For those of you who don't know, CCP are the publishers of EVE, a science fiction space ship based MMO. I played EVE for a relatively short time. It was fun, but I needed my fantasy fix, so I left it. Which brings me to the topic of my post. I'm going to talk about some of the differences between CCP with EVE, and EA with UO. These are in no particular order with a few exceptions: - There are the obvious differences, EVE is science fiction, UO is fantasy, etc. I'm not going to get into those. UO was released in 1997, EVE in 2003, but both are pretty ancient in computer game terms. - The first and most important difference. EVE's subscription base, according to the last information I have from before the recession, has throughout the years slowly, and steadily increased. By all accounts and from all appearances, UO's has slowly but steadily decreased. - EA is a multinational behemoth in the gaming industry with resources at it's disposal that CCP can only dream of, and a long list of supposedly successful products in it's catalogue. CCP is essentially a small, independent game publisher, with one, as far as I know, one product. - CCP never charges for an expansion, and as far as I know has never sold in game items in a store for real world cash. You can buy game time, that's it. The monthly subscription fees for both UO and EVE are pretty close, but we all know that with UO every year there is a new expansion, or some new crap that everyone simply "must have" that they sell in the UO Game Codes store that easily adds up to another $20 - $50 US, per account. - Now for the difference that lead me to post this thread. I played EVE for a few months. I've played UO for over seven years now. I've quit UO in the past as well, once in 2002 for four years, and once in 2007 for two years. Every now and again, not often enough to be annoying I get a news letter from CCP, or a friendly reminder that I still have an account along with an offer of some free game time if I re-open it. If I wanted to I could remove my email from CCP's mailing list, they are a reputable company, but I've never felt the need to, and I like receiving updates on their latest expansions, etc. Even though I have had three accounts that have been open for significant periods of time I have never received anything from EA. No reminders that UO still exists. No newsletter bringing me up to date on the latest additions to content or story lines. No special offers to entice me back. Nothing. I'll just repeat the first difference in my list. Throughout the years, as far as I know, EVE's active subscriber base has steadily increased. UO's subscriber base has steadily decreased. It seems pretty clear to me from looking at my short comparison what some of the reasons for this difference could be.