ruthless. Even pirates who just blew you up will usually be happy to offer some tips for the future if you’re new :)

mmonerd
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mmonerd

ok the most cynical gaming community on earth actually donated money. well ah !

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Wow I’m honestly shocked as the level of cynicism in these comments. Yes the money comes from eve online players, which is clearly stated even on the check, but dont count out the fact that CCP has to do work on their end to set this up and support it. If you’re at a fair and you walk up to a red cross booth that is taking donations, do you bash the people running that booth as not doing anything?
Now that I’ve at least got some of that out of my system I can get on with my original thoughts when I clicked this article. I think this is great and that other game companies should follow CCP’s example. I’ve seen very few charity campaigns run by games and aside from the ones in EVE, only a small portion of the sale seems to actually go to charity. I cant think of a better way to spend virtual game money than helping RL charity.

Nyphur
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Nyphur

PurpleCopper As has always been the case, scamming someone using the PLEX for Good campaign or any other real world charity drive will get you an instant permaban.

Zennie
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Zennie

dat hate

Nyphur
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Nyphur

shak77 Last time CCP did Plex for Good, they said that the company actually loses money on it. CCP absorbs overhead costs like transaction fees, depreciation for PLEX bought on sale, and the work time of devs organising the drive. CCP also isn’t taking credit for this; the donations are always made in the name of “The players of EVE Online” rather than CCP Games, and as a result it can’t even be written off as charitable donation on the company’s taxes.

CCP could be making a tiny profit if the campaign drives the price of PLEX up on the in-game market and that leads to more people buying them for cash and selling them in-game. Looking at the market for PLEX, the price hasn’t risen by much during the campaign so I doubt there’s a huge change in sales. The only other disparity is the fact that CCP is donating $15 per PLEX while single PLEX purchases cost $19.95 at a retailer, but I’m pretty certain that CCP only gets $15 of that after the retailer takes its cut.

I’m usually as cynical as they come, but Plex for Good is pretty damn amazing compared to some of the other stunts we’ve seen pulled. Hi-Rez Studios sold $7-$8 loot chests to support Nepal and gave only $2 from each sale to charity, for example. And let’s not forget what PLEX for Good actually is and why it’s able to raise so much money: It’s a way for people to use their pretend internet spaceship money to help with disaster relief in the real world. That in itself is pretty amazing.

shak77
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shak77

The thing is that CCP hasn’t actually “done” anything. It is the players who have bought these PLEX, either with in game money or real money, and donated it for the cause. CCP actually are indirectly profiting from this because those players will need to buy other PLEX to fund their accounts which gives profit to CCP because PLEX, which is a 1 month subscription, has to be originally paid for by real money by someone.

CCP taking credit for this just shows what kind of company it really is.

ArchDevi
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Ironwu they collect the free PR of doing absolutly nothing but still taking credit