Giulio Cesare – A Case for Fraud
Ladies and Gentlemen, do not adjust your monitors. I am not Thing 1. My name is Gomez Adams and I’ve been asked to do this story for the sole purpose that I actually used to play the game and most around here never bothered with it.
Now, for quite some time Wargaming have been really bombarding their games with premium vehicles for the sole purpose of making money. It has, in large part, been one of the many reasons people became so disenfranchised with every game they’ve made. Each should, for obvious reasons, be renamed “World of Premiums” and insert the name of the vehicle in question at the end.
It’s gotten that bad. In fact, a member here was in a game of World of Tanks last weekend (God only knows why, and we’ll not get into it here) and he noticed that out of 30 vehicles in that match, not a single one was a tech tree vehicle.
All 30 were premiums. Wow. Just wow.
Back when Warships was just getting going and was a very good game, premiums were rather few and far between. But as the North American population of World of Tanks started hitting rock bottom, a sudden, rapid influx of premium ships began flooding in to World of Warships.
I remember them doing the write ups on the U.S.S. Arizona. They took their time with it. For months it was talked about, shown in teasers, tested, and tested more. It took months for it to make it to the live server and go on sale.
Now, premium ships are introduced at a rate approaching ridiculous levels of lunacy. In fact, at this point right now, just over 30% of all ships in World of Warships are premiums.
Italy has 4 premium ships. They have no regular ships.
Let me say that again: Italy has 4 premium ships.
THEY HAVE NO REGULAR SHIPS.
Why is that? One could understand one or two, but four? What’s the point in that? There are no ships to grind at all, no captains to train, what on earth is the point of even having an Italian Premium for captain training when you have no Italian ships to even place a captain in?
Well, money. That’s why. Why waste time working on a tech tree you can grind for free when you can hurl premiums into the game piecemeal and make quick cash.
But then there’s a problem: how to you coerce people into buying premiums for a ship line that doesn’t exist?
Simple: You make it so ridiculously over powered that they simply can’t refuse.
And that is where the Giulio Cesare comes in, friends.
This ship isn’t just OP. It’s RIDICULOUSLY OP. It is more dominate than even the Type 59 was in it’s prime. In fact, imagine the Type 59 in all its original glory being introduced at a T7 medium and that’s basically what you have with the Giulio Cesare.
Don’t think so? Well, let’s get some help from the good folks over at World of Warships Numbers. Here is how the stats of all T5 Battleships match up. You’ll notice that Giulio Cesare is, by far, number one in every category but one. (Texas is No. 1 in Planes Destroyed)
WIN RATE – No 1 by nearly 5% over first non-premium ship:
KILLS PER GAME – 35% higher than first non-premium ship:
DAMAGE PER GAME – 30% higher than first non-premium ship:
KILLS PER DEATH RATIO – 44% higher than first non-premium ship:
People, this thing isn’t just OP. It’s absolutely beyond the pale OP. This thing dominates T5 so badly, it actually dominates T6. That’s right! If you hurl in T6 ships to the T5 comparison, it still dominates in every category!
WIN RATE vs. T6:
KILLS vs. T6:
DAMAGE PER GAME vs. T6:
KILLS PER DEATH vs. T6:
Now, Wargaming’s bright idea to fix all of this is to simply move the ship to T6 untouched and leave it there. As you can all plainly see, it’s going to do quite well there. It will face T8’s and of course suffer accordingly, but overall the ship SHOULD be able to hold it’s own at T6 and still be a very good, winning, money making / captain training ship. (Not that it’s worth doing since there are no Italian ships to train a captain for, but there it is.)
But that’s not the point of this article. The main point is: how did a ship that is perfectly suited to T6 ever get introduced at T5 to begin with?
Just looking at the numbers, the ship is so laughably out of place at T5 one can only come to the conclusion that it was sale bait. It was placed there intentionally to make money.
And it worked. Thousands bought it.
But now that’s all over. The move to T6 will make it a decent ship where it belongs, not the OP steaming pile of pay-to-win it has been for the last year-and-a-half.
That’s right, folks! This thing has been raking people over the coals since October of 2017 and absolutely nothing was ever done about it.
Because they were still selling like hot cakes, that’s why.
But not anymore. This has been a long, long pattern with Wargaming that has long since ceased to be the odd occurrence or one-off thing and become a modus operadi.
Create an OP vehicle. Release it. Wait for people to buy it / burn up gold free XPing to get it. Once people all have it, “adjust it” to where it’s “balanced” (read as beat it to death with the nerf hammer to make it the way it should have been to begin with and then release your next, new, OP as all-get-out vehicle.)
Rinse – repeat. Year after year. Game after game.
Now, normally when you purchases something it comes with at least the basic premise that you’ll get what you paid for; if you don’t, then you get your money back.
Example: You go into a restaurant and buy a steak and pay for it. Then the waiter comes back and informs you they are out of steak. Well, you don’t have to pay for the steak. It’s really that simple. You get your money back and if you like you can purchase something else.
But not with Wargaming. With Wargaming, you walk in and buy a steak. You pay for a steak. They even bring you a plate with a steak on it, but about the time you’re a few bites into it really enjoying it they take that plate away from you, give you a pork chop, say “there you go, sir” and that’s that.
And that’s exactly what they’re doing with the Giulio Cesare. You bought an INTENTIONALLY OVER POWERED SHIP. They designed it, they tested it, they knew exactly how ridiculous it was. They let you play it for a year and a half.
Now, they’re taking that away and giving you an also ran T6 battleship. You can’t get your money back. They’ll “maybe” give you in game gold which is essentially useless to you because you wont be able to use it to buy most any new ship that comes out that you’re actually interested in.
Folks, it’s textbook wire fraud. Let’s look at the actual definition of wire fraud for just a moment (highlighted part by me):
The U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Resource Manual Section 941.18 U.S.C. 1343 cites these as the key elements of wire fraud: 1) a person voluntarily and intentionally devised or participated in a scheme to defraud another out of money; 2) that person did so with the intent to defraud; 3) it was reasonably foreseeable that interstate wire communications would be used; and 4) that interstate wire communications were in fact used. Wire fraud is a federal crime punishable up to 30 years in jail along with fines and restitution. The statute of limitations to bring a charge is five years, unless the wire fraud targeted a financial institution, in which case the statute of limitations is 10 years.
Folks, that’s exactly what they did. They introduced a ship for sale knowing full well it would sell because of how ridiculously over powered it was. Once it had sold as much as it was going to sell, they are moving it to where it is no longer the ship you bought, essentially taking it away from you and replacing it with another ship and keeping your money for doing it.
Now, if you had bought the ship for in game gold, you should get in game gold back. If you won the ship in a contest, well, you can take in game gold.
But if you paid cash for it, they need to give you your cash back. It’s not your fault that the developers are obviously not at all qualified for their jobs as they seem to do this over and over again.
But then again, the pattern Wargaming have shown over and over again is to do this exact thing: intentionally sell an item and later take it away in order to make money…well…we just read what that is, didn’t we?
You have 5 years, folks. So anything that has ever happened in World of Warships and most of what has happened in World of Tanks along these same lines is game.
I didn’t mention World of Warplanes simply because nobody ever played it.