The Daily Grind: Should gamers be entitled to jump MMO queues if they sub?


The launch of Elder Scrolls Online’s Greymoor this week was a bit of a bungle, though not one we’ve never seen before. Launching MMOs and major expansions is usually rough, and when you have the biggest MMO update launch in the middle of a pandemic where your playerbase is stuck at home ready to play? Well, that was just a recipe for disaster.

And though ZeniMax had it mostly cleaned up within a day, that didn’t stop some gamers from flipping tables. One post rightly ridiculed on Reddit demanded a lawsuit against ZeniMax for the serious crime of… putting in queues to keep the servers stable and then not prioritizing sub players ahead of everyone else in said queues.

“As a SUPPORTER and a PLUS member I EXPECT to be at the front of that DAMN queue over all the other PLEBES in this damn game,” the forumgoer wrote.

As breathtakingly awful as that comment was, it’s not a new idea: A lot of folks believe that their $15 should privilege them in MMO queues and to hell with everyone else who got in line first. And it’s not remotely restricted to MMOs: You can’t even go to Disney or the airport without bumping into these kinds of velvet ropes.

What do you think: Should gamers be entitled to shorter MMO queues if they sub? Does the fact that in ESO’s case it’s possible for a non-subber to have paid more into the game (buying boxes and DLC instead of subbing) change your opinion?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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