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Monday, June 06, 2011
Why Aurum Exists
I covered this in episode 48 of my podcast but in case you are like Hallen Turrek and don't listen to anyone else, here it is in a nutshell.
Now CCP could generate ISK directly from a PLEX out of nothing, but since ISK is used for everything in game that could quickly destabilize the economy and game if that generated ISK does not go to micro transaction vanity items. In order to ensure that the consumed PLEX goes to vanity items in microtransactions, they generate Aurum instead of ISK. This has the added benefit of controlling the real life price of the microtransaction items (i.e. it is not determined by player supply and demand).