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Cloud Imperium Games decided against charging for CitizenCon’s live streams

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Last week it was revealed that Star Citizen’s upcoming Citizencon would charge fans for the privilege of streaming the event, and many were unhappy. It’s not just a case of people on the internet being unhappy about things; previous streams from past events have been free. The response has been particularly vitriolic, with even long-standing Star Citizen fans angered by the $20 access fee.

In a lengthy post, CIG’s Chris Roberts has explained why the fee was implemented, and also backed down, removing the access charge.

“If you’re upset, you should be upset at me,” Roberts said “Because this was my idea.”

“This year’s CitizenCon is much bigger than last years, with two separate stages and tracks. We did this because we felt the format we tested last year was a success and because of this we wanted to expand it to allow more people to attend and provide more opportunities to hear from and interact with the devs.

“With a venue and planned attendance three times the CitizenCon in Frankfurt, [Germany] with more panels (so more devs needing to travel), more food and drink options for everyone the proposed budget for this year’s CitizenCon was almost double last years. And this was without any video coverage, let alone streaming of the second stage, and a plan to just stream the opening keynote from the main stage.”

The expanded scope (because everything Star Citizen does increases in scope)means that CIG would have to charge for streaming. Roberts later added :

“After sleeping on this, I am going to chalk this one up to experience. We’re going to cut back on the live-streaming crew / costs but have both stages streamed for anyone with a Star Citizen user account.

Star Citizen Content Creators are welcome to rebroadcast our stream live.If you would like to support the additional costs of streaming all the presentations, you can support the show by purchasing the CitizenCon digital goodies package (Imperators still get this as their October flair).”

So that’s something; a bit of well-placed whining on the internet has had a decent outcome.

Last Updated: September 3, 2018


  1. Kromas

    September 3, 2018 at 07:56

    Whats up with the emoticons?

    Also SC … yawn. Rather talk about Ubisofts 6 bloody versions of Division 2!


  2. eyesuc

    September 3, 2018 at 09:23

    Calling it Citizen CON is a bit on the nose, dontchathink? At least it isn’t a misnomer.


  3. Ghost In The Rift

    September 3, 2018 at 10:16

    We might get GTA 6 before SC , asking cash for a stream has gots to raise some red lights regarding kick-starter money


  4. Joe Blobers

    September 3, 2018 at 12:30

    Quote: “So that’s something; a bit of well-placed whining on the internet has had a decent outcome.”

    Which demonstrate that Backers can be heard by a CEO who care about delivering the right message back to them.
    Others companies would have just kept the same decision… Kudo to CR and Backers. +100K$ as a reward in a couple of days 🙂

    Meanwhile we will get served with the same old joke about Citizen’Con’ (so funny … and predictable) and ‘my grand-mother will walk on Mars before SC is released’ 🙂


    • Pariah

      September 3, 2018 at 13:10

      Read: “Oh shit, sorry we tried to exploit you. We get it, we were caught out. We’ll reverse our decision to screw our fans. My bad. Maybe next year we’ll prep the lube in advance.”

      “CEO who care” is a bit off the mark there.


      • Joe Blobers

        September 3, 2018 at 14:37

        The day they make Billions $ like Blizzard and still charge for ticket convention you will be able to define it as exploit… Pledges are used for game development, asking for a contribution of few $ once a year and still uploading all video hours after is everything but exploiting poor little helpless people 🙂


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