What should be a week of rejoicing following EVE Online's Incarna
expansion going live
has been soured by controversy over seemingly high-priced microtransactions
and debate over fees associated with third-party application licensing.
Today, CCP has come out to address the second point
and clarify its position. CCP Guard
admits that the company didn't do the best job in explaining how third parties can charge a real-world money fee for their services apart from in-game currency, and he reposts an illuminating transcript of an interview with CCP Zulu
regarding the licensing.
The problem came in the form of $99 licensing fees to use this new service, a charge that EVE
players felt was extremely high. Apparently CCP agrees and will be looking into changing it to a "token charge" that will make the contract between CCP and the third party binding without it being a financial obstacle.
You can read the full explanation
over at EVE Online
, and while you're at it, you can snag yourself the expansion on Steam for $10