The New Eden Monthly Economic Report for August 2017 is out, and while there are some surprises, the economic performance of Delve isn’t one of them.
The Imperium spent most of the middle of the month of August deployed in the north, staging out of the low sec system of Hakonen. This meant less people ratting and mining, but probably more important, less people defending the home region of Delve. That led to a sharp uptick in carrier and Rorqual losses. So, as one might expect, NPC bounties were way down for Delve.
Hitting close to 3.6 trillion ISK in bounty payouts, that put the region down almost 5 trillion ISK from July, when the payouts totaled 8.4 trillion ISK. The August take was just 42% of the July number.
Still, that left Delve ahead of other heavily ratted regions such as Branch, Cobalt Edge, Outer Passage, and Period Basis, all of which remained fairly steady month over month. The overall effect of the deployment can be seen in the ISK sinks and faucets chart.
The bounty payouts dip and recover on the chart as the Imperium deployed then returned home. That dip represents a little over half of Delve’s contribution to that chart, so you can see that it is significant, but also that bounties are being paid out elsewhere too. With Delve gone bounties would still the largest ISK faucet in the game by far. And, of course, 92% of bounties are still paid out in null sec.
It is also interesting to note the bump in insurance payouts and transaction tax and broker’s fee deductions during the deployment north as the Imperium bought out supplies in Jita and then lost piles of Typhoons. The interconnectivity of the economy is one of the powerful aspects of EVE Online.
On the mining front Delve was likewise down during the deployment.
The dip in mining is even more dramatic that bounties, with the value assessed at 2 trillion ISK, down from over 10 trillion ISK in July. That is an 80% cut, though it is not surprising. Rorquals, the mining ship of choice in null sec space, were heavily targeted during the deployment. Many were blown up… the value of ships destroyed went from 1.4 trillion to 2.2 trillion ISK… while smarter miners chose not to expose their fancy ships to the danger.
Likewise, production in Delve was down as well, dipping by 50% as people threw themselves into the deployment.
The key economic figures summary chart also shows Delve dropping by half when it comes to trade value as well when compared to the July numbers.
So that is the economic impact of the Imperium taking its show on the road for a few weeks.
However, we’re back in Delve again now, the defenses are back in place, and ratting and mining are relatively safe occupations for the wary again. I expect the numbers to bounce back to July levels this month, perhaps even exceeding them as people put in a bit of effort to make up for losses and lost time.