Know your place. That is going to be the recurring theme of this rant. If you can’t handle that, stop reading now.
Recently CCP Games, the creators and owners of EVE Online, gave the virtual gift items of Ishukone Scorpion ships to the team that runs an EVE Online Auction site called SomerBlink. Some people got upset by it.
Let’s get the basics out of the way in an attempt to appease the butthurt:
- You are free to express your opinion, even if it differs from others. I welcome healthy debate. However, if you are nothing but abrasive towards another person, using foul language and insults as a crutch to elevate yourself, then I’m not even going to bother responding to you. It’s a waste of my energy quite frankly.
- If we do happen to have differing opinions, that doesn’t mean I think less of you as a friend, enemy, or whatever our relationship may be. Speak your mind. Besides, even if my opinion of you did change, why would it matter? Didn’t you read yesterday’s post on self-confidence? For shame.
- Get over it. It’s a game.
Right, back to the main point. The SomerBlink auction site donates trillions of ISK to community events. Read that again. They donate trillions. I can only hazard how much they profit in order to be able to do that. They probably could’ve bought Ishukone Scorpions themselves if they were really interested in them, and assuming that many still exist in New Eden.
Regardless. Trillions. Community Events.
I’ve donated over a billion to the various contests and other community events I run here at Roc’s Ramblings. Did I get an Ishukone Scorpion? Well, no. Whoop di doo. I have partnered with CCP on many events, and players have received some pretty cool stuff as a result. Did anyone whine about it? No, no they did not.
So why the whine about SomerBlink getting them? Is it because CCP kept it a dirty little secret? Is it because SomerBlink is so profitable that they don’t need to be given ships?
I really don’t know. Nor do I particularly care.
Hell, One of the main players behind SomerBlink is part of the Toronto Area Pod Pilots group I attend every month. He’s given players 100 million isk just for showing up to the event some months. That’s not chump change when you add it up.
Why do they do it? To give back to the community that has given so much to them. I get that. I respect that. Apparently so does CCP.
Yet some players got their panties in a knot over this whole situation. They believe that they are somehow shareholders or stakeholders at CCP. That they actually have a say in CCP’s policies and business decisions.
They are spoiled, and delusional.
Sure, we pay a subscription for the game. We also bought iPhones, or Androids. Do we get to tell Apple or Google how to run their business? Of course not. In a best case scenario we can provide user feedback, and they can listen, or not.
Now if enough users offer the same feedback on something, then it’s usually in the company’s best interest to listen to that feedback. Apple has done that. Google has done that. CCP has done that.
I’d be embarrassed if they did that here.
Sure, there’s a mighty threadnaught of whine going on over at the official EVE Online forums, but it’s by and large from a repetitive and small group of players.
You see, we’re users. Accept it.
We have no controlling interest in CCP. We are not decision makers. They owe us nothing. Stop. You’re freaking out for no reason. Take a deep breath. Read it again. They owe us nothing.
Stop feeling so self-entitled. We’ve been spoiled by the interactions CCP does give us. They do listen to players. They do engage us. It’s great.
That doesn’t mean they have to engage on every single day-to-day business decision. They don’t have to make us privy to every single thing they do. Stop being ridiculous.
The funny part to me is that there were probably players before this that had never heard of SomerBlink and as a result of this nonsense the same self-righteous players that think something is amiss in this situation have inadvertently created additional revenue for the receiving party! How ironic and funny is that?
You might say I’m missing some greater point. Perhaps I am.
You see, to me it’s simple: CCP owns a business. A small group of consumers from that business are complaining about a private giveaway that company engaged in.
Sometimes simple keeps things accurate.