Skill Trading is coming to EVE Online tomorrow, prices revealed

    
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A few months ago, CCP Games announced its somewhat unorthodox plans to allow EVE Online players to extract and sell their skill points on the open market for in-game currency. Players can already buy and sell entire characters for ISK via the Character Bazarr, but the new system allows smaller batches of skill points to be extracted and traded as items. Other players can then buy the skill packets and inject them into their character to be assigned to any skill they like. The skill extractor items go on sale tomorrow, and CCP has released a new devblog explaining how to get your hands on them.

Each consumable skill extractor sucks 500,000 skill points (about 10 days of passive skill training) out of your character’s head for sale, and characters with over 5 million skill points will suffer diminishing returns when injecting them. Skill extractors can be bought in the cash shop for 1,000 Aurum or purchased directly for $5.49 each. From tomorrow until February 26th, players who sign up to 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions will get several injectors free and anyone buying Aurum packages will get more bonus Aurum than usual. This new mechanic will allow new players who can make it rich in EVE to physically catch up to older players in skill points, but it remains to be seen just how expensive skill packets will become on the open market.

Source: EVE Devblog
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dorn2
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dorn2

Landari_Omega 
You’d have to spend about $500-1000 dollars to “catch up” with vets with these things.   It’s far cheaper to just buy a veteran character actually.

dorn2
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dorn2

What an insane rip off.  Most of the better skills would cost about $20-50 with this kind of pricing.

Nyphur
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Nyphur

I have a PvP alt that I obsessively train skills to level 5 on but she’s missing some skills, so I’ll probably put some ISK down on skill packets to round off some of those if it’s affordable. If the forums and reddit are any indication, people are definitely using injectors!

Tithian
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Tithian

Esoteric Coyote It’s getting worse as time goes by. The thing is, the current money making basics for newbies (ratting, missions) have the same rewards they had back in 200X. Maybe those payouts made sense when a PLEX would cost 400 mil and a T2 Heavy Cruiser would be at 200 mil, but now after the prices more than doubled it’s just easier to cash in a PLEX and instantly make 1.1 bil ISK. 
The only other way to make that sort of money with conventional methods would be to either no-life the game, or just bot it. And surprise, there are many players (legit ones, not RMT schemes) that do just that with 10-15 accounts while they sleep. And enter the Catch-22, CCP cannot currently rebalance the rewards to help the newbies, since the aforementioned veterans running multiple accounts would exploit the hell out of it and crash the economy. As it is known, “anything that is designed to help a new player will help the veterans exponentially more”, which can be disastrous in a sandbox.
It’s not surprising that every ‘guide to trading’ I’ve seen starts with “convert a PLEX to ISK to get capital”, since the alternative is running courier missions for the first 4 months in the game.

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Myself I won’t be bothering with this system, however I don’t see it having a huge impact, even if a new player goes and buys a whole heap of skill points and jumps into a Battleship or larger early he/she still won’t know how to fit it properly so will have some shit fit, head out to low sec and likely get popped.
It may drive those type of new players away, but players that like to pay to skip straight to stuff that they don’t know how to fit or fly won’t be much of a loss anyway.
However for more experienced players it might be a nice way to now and then just cut down one of those long training times.
Thankfully I can play a video game and not worry about what other features people are and are not using :)

theeknighthood
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theeknighthood

Armsbend If you don’t like the game why do you care, I really hate these people that wish for things that other people enjoy to fail, you don’t like EVE, we get it, move on already and avoid EVE related articles

Craywulf
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Craywulf

John Wise Sure you can, if you been playing MMOs for last 25 years…you can buy skill with XP points. ;-p

TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

SallyBowls1 Armsbend I always thought the first IT started with the eye glass. I think this new IT is another major shift that will ruffle some feathers, but at the same time I see where CCP is hoping it makes EVE more appealing to newbies.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

*?sniff?* Oh, that’s the smell of desperation.

Go away, CCP.  You’re done.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Armsbend TimothyTierless  Some say it started in June of 2008 when you could start buying ETC with RL$ to sell for ISK.