Sony has quietly shut down the PlayStation MVP program. It was originally designed to give certain forum users in the PlayStation community a special rank that meant they were to curate good content, create events, give feedback, and overall help the community. Members also received access to betas, got free shirts, and invites to E3.
An MVP is a regular and dedicated PlayStation user that helps to support PlayStation Network by playing proactive roles during events, generating useful resources for the community, and providing feedback to PlayStation from their perspective as engaged gamers on PSN. MVPs are not employees of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., its parent company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates (“SCEA”). They don’t formulate policy, or moderate PSN. They are bound to the same Terms of Service and User Agreement as any other user of PSN. They are simply highly engaged gamers that care about PlayStation and the PlayStation community.
Users could become an MVP through an application which included short answers and a forty question survey. The application is actually still available through Sony’s website.
That service is now being closed, with members reporting an email they received that states,
As of Monday, April 18, PlayStation will no longer actively support the MVP Program. We want to thank you for your participation in the program and your enthusiasm in making PlayStation the best place to play. We will continue to explore ways to empower the vibrant PlayStation community across our on-console and digital ecosystem.
Several MVP members have tweeted in remembrance of the program.
— Cade Peterson (@CadeRageous) April 16, 2016
— 6AXIS (@SonsofHelghan) April 16, 2016
— Colin Martin (@cmdluke) April 16, 2016
— God is Love (@_Yahislove_) April 16, 2016
— JRico_32 (@JRico_32) April 16, 2016