Now we can gift Atari Tokens to other players, this leads to a rather interesting business strategy.
An enterprising player could offer other players a sum of Energy Credits as reward for being gifted a bunch of Atari Tokens. An exchange rate is already in place, given the current Cryptic-approved market for skill point boosters. 1 Hour Skill Boosters worth 500 AT = about 1,500,000 EC on the Exchange.
Before I cash in on my many months of Exchange abuse, I just wanted to know if this was actually within the rules.
This could blow the whole RMT black market out of the water if it's sufficiently legit. Cryptic will win out on this, as the money remains in their coffers, just passed from one player to another.
If this IS legit, then why not take the next step and give these Virtual Atari Token cards an in-game presence, so they can be directly traded on the Exchange?
It worked for CCP and PLEX, so why wouldn't it work here?
10. Ownership/Selling of the Account or Virtual Items. Cryptic does not recognize the transfer of Accounts. You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void. Cryptic owns, has licensed, or otherwise has rights to all of the content that appears in the Game. You agree that you have no right or title in or to any such content, including the virtual goods or currency appearing or originating in the Game, Atari Tokens or any other attributes associated with the Account or stored on the Service ("Game Assets"). Cryptic does not recognize any Game Assets transfers executed outside of the Game or the purported sale, gift or trade in the "real world" of anything related to the Game. Accordingly, you may not sell Game Assets for "real" money or otherwise exchange items for value outside of the Game. Any such sale or exchange is a material breach of this Agreement for which Cryptic may (but is not obligated to) immediately suspend or terminate your account.
Thanks for the link, but the exchange will occur entirely within the game. Or at least, the definition of 'The Game' that incorporates the Atari Token mechanism.
That's the grey area: Does the integrated C-Store and AT currency legally constitute part of 'The Game'? How would this status be affected by the recent UI change to put AT values directly into the game instead of a separate C-Store interface?
Atari Tokens have no intrinsic value, other than what Cryptic decide they are worth in exchange for other items of no intrinsic value. They cannot be cashed out once assigned to a game account.