CCP needs competition. They haven’t had to worry much about gatecamps in the science fiction MMO world. They could motor along, collecting subscriptions just like a Hulk munches rocks, and not have to wonder if they’ll get ganked.
Having a serious, well-funded competitor entering the market will force CCP to either address their player retention and new player acquisition problems or get used to a smaller playerbase.
I hope CCP revisits some of the positions their senior producers and business development VP expressed last year in an interview with Joseph Leray on Destructoid. I think they’re missing the point on why EVE lags behind other MMOs with the female demographic. Some quotes from Senior Producer Andie Nordgren:
“There’s bad complexity in EVE. Only a certain type of person will ever work their way through it, and the majority of those people are guys.”
“Science fiction is an extremely male-dominated domain.”
I’m not sure how many women she talked to or how diverse the group may have been (if in fact any kind of survey or research was done), but seriously? Wow. That’s so far off from my experience that I’m not even sure where to start.
The things I’ve seen in interviews with Chris Roberts, the creator of Star Citizen, make me think he actually gets it. I’d be glad to see EVE continue to survive right alongside Star Citizen, and I’m hoping CCP will evolve in a way that more enthusiastically promotes a variety of play styles. I’d happily subscribe to both.