Wednesday Jan 29

End Of The Line?

Eve Radio News

Greetings friends,

You may have noticed that Eve Radio's funding of late has slipped to dangerously low levels. So low in fact, for the first time ever we are two months behind on donation targets. To be perfectly blunt, if we don't catch up by the end of the third month (28th July) it'll be game over.

We've been through some tough times in recent years but thanks to a combination of donations, premium supporter services and more recently Eve Host sales we've been able to keep the wolves at the door for the most part. However, as time has progressed we have witnessed a decline in interest in supporting Eve Radio as the world has changed and the way we all consume media has evolved.

This is by no means unique to us. Most internet media has changed significantly over the years and has seen the rise and fall of radio streaming, replaced with increased frequency with blogging, social media and more recently the explosion in live video.

It's a natural evolution and one that it's increasingly hard to counter and as a result more traditional media is falling by the wayside.

For us, this means gamers talking to you and playing music while you play Eve Online isn't as appealing or unique as it used to be back in the good old days. It's no logner a creative novelty that compliments your addiction to Eve in the same way.

The audience has also changed. Most of us who first took to Eve Radio back in the early 00's have grown up, had families, moved on from being able to have those 18 hour long gaming sessions we used to put ourselves through when we were younger and fitter. Responsibilities mean there is less and less time for the fun stuff and the fast paced world we now live in doesn't allow us to set aside much time idle away listening to the radios while we afk through high sec hubs.

Of course, new listeners come and go. These days the younger among the audience have a lot more to occupy their game time and devour media from multiple places at a feverish pace. As a result we don't get the sort of consistent share we used to with the twenty something audience who flocked to us and Eve Online a decade ago.

It's not ideal and over the years we've made changes here and there to try and address the growing problems of sustainability but we have always been able to rely on our supporters to keep the lights on and the tunes playing.

Sadly, the distribution of the burden has fallen all to often to a handful of hardcore supporters that have personally plunged hundreds at a time to make sure that the monthly donations target is met. The more casual listeners havent had to put their hands into their pockets very often of late because experience teaches them someone with an abundance of disposable income will swing by like Tarzan and rescue Jane from the Crocodiles snapping below.

While that may still happen periodically I don't think it's very fair to rely on these fiscal super heroes to keep us afloat. We need to fundamentally re-balance the way donations are received in order to achieve proper sustainability if there is to be a future of Eve Radio.

The bottom line is right now we're a bit screwed. We will cease to operate in 30 days if we don't clear the backlog but we don't want to put the burden on a handful of well to do individuals when a little help from more people will achieve the same thing.

We've done a helluva lot over our 14 year history and each of us is proud of our contributions in one way or another. If this is to be our final month then we will go out knowing we did something special over those years and made something unique and cherished by thousands upon thousands of people.

We're not at the end yet and there is still time to turn things around but whether or not that happens is completely down to you, the listener, the former listener or future listener.

Whatever happens, it's been great. Thank you for your support in the past, the present and hopefully the future.

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Concerned User said:

Sorin Orii
I have spoken to several uses who were part of the community participating in being listeners and chatters in the in-game channel and IRC channel.
here have bee several incidents that come to memory (I wont get into them here) that could easily have been resolved by coming up with a ToS/Rules & Guidlines for participating in the chat. However due to a lack of this some people have been banned who were some of the most active participants in the community and when they left, o were ejected, they took themselves and some other users with them. The MotD for the in-game channel specifies specifically "no racism" and other things.. but to hold people accountable for something as vague and general as "Keep it civil and avoid extreme attitudes" isn't exactly fair. Because levels of civility and extreme attitudes can mean many things to many different people.
I personally have never been banned, I as muted for a time due to a similar misunderstanding over a generalized rule that i apparently interpreted differently from the active DJ. My point is that I love this comunity, and dont want to se it go. And I think a lack of ambiguity with regard to rules would help not hinder. I knwo MotD's only have so much room. Perhaps making a list of rules on the ER website and linking to it in the MotD? With the addition that to participate in chat means accepting the linked ToS/rules?
Please understand I am not trying to be a nitpicky ubernerd who is disgruntled. Qite the opposite. I am relaying my observations of others stating their user experience. And if the community which supports this service is to be saved, it needs to keep users not alienate them.
I hope this is taken in the spirit with which it was meant. (e.g. attempt to be helpful.. not annoying)
July 28, 2016 | url
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Patrick elektros said:

Patrick elektros
i was talking to a friend that's been to eve vegas and fanfest and it shows there too, last year was the first time that fan fest didn't sell out, and also didn't sell out or as quickly of their premium books and swag

while we can talk about the internet in general, we also have to take into account that in 2009 the average player base was 45 to 50k, and low online players was 35

its 2016 and the average players online is closer to 27k and 19 to 21 low... this is a change that delves not only into our own issues, but the fact that ccp is dying, a slow and arduous death

i think that they can still make the game turn around, but listening to more than just reddit would be a good start, and pissing on all those goons and making them log permanently is stupid, because at one point good accounted for about a 1/5 of all eve players
June 28, 2016
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DJ-Phreakbee said:

I'm new to the Eve radio team. I really enjoy listening as well as DJing. I've only been a DJ since April, but I have been listening since 2010. It would really sadden me if Eve Radio was shut down. Bit I do understand times do change over the years. I hope there is some way we can stay afloat and keep bringing Eve Online and beyond tunes we love to listen to as well as play for the Eve community.
June 27, 2016
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