Issue - With no ability to chat outside of your assigned league, it is only by sheer chance that a player can “bump” into other active, like minded players. Since the social component is such a big part of this game, it makes sense that lower leagues seem somewhat dead, while higher leagues are very insular.
Proposed Solution - Pre-Established Chat Groups, possibly accessed through Team Meeting Hall (very similar to what players have set up on their own, but supported by PG). There could be a “get recruited” group chat, “base building tips”, etc. There could be incentives for new players to log in and also rewards for veteran players who participate.
Additional Proposal - Egg missions could include the occasional requirement to post something in chat. Sometimes people require a “push” before they dip their toe in new social waters.
Why is this needed? - Again, there is a HUGE, OLD, WELL-ESTABLISHED community of very active (and opinionated ) veterans, but it shouldn’t be the burden of new players to have to discover that. The community should be available and welcoming to new players - and a simple in game chat option that exposes newbies to other leagues and larger aspects of the game early on might be all it takes to draw people in.
Shrugs Just an idea. I know that I probably sound like a broken record at this point about getting new players engaged.
Have a nice day, everyone