EVE Online player loses ship with $1,500 of PLEX inside; not a single PLEX survives

EVE Online PLEX

Earlier this afternoon, an EVE Online player transporting 84 in-game time cards, known as PLEX, was gunned down outside of the main trading hub of Jita. With PLEX being slightly higher than the price of a subscription, the bounty of the cargo was an estimated $1,500. 

Unfortunately for the pilot that claimed the bountiful kill, not a single PLEX survived the ships destruction - it was all vapourised. Ouch.

At 15:36 today, pilot Ozuwara Ozuwara undocked from EVE Online’s most popular trading hubs, Jita. Flying in just a Caldari rookie ship known as an Ibis, which is given to any player without a ship at a station, Ozuwara was carrying one of the most valuable commodities of New Eden: PLEX.

PLEX, short for Pilot License Extension, is an in-game time card - adding 30 days to an accounts game time - that can be sold and traded between players. To obtain PLEX in the first place, players must first buy it from either CCP directly, or authorised third-party resellers. With the price slightly above the price of a months subscription, it is usually used as a way to convert real money, into the game’s currency: ISK. At the time of writing, a single PLEX goes for roughly 800 million ISK.

EVE Online PLEX Cargo

Why this pilot was trying to haul over 70 billion ISK worth of cargo is unknown. They may of been trying to get into the more lucrative market of low and nullsec, which is usually far away from any big trading hub. But most sensible pilots would have an alt stationed at a trading hub to purchase these very sort of items.

Nevertheless, another pilot by the name of Diorden. either with keen instincts or a cargo scanner, shot down Ozuwara. But before they could finish daydreaming about all the money they would be about to inherit, the remains of the ship showed no signs of loot. It had all been vapourised.

At today’s PLEX prices, the total amount in real money equates to $1,500. To put that in perspective within EVE Online, a Titan - the biggest ships in the game - are worth approximately $4,000. The best part is that because the PLEX, which must of originated from a real money purchase from either CCP or a third-party reseller, is now permanently space dust - CCP were ultimately handed that cash, for free.

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Shriven avatarBelimawr avatarZayrek avatarHtorne avatarJonah The Bear avatarTediBare123 avatar+2
Shriven Avatar
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1 Year ago

Just...just wish it was more accessible.

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Belimawr Avatar
1010
1 Year ago

it wouldn't be the same if it was as it make the community just like any other MMO.

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Zayrek Avatar
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1 Year ago

Actually, it might be better in some ways, the servers load would increase. That impact must be studied since the big battles are always lagging and people have complaned about them for years and nothing has been done to restore it rather than "slowing in-game time" which for me sounds dumb. I want a normal speed, with thousands of lasers been fired from many dirrections. So much better planning and strategies would arrise as there are more people using the servers resources and more potential clients to the developers to handle, so goes for the Fleet Commanders, to drive their fleets to success without loosing thousands of dollars on epic virtual space battles. Everyone would love to see a 500,000 ships virtual space battle.

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Belimawr Avatar
1010
1 Year ago

yeah but you also lose the community spirit that makes those big fights possible.

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best example of this is Star Wars Galaxies, prior to the NGE (WoWifying) people would happily wait in a self policed line with very few people cutting, the community was all for helping each other and working together. then the NGE came along the game became a lot more accessible and changed drastically, a lot of the user base left and shortly after the best response you could hope for from the majority of the player base was to not be told to fuck off.

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more people isn't always a good thing and in a lot of cases it is worse as the larger the crowd and the less effort the game needs to learn to play the more likely people are to invest time in making a character and get recognised, but in a large crowd of morons why bother trying to fit in as there will be plenty of other morons to play with and if it's not really hard to get into you can always just start over until you get found out again.

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this is the main damaging factor of F2P games, while there is little to be lost people won't really give a shit, where when your in a complex game like EVE where it can take a month just to get to a basic it makes people invest in their character and actually care how it is seen, yes some arse holes will get in but generally they end up having to stick together so they only really affect them selves.

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after all look at WoW the largest paying MMO player base and it is largely full of idiots who can't even decide to play nice together, accessibility does nothing other than attract a crowd that doesn't give a shit and just enjoy ruining others time.

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as for the technical limitations, there isn't a server going that could run 500k clients in real time, not to mention the majority of PC's would fall over when the locational and other data hit the CPU and GPU for that many players trying to keep them going at real time. (not that you can do real time because even if you lived next door to the server you would still have some amount of latency)

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Zayrek Avatar
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Zayrek replied to Belimawr
1 Year ago

Thx for your time, Im always excited about EVE. Always wanted "more" pew pew.

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TediBare123 Avatar
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1 Year ago

must HAVE originated* (sorry)

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Zayrek Avatar
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1 Year ago

That's $1,500 straight for CCP, out of thin air. Oh Delicious. Half a month of someones salary.

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Jonah The Bear Avatar
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Jonah The Bear(2 days 15 hours played)
1 Year ago

uh what. ccp already got paid when they bought the plex. unless you mean the victim. but why do you assume he makes 3000 a month?

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Gawd Avatar
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1 Year ago

I think they are trying to point out the fact that these PLEX will not be redeemed for game time. This means someone paid $1500 to CCP for a service CCP will not have to provide.

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Zayrek Avatar
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1 Year ago

yes, you got it Gawd. Free ISK for CCP. and $3,000 its just a standard, IDK, might be more.

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Htorne Avatar
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1 Year ago

Tinfoil hat time - CCP is doing this, free PR everywhere, + stays relevant.

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Killercheebo Avatar
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3 Days ago

That makes the guy who gunned him down even more of an asshole. Did it to just screw some one else over, without any benefit for himself.

Hope that poor ozuwara guy gets revenge and retaliate by griefing him over and over.

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