The intent behind these upcoming changes is to support a healthy and live open market, allowing competition to remain fair between players . The prohibited use of automation techniques used by malicious players on the in-game market is a frequent subject of discussion, so there is absolute commitment to fighting bots in New Eden.
Increasing the modification costs will mean that the strategy of always modifying every order as quickly as possible will quickly become unprofitable. Creating a more equal playing field for market users and handing the advantage back to those who make educated pricing calls is a clear statement of intent in the fight against botting.
Among these are orders that are being modified hundreds of times, with behavioral patterns that are very likely not human. With these changes, such excessive behavior will quickly lead these market-addicts to bankrupt themselves.
These changes will positively impact the market, and better support fair competitive trade between players . Once again, the commitment to fighting botting in all its forms in EVE is absolutely firm, and moving forward with these changes means that the market and the player behavior involved will be closely monitored once these changes are live and in your hands.
I agree, I don’t think the changes were made to fight bots alone. It became obvious that this would implement a system that is biased towards those with more wealth and experience than the average player and give a clear advantage to push any new players out of getting started in any kind of trade career.
It has created a new age of market cartels where it is much easier to ferment artificial demand, horde supply, price gouging and manipulation but most importantly an easier and quicker way to run anyone not as wealthy or heavily invested into any market at a loss they cannot afford even before they begin.
Before these changes anyone could set up a market order and other than the time to continuously maintain their activity in the market it cost them very little to compete. Now there are many options to kill competition and cement further control on any market.
It became abundantly clear to me they don’t want the majority of players to become independently wealthy by getting started in market trading early on and overtime. It is much more of a benefit that CCP let a few massively wealthy players continue to be in control and obtain massive power over the markets rather than the potential of thousands of players no longer needing to pay for their subscriptions or buy PLEX.
Not only does it prevent the loss of subscriptions or PLEX purchases but it also supplies the biggest buyers of PLEX who will continue to buy up and maintain the higher value of PLEX while pushing down the value of skill trading which also allowed anyone who can afford Omega to not only pay for their PLEX through selling their extra SP but make a profit.
Combine this together with the daily skilling spree and log in rewards, the recent drop in PLEX prices because of the war bringing more buyers back into the game the subsequent purchase and soaking up of any PLEX at a lower value by wealthy players and continuous spam of additional Injectors into the game and now a player will even lose ISK as the price of PLEX continues to push higher and the price of Injectors continues to push down while they buy them up at a discount costing the players who produce them more than they are worth selling.
Which isn’t a terrible thing altogether. It isn’t healthy for the game if a player who no longer needs to train further skills can simply gain Omega time and not only indefinitely pay for further Omega time but also profit simply selling their additional SP. This metric doesn’t bode well when you take in the fact some players may possess hundreds of accounts and introduce thousands of Injectors continuously to the market on their own.
I am not complaining either way but I think we should stop trying to pretend these changes are to make the market fair for everyone and have anything to do with combating bots in the game.
You’re welcome to throw away your ISK trying if that is what you think. There will always be someone left to pick up the bill after at a discount and release you from the nightmare that is trading on the market for the average player.