Often it is forgotten that our silly spaceship game with its ‘‘real’’ in game space economy is actually part of a very much real economy, changes in which far outpace anything that CCP developers could control within game or via subscription sales.
As the west muses over oil and gas sanctions against one of the worlds biggest suppliers we can expect sudden inflation of every day goods prices and services as suppliers offset lost margins with increased prices. Eve a computer game based in Iceland but hosted in Britain both nations famous for its lack of fuel dependency on foreign sources will still be effected.
The price of subscription will rise as the cost of CCP’s business increases, this will be compounded by the likely fall in value of your nations central currency as it is subject to or partakes in the biggest sanctions the world has seen, with suggestion of blockades.
The price of PLEX is set to skyrocket as your fellow capsulers bawk at the price of subscription and instead purchase PLEX with in game assets.
You can yourself make space game wealth by investing heavily in PLEX, this asset at 3m ISK per unit will rapidly increase in value against the $ beyond the discount cost of 30 day pilot’s licences.
Okay, so energy costs are skyrocketing across Europe right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that CCP is going to have to increase plex prices
First, even though electricity prices across Europe have been skyrocketing, it is clear that some countries are being impacted to a much greater degree than others. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what’s going on with energy prices in the UK or Iceland specifically (found current data for dozen of European countries, but none for either of those). Thus, there is the question of how much CCP’s electricity bill has actually gone up.
Second, even if Icelandic and/or UK energy prices are skyrocketing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will have a huge impact on CCP’s bottom line. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they have a sizeable electricity bill. But it appears that electricity costs only make up a very small percentage of the total cost of game development.
And, yes, I am aware that this chart is for indie game development, and not an MMO. Thus, it is quite likely that CCP’s budget breakdown will differ from that of the indie dev. However, based on the information I was able to find, I don’t think that there is enough evidence to conclude that plex prices are going to go up any time soon.
And, as others have already pointed out, do keep in mind that there are people who will try to manipulate market prices for their benefit.
Gas prices in my region went up to 2€, which is $2,18 as per mid-market rates: 2022-03-07 at 17:00 UTC
It’s still not as bad as $4,50 during the Persian Gulf war but I don’t have any illusions, it will probably go much higher than that.
And I believe it isn’t caused by any “war hysteria” but by very shrewd ( for lack of an unflagable word ) bankers who aim to enrich themselves a little more through this “invasion”, just like they enriched themselves through the Covid “crisis” because make no mistakes, the governments of the world wouldn’t have been able to shut all those businesses off if the banks had been against it. Banks hold the governments by the balls: one ball for a country’s central bank and the other ball for the IMF.