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EVE Online Offers ISK Donations To Japan Disaster Relief

Here's a great way to help out with the relief if more traditional channels aren't your thing.

Starting today, EVE Online enthusiasts will be able to contribute to disaster relief for Japan via game-based transactions. Over on the game’s official blog, developer CCP Games has announced that it will be accepting PLEX donations for “PLEX for Good: Japan,” an initiative that turns game time into real-world cash which is then donated, in this specific case, to the Red Cross. According to CCP’s FAQ, the developer will be absorbing all VAT charges, so the full amount of a donation goes to the charity.

I didn’t know what PLEX was until a few minutes ago, so I’m guessing a couple of you reading this are scratching your heads, too. In a nutshell, PLEX is a game-time card that adds a total of 30 days of EVE Online service to an account. These virtual cards can be traded in-game through the EVE economy, essentially allowing you to exchange your hard-earned ISK for real game time with an actual monetary value. (When you hear about thousands of dollars of real money being lost or stolen in EVE: Online, it usually has to do with the destruction of large shipments of PLEX cards.) The short of all this is that essentially EVE players now have the option to convert their in-game currency to real-world money that CCP will donate to the Red Cross. Pretty cool.
      

  
The EVE posting outlines exactly what you need to do in order to make a PLEX for Good donation. I don’t want to mess this up (I'm an EVE virgin), so here’s exactly what the post says:

  • To make your PLEX donation:

    • Contract your PLEX to the "CCP PLEX for Good" character, and please make sure the character is in the "C C P" corporation and that the name is spelled correctly to avoid scams.  
    • Contracts will be accepted within 24 hours of submission, though usually sooner than that.

There’s several other ways, of course, to donate cash to Japan, so feel free to do that if you’ve got the time and the extra money. It’s a great cause.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Starting today, EVE Online enthusiasts will be able to contribute to disaster relief for Japan via game-based transactions. Over on the game’s official blog, developer CCP Games has announced that it will be accepting PLEX donations for “PLEX for Good: Japan,” an initiative that turns game time into real-world cash which is then donated, in this specific case, to the Red Cross. According to CCP’s FAQ, the developer will be absorbing all VAT charges, so the full amount of a donation goes to the charity.

I didn’t know what PLEX was until a few minutes ago, so I’m guessing a couple of you reading this are scratching your heads, too. In a nutshell, PLEX is a game-time card that adds a total of 30 days of EVE Online service to an account. These virtual cards can be traded in-game through the EVE economy, essentially allowing you to exchange your hard-earned ISK for real game time with an actual monetary value. (When you hear about thousands of dollars of real money being lost or stolen in EVE: Online, it usually has to do with the destruction of large shipments of PLEX cards.) The short of all this is that essentially EVE players now have the option to convert their in-game currency to real-world money that CCP will donate to the Red Cross. Pretty cool.
      

  
The EVE posting outlines exactly what you need to do in order to make a PLEX for Good donation. I don’t want to mess this up (I'm an EVE virgin), so here’s exactly what the post says:

  • To make your PLEX donation:

    • Contract your PLEX to the "CCP PLEX for Good" character, and please make sure the character is in the "C C P" corporation and that the name is spelled correctly to avoid scams.  
    • Contracts will be accepted within 24 hours of submission, though usually sooner than that.

There’s several other ways, of course, to donate cash to Japan, so feel free to do that if you’ve got the time and the extra money. It’s a great cause.
Edited by xseedx

cool
edit:
after getting the stupid quest and actually reading the story:
That IS a pretty cool thing!

Posted by ajamafalous

Good for CCP.

Posted by Skald

Good on them for doing that.

Edited by dagas

If this is not the future, I don't know what is. 
 
EDIT; I just hope pirates don't destroy those PLEX shipments. I lost months of work to pirates once in EVE. It's not a game for care bears like me and that why I stopped playing years ago.

Posted by crusader8463

Good on them for doing that.    

Posted by AxleBro

here japan, have my fake money..... i already game 25 bucks.... that isk needs to go to my new ship.

Posted by FlamingHobo

I really do admire people and companies that join together for causes like this. It restores a little faith in mankind for me. Bravo.

Posted by Aetheldod

Good .... I hope they cash in a lot to help the japanese folks :)

Posted by Voxatron

That's really quite awesome of them.

Posted by Akeldama

Things like this give me a shred of hope that video games will be legitimized in my lifetime. 

Posted by msavo
@Akeldama said:
" Things like this give me a shred of hope that video games will be legitimized in my lifetime.  "
Me too. But than I go online and every match I go in someone is saying the n word or calling someone a fag...
Posted by Kurtdyoung

This is a really good, really cool idea. 

Edited by atomic_dumpling

So this why EVE is infamous for scams and assholes (meaning PLEX). I would assume the CCP character is invincible, if part of the actual game at all.

Posted by aurahack

That's honestly the neatest thing I've heard all day.

Posted by Hector
That is freaking awesome.
Posted by Kyreo

That is why I love EVE online.  Because you can do shit like this.

Posted by fox01313

Bloody nice of them to do this. Still amazed at how much of a Godzilla level of a hit this disaster was on Japan.

Posted by dvorak
@dagas said:
" If this is not the future, I don't know what is.  EDIT; I just hope pirates don't destroy those PLEX shipments. I lost months of work to pirates once in EVE. It's not a game for care bears like me and that why I stopped playing years ago. "
Hahaha, and that's why I keep playing. 
 
