Sometime in the last week www.evevegas2.com has turned into vegas.eveonline.com. A little digging around on the site brought up the FAQ where it says:
Is EVE Vegas supposed to be Fanfest USA?
No. EVE Vegas is a different event in another part of the world, established by EVE players who still make up large part of presentations. The event has enjoyed support from CCP Games throughout the years and is now run and managed by the company, with the programming being conducted in close cooperation with EVE players.This was a surprise. Eve Vegas is a player run event started by Zapawork. I first attended in 2012 where we had six developers that we had to fly in to do presentation. There was a good turn out of around a hundred and seventy people or so (I think). This was followed in 2013 by Eve Vegas growing. Almost three hundred people went and CCP sent an entire Developer team to do tournaments, streaming, Valkyrie demos and give our goodies and toys. It was a lot of fun and much more polished.
This year, CCP has fully taken over while still working with Zappa. And I think it is both good and bad.
The FAQ notes that Eve Vegas is a player run Event and that CCP plans to keep it that way. I do not know what agreement they came up with Zappa but CCP is in charge of the buss. I've been to Fanfest and last year Eve Vegas was great. I expect it to be amazing this year.
Having CCP makes it seem more official to those who are uncomfortable going to player events. We already give money to CCP. We have a level of trust with them as their clients. They are professionals at this type of things. It means more goodies, a polished experience, and lots of fun Eve focused things.
My worries are that it will become affected by any ups and downs at CCP. A player hosting the event could also have ups and downs. I've become fond of Eve Vegas and I want for it to succeed. I've had a good time in at CCP's official gathering and it will be interesting to see how Eve Vegas is handled this year and in the future.
My flight and hotel are booked. It will be a busy September and October full of Eve Online.