Tuesday, March 27th 2012

EVE Online Players Can Use In-Game Currency to Pay For Graphics Cards

Joystiq is reporting that CCP Games, the developer behind EVE Online, has struck a deal with NVIDIA for players to use in-game currency -- PLEX -- to purchase GeForce 560 GTX graphics cards, which run almost $200 at retail. That's fake money for real items, folks. NVIDIA and CCP will start by selling 100 graphics cards (limit one per EVE account) to test the demand. After CCP announced its NVIDIA deal, the in-game price of PLEX jumped "significantly," CCP said. PLEX (Pilot License Extension) is an in-game currency that can be used to pay for 30-day EVE subscriptions. PLEX can be purchased with ISK, EVE's main currency that can be earned throughout the game, meaning some dedicated players end up with a free subscription each month. Now they may end up with a "free" graphics card as well.

Source: Joystiq
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30 Comments on EVE Online Players Can Use In-Game Currency to Pay For Graphics Cards

#1
laszlo
by: NinkobEi
Lets see, it takes some people a full month to earn enough for a months subscription, valued at roughly $14. Safe to presume it will take a year of serious dedication to earn enough for a videocard?
if you barely earn enough for monthly subscription and use it to extend you will never have nothing extra to can spend on the offered card...

i see it like a marketing gimmick just to have more subscribed players;you will need years to save the game currency if your statement is correct ref.14$ ...or you pay monthly the cash for subscription and in 1 year you will have maybe the needed credit to buy it;but till than the gtx560 will cost less than you invested... so who win? "EVE" of course...
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#2
yogurt_21
by: NinkobEi
Lets see, it takes some people a full month to earn enough for a months subscription, valued at roughly $14. Safe to presume it will take a year of serious dedication to earn enough for a videocard?
which again is why its foolish for someone to start out now trying to get a card, a low end job would be smarter, than you could play eve to play eve, instead of playing eve to earn a "free" card.

BUT, if you've been playign eve for years and have been paying a subscription, you may have 200$ worth of in game creds already and can buy the card instantly.

So while they may have started the deal to entice new people to get the game, it really is only those already playing that can benefit from the program. I mean based on the 14$ a month earn rate you listed it would take 14.5 months to earn the card. By that time the card will be so out of date it won't be worth anywhere near 200$. Of course they could change the card as new ones become available.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: qubit
I've tried googling for the original announcement CCP and I couldn't find it. All I could find were various articles reporting this, so I'm not sure how legitimate this news is. It sounds like an April Fool, doesn't it? Admittedly though, these are reputable sites that have been reporting it.

It's supposed to have been announced at the CCP keynote, but I'll be damned if I can find it.
Lulz now you consider sources. :laugh: :roll:
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#4
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: TheMailMan78
Lulz now you consider sources. :laugh: :roll:
I always considered sources. No change there.
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#5
araditus
I read through the posts, and it seems to me that I might be the first person to reply that has actually played that game for 6 years. Let me tell you, a plex costs 350 million in game money (well 275-350) it takes me 5-7 hours to farm that solo. you would need 13..333333 plexs to make 200$ or 4billion in game money, let me tell you, i can make that in 2 weeks solo or 3 days with my guild.... not bad for a gfx card.

titans only cost about 80 bil, and they take a month to farm.
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