Seems somebody at CCP has this ideal that 3rd party app developers(EVE Mon, DotLan, etc, etc) need to be charged 99$ US, a year, in order to allow their services to continue to exist. See many of these free 3rd party apps make no money on the services they provide to the players. Some do(barely). Some actually allow players to make donations(real money) to help the developer of the 3rd party app continue to update and provide online services.
It seems CCP now wants to start charging a commercial license fee to allow these websites to continue to operate. In other words, pay up, or we'll shut you down.
This also includes websites that take ISK as donations for services provided.
This has money grab written all over it. What is up with CCP? These 3rd party apps like EVE Mon, Battleclinic, Dotlan and such barely break even to keep operating. What about EVE Radio? Will you require a commercial license from them as well?
Many of these 3rd party app people do this out of love for the game and are not in it to get rich or even make money, they ask for donations simply to recoup the cost of actually having a website up to provide the services they do.
What will this do to the 3rd party app provider? They will either start charging for their services and require players to pay them to access their websites and or use their 3rd party apps. Players all ready pay to play the game, now they maybe asked to pay to use 3rd party apps that at times actually enhance their game play experience. How many players are going to willfully subscribe to such a service?
All this will do is cause these websites to fold up. Good going. NOT!
Imagine other game companies doing this with their 3rd party app developers? Games like WoW and such would lose so many subscribers it isn't even funny. 3rd party apps in some of these games actually enhance a players game play experience and are free to download and use. What if Blizzard started requiring these 3rd party app developers to buy a commercial license? LOL!
Personally - to me - this is a MONEY GRAB. I use to have a lot of respect for CCP and then they go and do something like this? Really CCP are you going to be a little slimy worm?
I was sympathetic to CCP's plight when LuLzSec pulled their little DDoS attack on you the other day...now today, maybe not so much.
Read it all here! BizDev CCP Blog
Oh and here is the players responses to this >>> DevBlog Thread They are catching lots of hate and flack for this. If CCP wants to kill their game, this will do it.