EvE is a Spectator Sport
So if you haven’t heard, there’s a book project on Kickstarter for a book on the history of the major players of EvE Online. 600 people have backed it already, with an average funding of about $22 each. He’s already beaten his funding goal of $12,500. Oh and it’s been going for about 8 hours. Some heavy hitters have already backed it, Mynxee drew my attention to it and it continues to draw attention and support. I rather suspect TheMittani.com will have a post on it soon and that will bring even more attention. And filthy lucre.
The first thing I thought after backing it was “I haven’t played EvE in a month. Why did I just back a book about it” and I realized something that I’ve known in the back of my head for a while. EvE is a spectator sport. I love baseball, I play softball. I love reading. My writing is a trial. I love the drama and heights of EvE, but I’m not temperamentally fit to climb those heights and battle in the arenas that are most interesting to me. But by god I’ll throw down my hard earned cash to read about the people that do have what it takes.
CCP has created as their main, and only really profitable product, a game that is more entertaining to watch than it is to play for most of even its target audience. Whether you enjoy the e-sport format of the tournaments, the news sources and outlets, or are eagerly anticipating the new book it seems like a lot of the best parts of EvE simply aren’t in-game anymore. The problem with this is that CCP doesn’t control the news sources, or the new book. They do have the graphic novel and apparently some kind of series that will come about because of this, but they need to get ahead of this cart. They can’t let too many opportunities to make money off this game now that WoD is dead as a doornail.
Just my 2 cents. I don’t deal in Isk anymore.