Hypernet Relay: lose all your ISK at Hyper-speed


At EVE London, CCP informed us about something they called the ‘Hypernet Relay’. The update was to arrive on Singularity on November 27, and go live to TQ as of December 10. Hilmar described it as “something future forward […] a trading paradigm that can be used for wealth redistribution that can be used in New Eden, but also in reality”. But what is the Hypernet Relay? CCP answered that question in a dev blog released on Wednesday, along with the system’s arrival on Sisi.

The Hypernet Relay

The Hypernet Relay is a raffle system. It will allow EVE Online player to sell items in-game, including items that can’t be placed onto the market. It allows players to set their own prices for the item, how many tickets to sell and the price per ticket. This lets players to gain access to higher-value items for a sliver of the normal price—if they win the raffle. They also run the risk of losing all their ISK and ended up with nothing. So how does it work?

First, to be able to sell an item on the Hypernet, you have to have it in an NPC station. Second, you need an item called a HyperCore. These can be purchased from the New Eden Store, or on the market from other players who themselves purchased it on the NES. HyperCores act as your broker fee. In addition, a further tax on your raffle is set to 5% of the total value you’re looking to collect. Each raffle lasts until all tickets are sold, or up to 3 days, whichever comes first. If the tickets do not sell out, all tickets are refunded, but not the HyperCores. In effect, the seller loses the broker fees. It is possible for anyone to buy tickets, including the seller, as a way to make sure the raffle completes.

Why? Or Why Not?

The Hypernet Relay’s goal, according to CCP, is to increase the sale of products. Where sometimes people might not buy a large ticket item, they will be more inclined to buy a raffle ticket for one, in hopes of winning the said raffle. The system was influenced by SomerBlink, a 3rd party system that operated in previous years. The main difference is that Somer offered cash-out value for the item to be re-added back to your gaming credits. As a result, if you won big you could take ISK credit and keep playing. CCP system has a block in place for where you have to sell the item first before you can use your winnings.

My main concern is that the system is an in-game casino full stop. It allows players to gamble tons of ISK quickly with no apparent safeguards in place. While it is possible for a user to contact EVE Online Customer Support and request to be banned from the Hypernet, this sort of self-policing does not work. It is interesting to see what horror stories come out. Am I going to spend my writer fee in 5 mins on some Hypernet Relay raffle, or most likely, am I going to get addicted and spend everything I got? Well, that’s something we find out later on.

I do have faith that this will be a good add on to the game. However, I feel more safeguards need to be put in place due to the flashy in your face win nature that the system currently has.

Hypernet Relay is on SISI right now and is penned for the TQ update on December 10.

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  • Axhind

    I’m looking forward EU fines to CCP for this shit. I might even pitch in and report them right now so that state agencies can get started on this idiocy.

    November 28, 2019 at 7:29 AM
    • Super Duper Axhind

      But is it gambling, i mean this more like a lottery with a clear indication what the prize is.
      I know lootboxes with unclear content aren’t allowed anymore but i think they are dodging that bullet. (correct me if i’m wrong)

      November 28, 2019 at 9:59 AM
      • Rhivre Super Duper

        It is gambling in the same way a lottery is gambling. You are playing a game of chance unless you buy all the tickets.

        Having said that, my main issue with this is that hilmar made it sound like a market or trading thing.

        I would quite like them to use this new interface for auctions or something, but a raffle isn’t trading

        November 28, 2019 at 12:23 PM
  • antiBILLotic

    This HyperBullshit Raffle needs to be reconsidered.

    November 28, 2019 at 10:09 AM
  • Rammel Kas

    Hmm… gambling plus lootbox plus microtransaction all rolled into one potential landmine.

    November 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    • Romulus Loches Rammel Kas

      Where the hell is the microtransaction in this update? For that matter, where is the mystery lootbox? You know EXACTLY what you are bidding on and the chance you have to win.

      November 29, 2019 at 1:54 AM
      • Rammel Kas Romulus Loches

        Via the Hypercore you need to set it all in motion. True you buy it from NES, but given what I know about a few people I shoot regularly, their appetites to compensate their fittings and their disposable income it’s the easiest step for them. They do not typically grind at all.

        November 29, 2019 at 5:58 AM
        • Romulus Loches Rammel Kas

          So you are saying that all purchases from the NES are microtransactions and therefore inherently scary and bad. I have no problem with you shitting on the idea, but your accuracy sucks.

          November 30, 2019 at 1:44 AM
          • CeresDomini Romulus Loches

            “all purchases from the NES are microtransactions” yes they are, and if you think their something else then your accuracy sucks

            December 1, 2019 at 6:21 AM
          • Romulus Loches CeresDomini

            Then we agree to disagree. To me, the act of buying PLEX can be called a microtransaction, but using that PLEX in the NES isn’t. Purchasing in-game currency has become a standard in almost every game. It is possible to purchase PLEX with isk which does alter the nature of PLEX.

            I’ve talked about how Eve has been Freemium for a while now, not gonna rehash that. The fact that people are crying over anything new that CCP does is just petty though. You could even say it is CCP’s job to monetize the game for a profit. The real underlying issue is how CCP is using that money.

            December 1, 2019 at 6:10 PM
  • Casinos are bad! (Because we can’t charge you extra real money to run them lololololol)

    November 28, 2019 at 6:35 PM
  • Bill Bones

    So CCP removed ingame gambling because of ~issues~ and now adds it back because they’re getting a share of it? Am I missing something?

    November 28, 2019 at 7:13 PM
  • LP Bisbey

    God dam the meta shows go down hill now that brisic is the main host …

    December 1, 2019 at 1:00 AM
  • Keks Vaander Bosslocke

    In all fairness. You should be appaled by this if you dislike gambling – it is a justified reaction.
    It’s not even about the “oh you don’t have to use it if you dislike it” or “theres even an option to completely opt out of the featureby disabling it”. That’s not the real issue here. It’s the fact that development resource flow into this kind of content – meaning that other aspects and feature will be neglected in favour of this.

    Personally I really don’t see how this would actually help the game in any sense – I’d even argue that this could potentially harm the marked. So yes, the outrage is justified.

    April 23, 2021 at 3:33 PM