CCP Games is currently gearing up for EVE Online’s switch to freemium with its Ascension expansion pack, and today they’ve revealed their new End User License Agreement, which outlines a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the buying and selling of in-game goods.
The new agreement, which will come to the fore on November 8, says that going forwards no player will be allowed to transfer, sell or auction any content appearing within the game environment.
This new addendum to the EULA, basically outlawing the buying and selling of in-game goods, also acts as a warning to those involved in third-party gambling services using EVE to knock things on the head before November 8. To help things along, CCP have already taken action against two organisations in game, EVE Casino and IWANTISK, who have both been shut down and stripped of all their assets and ISK — the game’s currency — after CCP found compelling evidence that both were involved in illicit activity.
In a blog on their website, CCP have outlined their plans: "In short, this addition to the EVE Online EULA means that as of the launch of Ascension, players will be prohibited from using in game assets and currency, as well as the EVE IP, to take part in or promote gambling services or other games of chance that are operated by third parties."
What this means moving forwards is unclear. CCP might offer their own cash for ISK service, but because so much of EVE Online is carried on the back of its accurately modeled (and delicate) economy, it seems more likely they’re just trying to make the market more secure before opening it up to hordes of curious new players.