If you have kept up with the problems in the NBA over the last decade, they revolve around too many teams in dead markets such as Sacramento and New Orleans. The problem is that good players get stuck on teams in cities with fans that just don’t care. The fans aren’t showing up to games and in-turn, the NBA is losing boatloads of money. This ends up hurting the major-market teams such as Miami, New York, and Chicago because those cities have to make up for the losses the league suffers in the small markets.
Where am I going with this? Well EQOA is the exact same way. Instead of dead-market teams, we have dead-servers, full of really great players and toons that would be of great use in a major-market, or in this case, the server, Castle Lightwolf.
The NBA’s solution to their problem is to downsize, dropping the teams in markets that don’t make them money and moving the big name players to bigger markets. This should be EQOA’s solution as well. Compress all servers to a single server allowing players from PPO to play with players from CLW without having to give up the time to rebuild if one were to simply change servers.
I understand that people would complain. Specifically the small-market servers who claim that a bigger-market server would ruin the game and they like playing in the smaller market. To these people I have to say, shut your mouth. You have two options here, either enjoy playing the game with CLW folks, or watch it become unprofitable and eventually shut down. By combining the servers, at least SOE would be compromising with the time spent on your toon.