I logged in yesterday and found that CCP Games is offering straight-up ISK as a login reward. I am surprised to find no thread has been started on this topic.
I am sure the gesture was intended to do something positively for the game, but I feel those objectives could have been achieved by means other than ISK-for-login. I’m not an economist so I won’t begin to touch the economic side that other critics may have. I would instead like to call out that this is exactly the same dark pattern used in mobile games that reward you with in-game currency simply by opening their application daily in order to inflate DAU counts, which is not a metric available for Eve Online to the public. Perhaps I am very late to the party due to my 10-year hiatus as I have a problem with the daily login rewards in general, but I suspect that ship has long sailed.
It is a fair critique that BPC and filament login rewards are “ISK-for-login”, but one must note: that relies on the player driven market. ISK-for-login directly removes all player agency from the game – it is quite literally an ISK reward received before you even choose a character, a breach of the fourth wall. It does not feel good.
(In my mentioning of mobile game dark patterns above, I also realize Eve Echoes is indeed a mobile game, but at a very minimum I would have preferred such a login reward to have been limited to the mobile platform. If they even have daily login rewards, that is. I’m not an Eve Echoes player.)