Posted by Corelin
So goons might have taken advantage of faction warfare. A lot. A whole lot. To the extent that it makes you laugh just to hear about it. The numbers are so far beyond ludicrous that you can’t help but giggle when you see them.
Let’s back up a bit. When I heard they were paying LP for kills in FW I assumed that it would be some horrible system that practically invited being gamed, then I saw that it was so reductive by nature that I figured no one would be able to game it. The payout relative to isk was designed to make it so farming LP even with legit kills would just be a joke. Even soloing faction fitted BS would provide only a decent reward. Certainly enough to make the pilot killing it happy, but not enough to justify losing your officer fit baby for LP.
Obviously there are people better than me at gaming the system. By cleverly manipulating the market Goons (and quite probably others) massively inflated the prices of worthless items, causing them to pay out LP rewards in amounts well on the far side of ludicrous. There’s folks that have made themselves trillions of isk. That’s a T at the start of that. That’s a lot. Speculation has gone from the silly to the ludicrous side on the total amount and frankly it doesn’t matter which is right. That being said… there’s consequences. Goons have come into a fortune that is notable even with their current embarrassment of riches, and much of it is likely in the hands of rank and file players, unlike tech which isn’t.
Of course CCP *might* be nuking some wallets of people who went ape-shit on this. Will be interesting to see just how far this goes. When I first saw what had happened I assumed rather naively that it would be a few billion per person. Check out Jester’s Trek for the picture that blew my mind. At a few billion I think CCP has to laugh it off. They messed up, people profited and harm was limited. When the extent (and bragging) started it became clear shit was going to get rather more serious, and it did.
With their rather typical sociopathic nature, goons are saying they did nothing wrong and no-one was harmed. Well other than people missioning in highsec selling competing items, like implants, faction ships etc. Or people who stocked up on some of these items thinking their might be a tighter market in the future. Of course theirs the Amarr who got rather crushed under the treads of the Goon tank. Here’s the problem with bringing to FW anything that can be farmed. It will draw the attention of the big people. Goons clearly have folks in Minmatar FW, TEST now has FWEDDIT on the Amarrian side. People who have worked hard for years within FW, who take genuine pleasure in this aspect of the game now find themselves at the mercy of uninterested Nullseccers who want to do nothing but farm content and make isk. For a time Faction Warfare became the most ludicrously profitable means of making money and Goons freightered in loot (literally) to enhance their profits.
CCP has to balance things. While FW needs and should have unique aspects that make it profitable, unless they want it to turn into “Nullsec Lite: All the Drama, half the Space” they need to test more thoroughly. When they manually update their prices they need to check for outliers, I have no idea what item was used but if it’s something like Kruul’s DNA and suddenly it’s average price is 10 billion a pop EyjoG should be sitting up a little going “WTF” and hitting big red buttons.
Expecting Goons to act in anything but the narrowest, short-sighted, self-interested way is expecting something we will almost never see. There’s even been some Goons asking what’s wrong with them keeping the money. Well hmmm…. Let’s say there’s a new fleetcomp that requires Hyperions and is virtually unbeatable (yes I know it’s batshit crazy, roll with me) with their trillions of isk in profits they drive the price of Hypes so high that other alliances literally have to research BPOs to build their own to compete. This kind of isk lets them play market games on the Wal-Mart scale, where they buy out everything, entire markets not of T2 sentry damage augs, but of Large Pulse Lasers, standing the market on it’s head and throwing grenades into the machinery of the economy instead of just wrenches. People have said “Oh it’s not like they created isk.” Well yeah they just created things that can be sold for isk. What they did resembles real-life insurance fraud. They grossly inflated the value of something, blew it up to collect on that value then blew up what was left to collect on the stated value of that. No EvE isn’t real life, and it shouldn’t be treated as that, but I’m not going to shed any tears for people, no matter how creative, who exploit the system to that extent. Of course I’m still giggling at the numbers.
Will Goons be punished? Almost certainly, and likely beyond what has already happened. Will FW see some sweeping changes as a result of this? I hope so. Will Eyjog face some ramifications? I certainly hope so, he seems to have been completely asleep at the switch for this one. Is the market in for some serious corrections as items disappear? OHHHH yeah. Let the speculation begin.