In Space Somebody Knows How Old You Are…

CCP has been good… if somewhat sporadic… about sharing interesting data and statistics about EVE Online.  We have had everything from economic reports to tidbits on how many players were in a huge battle or how many ships some new NPCs have blown up.

CCP came up with a new one, a video showing the age distribution of its player base done as a video, with each frame being a bi-daily snap shot of the data, covering the game from 2003 to present day.

If your eyesight is anything like mine, you’ll have to go to the video on YouTube, turn it up to 1080p, and then watch it full screen.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

The basic take away is that the population of New Eden is getting older over time, even as it has been growing in population.  Both the mean and median age go up by a few years over the course of the video.  More interesting for me though is the 95 percentile number, which comes pretty close to tracking my own age over time.  It starts out a few years ahead of me, gets a bit closer by 2006 when I start playing the game, and I about catch up by the end of the video.

I do not suppose there is really anything earth shattering in that data.  The population of the game is growing older, no doubt in part because it is one of those games you can stick with for years and year.  It would be interesting to compare this against other long running MMOs, if the data was available.

Hat tip to Neville Smit who posted about the video earlier and has his own look at being out on the 95th percentile of the population of New Eden.

6 thoughts on “In Space Somebody Knows How Old You Are…

  1. sean

    that’s nightmare data for CCP, surely? Average (and median) age tracking up almost in line with the age of the game and functionally no teenagers any more playing the game and few low-20-somethings (ie, students getting hooked): that’s the recipe for a mature (ie, not growing) brand. Where’s the growth opportunity here? Standard marketing theory says EVE is now a cash-cow for CCP… but it’s also their only profitable brand. Is CCP publicly held? I certainly hope it’s privately held, otherwise this is classic divestment material.


  2. UFTimmy

    That’s very interesting. It reminds me of a MUD I played heavily as a teenager, and still play some now.

    The MUD has basically stagnated because it has failed to attract new players, everyone who plays the game now is basically between 25 and 40, and started playing it as a teenager. It’s kind of interesting playing a game with a bunch of people who grew up playing the game.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Sean – If the population of the game had been falling as the average age had been rising, I suppose. However, for all but the final year there, the population of the game has been growing.


  4. SynCaine

    Very interesting data overall, but is it at all surprising? I’d guess the average game is seeing older players today than 10 or 15 years ago. I suspect EVE is perhaps a bit ahead in this aspect due to its complexity and depth and that drives away the young and immature, while at the same time retaining people better than anything else once it clicks, but I wouldn’t be all that surprised if the difference in average age increase wasn’t that dramatically different.


  5. flosch

    What’s most interesting to me, personally, is that I am still below median age according to this video, even though I passed the average some time ago and expect to “beat” the median within the next year, too, if the trend continues.


    I always assumed EVE Online had an older population than other games, but I didn’t expect that.


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