Now here is something interesting. Cloud Imperium had announced that CitizenCon would be put behind a paywall as gamers would have to purchase an e-ticker (that would cost them $20) in order to watch the Citizencon presentation live. Chris Roberts tried to explain the reasons behind this, however – and after a big backlash – he decided to completely open the CitizenCon 2018 streaming to all Star Citizen members.
As Chris Roberts said:
“Since we originally announced CitizenCon for this year in Austin there’s been multiple threads about digital passes for those that can’t make it to Austin midweek, I thought let’s take a leaf out of Blizzard’s book and have a digital pass to allow people to virtually be there for all the presentations and the money for these passes would help offset the not inconsiderable increase in costs that I was asking for because I wanted to do it better for all of you. It was a gamble because we’re committing to the increased costs without knowing how many people would take us up on it but I decided we would take the gamble this year and if it doesn’t pan out we’ll write it up to experience and not be as ambitious in our video and live stream goals next year.”
To be clear, Cloud Imperium planned to release on YouTube all presentations, with the Keynote being up as soon as possible after it finishes. So yeah, while those presentation were behind a paywall, those with a little patience would be able to watch them for free on YouTube.
However, Chris Roberts decided to reverse the Citizencon ticket price decision, meaning that all those with a Star Citizen account can watch the livestreams for free.
“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.”