Yesterday one of the major gold selling sites that I identified Monday as experiencing supply problems, Koala Credits, took Eve Online off of the list of games in which it sells virtual currency.

Eve Online No Longer Listed

The virtual currency seller apparently began to experience issues obtaining ISK at the end of October.  Many companies began raising prices around this time as CCP’s Team Security began a crackdown on illicit RMT operations in New Eden.  But of the ISK selling sites listed on MMOBUX Koala Credits raised prices the most, a whopping 27.9% 38.7% over the course of three weeks.

At the end, Koala Credits was selling ISK at the same price a player could get by purchasing two PLEX from CCP and selling the PLEX in Jita.  If a company cannot provide a significant discount to compensate for the risk involved in a player purchasing game currency from a third party site, the site will eventually lose money.  Koala Credits apparently cut its losses and will concentrate on the 33 games in which it still conducts business.

Koala Credits is a rather new virtual currency company based out of Hong Kong that is the #1 rated web site on MMOBUX for customer satisfaction.  Koala Credits is also the second major virtual currency company to stop selling ISK this month.  Sometime between 4 November and 11 November the Canadian website InGameDelivery also got out of the ISK selling business.  InGameDelivery is currently the #2 ranked web site on MMOBUX based on customer satisfaction.  Both sites are still in business, just not selling ISK.

– NosyGamer

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23 Comments

  1. dudu

    Good, goooood

    November 23, 2012 at 8:54 am Reply
    1. November 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm Reply
  2. like

    I like

    November 23, 2012 at 9:14 am Reply
  3. EvE

    As I have said before. CCP can easily identify which accounts are not having input to the keyboard or interaction with other players that represents human intelligence which a bot could never come close to replicating.

    November 23, 2012 at 9:47 am Reply
    1. bubbles

      im not sure, im an unspciable bastard and havent been banned yet

      November 23, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply
    2. CCP

      CCP knows about all bots within minutes of them logging on. Whether they choose to take action is another matter. In the past they were more lenient when players "saw no evil spoke no evil", as botters often paid subs too. When players started to complain they took action. Botting is not something that requires any skill or effort in CCP to prevent.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:08 am Reply
    3. Hammer time!

      FYI How do you think they can tell that no one it typing, A program that types on a digital screen can be made to send its commands through the same way a keyboard does! As for replicating social behavior…I chat less then 20 min when I am onlince for 12hours plus mining…am I a bot? Nope just watching a movie that seems more interesting than my alliance mates!

      And for that comment down there by CCP, They only know about the bots that are publicly for sale/traded! Get a good friend to help you program one that isn't being used a million times over and you will stay off CCP's Grid! Also If you have the computer power and if the program is built for your computer you can use far more sofistcated bots then the point click mine, repeat x times dock drop and go! Cheating is one of the way the big alliances stay on top, if you think CCP cares about bots your only half right…They care about RMT because you can cheat and scam in game, but take anything from CCP and they will do their best to get it back from you!

      November 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm Reply
      1. derp

        That sounds like effort. Is there a program that can do all this for me.

        November 24, 2012 at 1:18 am Reply
      2. Alx Warlord

        It is not that simple, all bots create patterns, and this patterns can be spotted at some level. like clicking exactly the same pixel when giving a command or having fixed time intervals between commands… if any of this patterns is spotted… game over for you…

        November 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm Reply
  4. Solar RMT involved

    because Solar Fleet need isk for a war.MACTEP temporaly suspended the RMT activity

    November 23, 2012 at 10:06 am Reply
    1. indy

      yep

      November 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm Reply
    2. Whitebirch

      awesome news. Im coming back in game very soon!!!!

      November 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply
  5. SgtSimons

    as soon as i read Hong Kong i though ohhhhhh make sense, crazy chinese.

    November 23, 2012 at 10:14 am Reply
  6. aaa

    End of October? This is as much about CCP's efforts as it is about -a-'s complete meltdown and loss of renter empire.

    November 23, 2012 at 11:32 am Reply
    1. indy

      agreed

      November 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm Reply
  7. HBC Spy

    Now Test/PL , or maybe whole HBC management sells the safe nullspace for USD.

    November 23, 2012 at 11:44 am Reply
  8. Doe

    Concurrent down, we can raise our prices. H-Bot working fine.

    November 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm Reply
  9. droljica

    Lets put this other way up, ang goontards still gona hate…..

    There is allways some offer/demand ratio on markt, where higher demand leads to higher prices. Every game nowdays has rmt plague, bad, average or good game it doesnt matter. What matter is the game's player base, and cca. 40'sh K accounts is not a real player base. As when the rats leaving the sinking ship…

    Does anyone expect that -a- rmters gonna sell ISK to pl or vice versa ? Because thats only left, new players buy 3-5 plexes from ccp, pay month or two to play, and leave – no content for them. Old players, and they newer had any real problems with ISK, transfer their most needed characters to one account and log in from time to time to check new patches, like upcoming one.

    Closing illegal markets for specific ingame currency, in this case ISK, has nothing to do with ccp's "competency or know-how or even will" to deal with rmt plague. Simply – demand is low.

    November 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm Reply
  10. Yet the power leveling is having discounts on selling isk as one site closes it's doors another is booming!

    November 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm Reply
  11. Chinamen

    Just import someone from china and have them mine in your cellar instead of in some sweatshop in china.

    November 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply
  12. CCPs lack of

    CCP are making some inroads every now & then but there are still shit loads of bots & RMTer's in the game. Most if not all of the bigger alliances that hold vast amounts of moons & space are involved in the RMT action & I will bet none of those people get booted/banned.

    Yes until I see the people involved within Test & PL with the crap getting perma-banned I won't believe CCP is really serious about the whole thing. Instead they are searching for the small operators & claiming major victories when they catch them.

    As for how bots work these days, I know that they can be created to do a lot of things & it can be hard to identify them sometimes. Now as for using chat activity to determine whether a character is being controlled by a bot or not is not a real bright idea as I know sometimes I don't talk for many many hours at a time & a lot of others I know are the same. Does that mean we are all actually bots? we just don't know it yet!

    November 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply
    1. NullSecHoBo

      For all you don't seem to know, you profess to know a lot.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:03 am Reply
    2. ViperRum

      So, you are in a corp/alliance that has a beef with TEST and/or PL.

      Thanks for sharing.

      November 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm Reply

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