Three staffers depart EVE Online after huge financial year for CCP

    
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CCP Games staff have now seemingly confirmed on Reddit that EVE Online is about to become three people poorer. EVE is losing Lead Game Designer CCP Scarpia, Senior Game Designer CCP Ytterbium, and Technical Designer CCP FoxFour — the first two at the end of March; the last in June. The departures appear voluntary. CCP Ytterbium says that his own move won’t cause undue problems with the Citadels release. He also lets the community have it in regard to bashing other devs:

“You guys seem to bash anyone that touches Sovereignty or capitals. We know you guys care about your pixel spaceships, we get it. The care of the EVE community is what makes the game special in the first place. But seriously, bluntly, this shit has to stop, because it can be seriously destructive to people working in the game industry.”

“Now, don’t start saying I’m leaving because of that or because EVE is dying. None of that tinfoil-rumor thing with me or I’ll find you, cover your sorry asses with garlic before cooking them in an over-sized oven. I’m leaving because I’ve been working on EVE for 9 years, and I need to tackle new projects to grow as a professional and individual. I’m leaving because Iceland and I don’t really see eye to eye with each other (I’m from southern France which is a very sunny and hot place) and I want to see other places. I love CCP, EVE, the company, the people, the projects and you guys. It was a hard decision to make and part of me will always regret it, but I really feel I need to kick myself in the butt to progress in my life.”

This comes as CCP is celebrating a record financial year, thanks in large part to the sale of World of Darkness.

We have reached out to CCP for more information and will update when we have it.

Source: Reddit, Viðskiptablaðið via Reddit. With thanks to Pasha!
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schmidtcapela
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MrEllis Nyphur 
In the free-for-all-PvP with steep death penalties market EVE is basically lightning in a bottle. CCP keeps trying to make games with a similar premise and expected them to do as well as EVE; I sincerely doubt they will succeed in this, just like I doubt Blizzard could make a new MMO as successful as WoW, the bar is just too high.

Lateris
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Kaiser Sosey I used to troll until I tried making my own game. It is not an easy task to make games. It changed my entire perspective. Very cool post.

Wandris
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Wandris

Akami Its is meant to be condescending, as it probably should be. I don’t know the particulars in this case but I am guessing it is a small but highly vocal minority overreacting to change that developers think will benefit the game in the long run. It shouldn’t rub you the wrong way if the comment wasn’t aimed at you, unless you think that fanboy/troll jerks should be able to do whatever they want with no pushback.

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Lights_andMusic mysecretid Bannex19 
 “In what way is working for a game development company not a choice?”
My phrasing was obtuse. I wasn’t trying to emphasize that taking job A or B is a choice, but rather that taking any job with a high-stress or an abusive component is a choice — potential gain weighed against potential pain — but that taking such jobs doesn’t negate the employees’ option to dislike the negative aspects, or to speak out against them once they’re no longer in the job.

“He certainly is welcome to say that – and in return, people are
certainly welcome to respond to his statement that they “don’t want to
hear it, he knew what he was getting into when he took the job, don’t be
an actor if you cant handle the paparazzi” ”
See, this absolutist point of view is what I mistakenly believed Bannex was advocating: “You’re never allowed to speak out against anything to do with your job, because you knew the job would have bad aspects when you took it”.
As in, actors are never allowed to dislike paparazzi, or to express annoyance with their behaviors because they decided to be actors.
Some posters here have expressed this sort of opinion, and I find the reasoning completely specious.
Certainly, people have every right to ignore the developer’s opinion in this case, or to feel no sympathy for his perspective — but to suggest (as some have) that he’s effectively never allowed to chafe at certain aspects of his career, or to voice annoyance, simply because he chose that career, it’s indefensible.
Cheers,

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Bannex19 
Cool. Thanks. I’m really grateful, by the way, that you intuited that I was merely talking with you here, not trying to start some sort of internet debate.
I agree that he’s going to get flak for his stance; my point was merely that he still has the right to take that stance, and I see now that you got it.
And I wouldn’t characterize you as an uninformed, self-entitled shithead. Those few around here I do view that way, I never reply to their posts, because there’s no point. It would be like shouting into the wind and wondering why no one could hear you. :-)

Cheers,

MrEllis
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Nyphur I think the industry and CCP are way more excited about Valkyrie than EVE players are. In the end, they’ll make it an iPhone exclusive with a cash shop for missiles. CCP isn’t good at anything but EVE for some reason.

MrEllis
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Sum up: Hyperbole. False sense of drama. Edict from the mount. Rationalize. Chest thumping. Rationalize. 1st world problem. Passive/aggressive stuff. Some minor self-aggrandizing. 
He needs to Trump down if he wants the big bucks. Just don’t go Smart. The really big paychecks go to the devs who spout off more.
Pro tip: Hold your arms out slightly and puff your cheeks to look larger. This impresses publishers and makes you look fiercer for your next kick-started MOBA-indie-pixel-roguelike-sandbox-2bit-MMOG. Also, we love shops that sell lockbox keys, don’t let any pixel lover tell you otherwise, it’s just bashing.

Smiggins
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Valhalla Awaits Smiggins  Theres no point in denying EVE gameplay blows. How many people do you think have tried EVE and then when they found out its not a space SIM but a click to move 1 unit RTS left?
Probably a greater number than the number that plays it.

Valhalla Awaits
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Smiggins Hate to say it, but I agree. I love the premise, I love the artwork, hell I even love the lore. But I have to agree the gameplay could be vastly better, it’s far FAR too late for eve to make such a huge change, but I too would love to see the setting of eve, but with… how do I put this… more “interesting” and “creative” gameplay.
Of course someone could just end up making something that’s worse with a 50/50 chance.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

So nowadays the only time CCP has a banner year is when they sell off one of their dead properties…eesh.