This is a callback to a post I made on the old forums (https://forums-archive.eveonline.com/topic/519211/). Basically in that post I posed that CCP is slowly turning EVE into a FTP game.
After the EVE Vegas Keynote Address we have some updated on my old post.
CCP has now announced that Alpha accounts will have a maximum SP cap of 20.5m SP. The first 5m SP can be trained normally and the other 15.5m SP can be “bought” through subscription or (I assume) Injectors. The Alpha will maintain access to these SP while in Alpha state. This sets up the FTP model perfectly, allowing for the 20.5m SP cap to continue to raise with the purchase of SP as you go.
There was a blink-and-you-miss-it comment made about introducing smaller training periods than purchasing a whole month’s sub through PLEX. The granular PLEX allows for the purchase of smaller time blocks, or smaller Injector sizes.
These changes continue to support my thoughts that CCP will eventually go FTP, where players will purchase SP Injectors from CCP instead of from other players. It can work just like the new Alpha changes with the max SP set to whatever is available in the game.
The way that CCP will continue to make money will be non-maxed characters buying SP and could sell multiboxing licences, since current Alpha state does not allow multiboxing.