I do wonder if the Alpha program didn’t actually decrease Omega player retention, as new players don’t have to pay a sub for a couple of month until they find out they actually don’t like the game as it is. That’s not even a joke. When I started playing there was the Trial program, after which I subscribed and kind of felt lied to by the advertisements for the game. It didn’t feel like the chaos that was promoted, but rather a pretty see-through foodchain. Now, with the Alpha option, people could see the same, without ever paying for the game.
Right on the spot. Most of the discussion around the statistics focus on the fact that Goons are making the major part of bounties in the game, but what you are saying is actually the issue for the game as a whole.
P.S. The guys who first took me into a group in EVE were already saying that there is too much ISK in the game and that’s quite a while ago. Do you think it would make difference to stop the insane ISK faucet now? It would seem that the damage has been done and it would need extra steps to revert it.