What a great idea though, CCP does have great ideas all the time, it's usually just the execution that comes up lacking.
Posted by Mikemcn

Eve Online is a fantastic and unique game no one wants to play. This is a great idea though.

Posted by Midjet

Fantastic, good work from CCP!

Posted by Duffman
@dagas said:
" If this is not the future, I don't know what is.  EDIT; I just hope pirates don't destroy those PLEX shipments. I lost months of work to pirates once in EVE. It's not a game for care bears like me and that why I stopped playing years ago. "
What would be cool is if these charity shipments were recognized in game and then issued a fleet of ships to defend it.
Posted by MisterMouse

that pretty cool that they have that in there.

Posted by Donos

CCP's actually been doing this for quite a while with several other charities. It's pretty cool.

Posted by kollay

Just something about reading "shipments of PLEX cards" made me go 'fuck yeah.'

Posted by ch3burashka

This is good news for two reasons: for one, it's great that CCP is, like many others, supporting disaster relief, which Japan sorely needs.  
 
The other reason is that this means that there'll be more EVE discussion on the Bombcast, which never disappoints. 
 
On a related note, I've seen commercials and/or have been told I can text REDCROSS 10 bucks 3 times in the last 4/5 years, which is an infinite increase over the years prior. We are truly in the end times.

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

I thought it was too soon to make jokes?

Posted by Akeldama
@RE_Player92 said:
" @Akeldama said:
" Things like this give me a shred of hope that video games will be legitimized in my lifetime.  "
Me too. But than I go online and every match I go in someone is saying the n word or calling someone a fag... "
I was very careful with my words. Video Games are striding towards legitimacy. The gamers however, are striding towards anything but.
Posted by laugurinn
@Mikemcn: You are right. No one is playing. Except  for those 300.000+ subscribers of course.
Posted by LordXavierBritish

I fucking love CCP. 
 
God damn it, I should re-sub EVE.

Posted by Krystal_Sackful

Somebody needs to jack all of a corporation's assets from the inside and give it all to this. They'd be a hero and only assholes would get mad at him.

Posted by Sacerdos87

Pretty awesome stuff. I will probably see if I can get my alliance to pool together on this.

Posted by tourgen

get in on the PLEX bubble before the pop!  heh

Posted by Mikemcn
@laugurinn said:
" @Mikemcn: You are right. No one is playing. Except  for those 300.000+ subscribers of course. "
I meant that more in the fact that you do more work in Eve Online than you actually play. 
Posted by laugurinn
@Mikemcn:  So by saying "Eve Online is a fantastic and unique game no one wants to play" you actually meant "Eve Online is a fantastic and unique game no one wants to do more work in than actually play" ? I don't get it.
 
Besides that, the game is about working. Not playing.
Posted by bartok

Great gesture but with all the shenanigans that go on in EVE I can't help but think that some heartless bastard is going to steal all that money.  It is probable going to be safer to just donate directly to the Red Cross.

Posted by Packfan104L4
@bartok said:
" Great gesture but with all the shenanigans that go on in EVE I can't help but think that some heartless bastard is going to steal all that money.  It is probable going to be safer to just donate directly to the Red Cross. "
In the full write-up, CCP says any scams relating to this donation drive will be struck down with swift and irrefutable force.
Posted by BlaineKodos

Using in-game currency to generate real world currency to aid a disaster relief fund? If I hadn't heard it from a reputable source I'd swear it was a joke. Good on them for doing this, as unusual as it is!

Posted by Forum_User

Well, now it's Blizzard's turn to sell some ridiculously overpriced mount on the pretext of it being for charity when they're only donating part of the money to charity. 
 
Yeah, that's one of the dirtiest marketing tricks in the book.

Edited by Nentisys
@dagas said:

" If this is not the future, I don't know what is.  EDIT; I just hope pirates don't destroy those PLEX shipments. I lost months of work to pirates once in EVE. It's not a game for care bears like me and that why I stopped playing years ago. "

You can't lose PLEX unless you a retard. Also carebears are my favorite snack.

@dvorak So true!

@ Mikemcn There are plenty eve players around.

Posted by Althox

Thinking about sending a PLEX or two now when I got enough ISK.

Posted by Branthog
@Akeldama said:
" @RE_Player92 said:
" @Akeldama said:
" Things like this give me a shred of hope that video games will be legitimized in my lifetime.  "
Me too. But than I go online and every match I go in someone is saying the n word or calling someone a fag... "
I was very careful with my words. Video Games are striding towards legitimacy. The gamers however, are striding towards anything but. "
Nothing says "legitimacy" like Pokemon and We Dare.
Posted by Renahzor
@dagas:   The only thing that could actually happen is contract scams with similar character names, which CCP Im sure would heavily frown upon in this type of promotion.  Usually scams are 100% ok in EVE, but they have cracked down in the past when people scam on things like this.  They wont be shipped, since its going to a CCP employee the contracts can be made at any station the plex is in, and then CCP gets it without having to ship them Im sure.
 
If you play EVE you know what to do, if you're new to EVE and still want to do it, Contract the plex in whatever station it's in, do not try and fly it to another station, and you'll be fine.  :)