EVE Currency for Graphics Cards Sold Out in 64 Seconds
Remember that initiative by EVE Online developers that would allow its players to buy a GTX 560 with in-game currency?
Well, yesterday, within 64 seconds of the first redemption going through, all 100 of the GTX 560s available were sold out. The official cost of a card, including shipping, was 20 PLEX, a currency that can either be purchased with real money or through EVE’s in-game currency, ISK.
I hope I’m not the only one who was marginally confused by these two currencies. EVE developer CCP explains:
In essence, PLEX is a mechanism that allows players with enough in-game wealth to play “for free” by trading with another player who has bought PLEX from CCP, giving the original PLEX purchaser a good influx of in-game currency in the transaction, i.e. “time-rich” players working with “cash-rich” players for mutual benefit and profit, expanding EVE Online’s subscription model to better serve it’s players. It has also done wonders to combat Real Money Trading within EVE Online as a safe, effective method for players to turn real life currency into virtual currency.
CCP is experimenting with the idea of more real world trading for virtual currency; given the tremendous success seen with this GTX giveaway, they’d be crazy not to.