EVE Online changes F2P mission access to combat bots and releases its first economic report of 2019

    
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There’s been an unfortunate increase of RMT activity in New Eden recently, and in the delicate balancing act that is the in-game economy of EVE Online, that can mean big trouble. In an effort to try and combat RMT and botting, courier mission access for EVE’s F2P Alpha players is getting adjusted.

All level four and five courier missions will now be locked behind the Omega Clone subscriber paywall in what is explained as a measure to fight back against RMT. The changes to mission access are due to arrive to Singularity soon and are expected to arrive to the live server with the March release. The dev blog that announced the move does contend that this will not be the only solution against RMT and botting and that it is exploring other avenues of halting Alpha Clone access abuse.

On the subject of EVE Online’s economy, 2019’s first monthly economic report is also live. If you’re the sort who stares intently at the trading trends of New Eden, you’ll want to take a closer look.

The security team also has an accounting of all the miscreants it’s banned since the dawn of the new year.

sources: EVE Online site (thanks Panagiotis!), EVE Online twitter

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PanagiotisLial1

After investigating further, the decision has been made to place all level 4 and 5 missions behind the requirement to have Omega status, to assist the fight against RMT and botting.

Just to correct an inaccuracy the article on this link mentions the above. For this reason its far more serious too as it involves ALL lvl 4 and 5 missions instead

There is also an innacuracy by CCP itself as there arent lvl 5 courrier missions. To be exact the only type of lvl 5 missions is Security. Only way you can get by weird luck a courrier mission is get a storyline mission(special random mission after doing 20 missions). They had tried to add other types of missions on lvl 5 some years ago but it crushed the loyalty points(lp) market and they shut them down within a month.

Most botting comes from secured null sec areas and this change doesnt touch them. Its ratting and mining in nullsec. What this change really can do is reduce the number of players that stayed playing viably on alpha clones as it was a good way for them to make some cash to fund their plex or ships/equipment.

I expect at least 10-15% drop on their overall population next 2-3 months and probably more over longer term

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Arktouros

Once again CCP proving the Alpha Clones are nothing more than the trial version of the game. If you wanna crack down on botting, crack down on botting. Don’t ruin the game for legitimate players because people switch to one of the few things Alpha Clones can be profitable in.

What a total scam.

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Denice J. Cook

Obviously, they’re trying to nerf anything that’s keeping many Alphas from subscribing.

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Bruno Brito

Games should make you WANT to subscribe, not force you.

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PanagiotisLial1

I think CCP Seagull left who was one of those that envinsioned the Alpha Clone experience they decided to go a different path

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Arktouros

That seems likely. I know Brendan has stated multiple times their intent for Alphas wasn’t to make or get subscribers it was meant to be it’s own viable route/play style but personally I’ve never bought that line of thinking. They had this super restrictive trial, followed by a loosened trial, and now they’re tightening it back up probably after not seeing the results they wanted from the system/changes.

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PanagiotisLial1

as long as seagull was in place and they werent under pearl the viability kept improving so I think it was the original thinking hoping that alphas fuel more sand in the sandbox in all aspects while buying skins etc