Aspiring graphic artists who happen to live outside the USA have been stymied by SOE’s regional restrictions on Player Studio. It’s our understanding that tax and accounting laws have so far kept the program from opening up to other countries.
With Player Studio being a core part of the upcoming EQNext (sources pointing to a 2015 nod) and EQNext Landmark (going Alpha this month and in wide release sometime in April), it seems that a corner may have been turned and PlayerStudio availability in the EU may be on the horizon. As a happy side benefit, this will hopefully open the marketplace up for many more EQ, EQ2, Planetside 2, and FreeRealms player-designers as well.
More specifically on EU Player Studio – we had to figure out the relevant tax forms and legal regulations. This has never been about anything other than annoying taxation and legal things we had to get buttoned up. It’s not hard. It’s not rocket science. It’s just mind numbing stuff.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) January 17, 2014
EQNext and EQNext Landmark will allow players to sell house layouts (design blueprints), harvested materials, and pretty much anything they can create on the in-game Marketplace. As Zjeven opined on our sister site EQNWire last week, it would have been incredibly unfair had PlayerStudio remained open to US audiences alone.
Incidentally, Georgeson made sure to clarify that there will be non-StationCash ways to acquire or purchase in-game items in the two ‘Next games, with the exception of player-marketed items:
— David Georgeson (@DaveGeorgeson) January 16, 2014
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