EVE Online and CCP Games are losing another key developer: CCP Guard

    
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Sure, explosions are great, but have you ever looked at graphs.

EVE Online is losing a key dev today as Senior Community Development Lead Sveinn “CCP Guard” Kjarval announced his departure from CCP Games.

“After sixteen amazing years at CCP I recently got a new opportunity. After a lot of thinking, I decided to jump on it and will be starting a completely different adventure – in a completely different industry – in a few weeks time,” he writes. “My best way to explain it is that I simply got this crazy idea in my head – that I should get up from the place where I‘m happy, appreciated (most of the time heh 199) and safe, to do something completely different where I don‘t know all the answers and can only rely on myself and the skills I’ve picked up along the way.”

He also says that he’s not leaving because of any specific thing going on in the company and that contrary to what you might think, this isn’t a hard time for CCP.

“As hard as it is to make the decision to drop fleet (which I’ve not fully digested by the way), leaving on a high note feels like the way to do it. CCP is in great shape and in great hands! Pearl Abyss is the best thing to happen to CCP, they‘re smart, patient and they have real respect for our work with the EVE community through the years. I‘m confident you‘ll all come to see what I already know from being on the inside through all of this. The Community Team is growing (even factoring in my departure), our marketing teams and dev teams are full of energy with smart new hires all over, exciting plans and heads full of great ideas for the future of EVE.”

EVE fans will recall that CCP Games lost several prominent developers in 2018 prior to the buyout of the company by Pearl Abyss, most notably Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren, the game’s popular executive producer. The year before that, the community team was nearly wiped out in a round of severe layoffs.

Reddit is suitably dismayed, given the prevailing belief that Guard was the key face of the company and had worked there since 2002.

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Source: EVE Online. With thanks to Wilhelm.
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Armsman

TLDR : I’m getting in an Escape Pod while the getting’s good. Unfortunately no other Dev jobs exist in Iceland so I’m going into a different line of work.

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Danny Smith

“N-nothing to see here” states an increasingly nervous Eve player for the umpteenth time lately.

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Richie Shoemaker

Guard packs in CCP on the same day that a vacancy opens up in The Prodigy’s front ranks. Coincidence? I think not.

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Vaeris

Got the feeling EVE won’t be around very much longer. Maybe a year or two. Could be wrong but that’s the feeling regardless.

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Armsbend

Company buys another company > old guard reassures everyone nothing is going to change everything is going to be great while old guard basically gets a free pass to do nothing and get paid for a while > 1-2 years pass > winter is coming > old guard leaves; new guard is left holding the bag on a company they don’t recognize anymore > Northern Lights never look quite the same

Besides my Icelandic references this is the cycle of every buyout in every business.

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PanagiotisLial1

EVE players on average arent big spenders too, so when they have around 50k playerbase(not concurrent connections) take into account average is around 30 usd per player monthly so practically they should making 1.5m usd a month before expenses in about. If you consider expected profits Pearl wants, salary expenses, server expenses, not sure if they own their building or they rent it, maintainance costs over everything its possible they had to lower salary amounts and/or offer buyout. Usually on buyouts you hear people say “I left for my own reasons”

That said its one of the best sandbox companies out there and I hope to find their footing. I love EVE too despite some visible flaws on it

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Schmidt.Capela

not sure if they own their building or they rent it,

This doesn’t change much, because even if they own the building, if they kill off the company and vacate the premises they can then rent the building to someone else; the rent value, in that case, is revenue you have to give up in order to keep the studio in business. In the end, the value of the rent of the building is counted when determining profitability regardless of whether they own the building or not.

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Alex Willis

Wow. Guard is one of the OG devs. I remember reading Guard posts back in 2008 when I first fleeted up. It’s a loss, but 16 years is a long time to work anywhere.

o7 gf gf

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PanagiotisLial1

It feels like some of these people, the longtimers, maybe dont feel the pay justifies the fuzz anymore. Do we know if CCP had reshaped their salaries budget prior to being bought out?