Sorry for the quietness, between server issues and other stuff it’s been a super busy week and I’ve just managed to get information back from the guys who designed the new program.
Here’s a bit more information on the thinking behind the new program, and a change based on feedback that’ll be implemented tomorrow.
The guys have been chatting with members of the CSM a little about this too to square away calculations and whatnot.
Rewards past 40 in the milestones
We are 100% committed to adding more lucrative rewards past the 40 milestone and we will reach out to some of the more vocal people in this thread to get their feedback on how we can reward people substantially for going above and beyond in recruiting. These added rewards will be retroactive as well. Please keep in mind that if you go past 40 before we add more rewards, you will still receive rewards for the "per recruit“ rewards (Skill Extractor, 2x24H Accelerator and PLEX).
PLEXING Recruitee/Alt accounts
The old system gave the parent account 1M Omega time when the child account was Plexed. This was used way more by people creating alt accounts than new people coming on, so we decided to stop it – it is essentially 50% discount on 1M Omega. In comparison, the biggest offer we‘ve had on Omega was 25%. Reading through the posts here, It is however a very valid point to reward people if their recruitees/child accounts are Plexed to some extent, and we will look into it further. It will however never be as lucrative as receiving 1M Omega game time.
Reward structure has been nerfed
We‘ve seen a lot of people claiming that the new system has been nerfed, but we‘ve calculated it as well and we don‘t see it the same way. Below are our calculations translated to ISK, but here are some key assumptions:
- We assume 3 million price for PLEX
- We do not calculate the Triglavian Apparel or the SKINs for the Pacifier, Enforcer and Marshal.
- We assume that the price of the accelerators will go down from 200 Mill to 100 Mill (but since there are two each accelerator reward is worth 200 mill).
A point of concern to this is that child accounts / recruits need to spend more money (not enough to buy only Omega) which is a valid point, but after looking at the data we‘ve seen that a lot of people don‘t buy Omega immediately, sometimes they buy PLEX, Daily Alpha Injectors or other products and then move on to Omega. It is also worth mentioning that in the old system, the first payment was the only one that counted, so if a person bought PLEX (or something else than Omega) as its first purchase, it would be ineligible for any rewards.
Like we mentioned before, we will iterate on these rewards – both based on data (invites, user behavior, etc.) and feedback. After reading through your comments and points here, we have decided to change the 250 PLEX reward to 350, which we believe will make the value change clearer:
This also means, given the current market prices and these assumptions, that the reward PER recruit (not calculating the milestone rewards), is greater than before, in terms of ISK value.
PLEX as a reward
We understand that for some, receiving PLEX as a reward is the preferred option, since it is easy to trade and easy to put an ISK value to. As you can see, the new recruitment program will not focus on PLEX only, but other rewards as well. There are three main reasons for that:
- The old system was regularly attacked by fraudsters, since PLEX is the best item for RMT.
- The old system brought a huge amount of PLEX into the EVE economy, and we think it is time to dial the influx through the program down a bit and monitor the impact it has.
- We also want to offer people unique rewards, not only PLEX -> we want to offer the people that recruit the most something that very few people in New Eden have. The unique SKINs are just a tiny step in that direction, in the future we will take larger steps in that direction.
The old recruitment system was setup in a different way, as there was a „pre-redeeming queue“. The new system will not have that – when you‘ve earned a reward, you get it delivered to your redeeming queue. There are still many people who have unclaimed rewards in the redeeming queue -> and we will deliver these rewards to each respective account‘s redeeming queue at a later date (we are aiming for early Q4).
We want to continuously improve the UI/UX of the new system. We have already added a „Date joined“ based on feedback in this thread. We also want to make sure that people with a lot of recruits have a better overview (e.g. not having to scroll through 2000 recruits). Other things on the roadmap include adding the Character name, the ability to hide recruits (some of these recruits are legacy accounts that have abandoned EVE) and milestone rewards past 40. Any suggestions from you on how we can further improve it are greatly appreciated.