Daily Archives: February 25, 2022

The January EVE Online Monthly Economic Report with More Data Format Changes

After getting two MERs last month… well, three if you count the December redo of mining data… the January 2022 MER landed this week with some more changes to data formatting.

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There is some extraneous data in some of the .csv files and some new HTML versions of the charts in the mix now.  The latter are kind of cool as you can mouse over to see data broken out, but I can’t embed them in my posts, so they are not that much use except for data extraction, and we need them for that because CCP appears dead set against giving us the new mining data in .csv format.  (CCP Larrikin did respond in /r/eve about the changing data formats (scroll down to the next message), but nothing about the lack of raw data to go with the pretty new HTML charts.)

Production

January saw production rise from 109 trillion ISK in value in December to 130 trillion ISK in value in January according to the regional data.

Jan 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

Unfortunately, there is a pretty wide discrepancy between the regional data and the data provided that is used to create the chart above, which shows production, destruction, and mining value.  That data shows only about 90 trillion ISK in production.

That is still up from the 83 trillion the same data set shows for December, but it still brings into question the consistency of the data provided by CCP.

As for the regional data, if we take that to be the gospel, shows the following topping the production list.

  1. The Forge – 24.69 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 14.6 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 9.29 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 8.46 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 8.27 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Domain – 5.06 trillion (High Sec)
  7. Fade – 4.92 trillion (We Form V0LTA)
  8. Sinq Laison – 4.55 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Heimatar – 3.5 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Malpais – 3.29 trillion (PanFam)

As for why production was up, January did see the Doctor Who event run for most of the month and it required players to produce filaments as part of the event, so I am going to guess that was a part of the jump.

Destruction

January saw destruction about on par with the December numbers.  The big battle over the loot pinata in R-ARKN in Esoteria didn’t seem to boost the numbers that much, though players stole more than they destroyed.

Overall the regional stats report about 34 trillion ISK destroyed in January, up from 33.25 trillion ISK in December, while the production/destruction/mining data puts destruction at 33.66 trillion ISK, which is about as close as CCP ever comes to reconciling those two tables.

The regional data puts the following regions in the top ten for destruction.

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2 trillion
  2. The Forge – 1.92 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 1.7 trillion
  4. Delve – 1.49 trillion
  5. The Citadel – 1.41 trillion
  6. Esoteria – 1.28 trillion
  7. Pochven – 1.27 trillion
  8. Metropolis – 1.24 trillion
  9. Sinq Laison – 1.11 trillion
  10. Genesis – 1.02 trillion

Trade

Total trade was valued at 623 trillion ISK, up from the 604 trillion ISK number in December though, once again, the Doctor Who event had elements that encouraged players to buy and sell on the market, and it was often necessary early on in the event to buy some of the more rare drops that way, so it no doubt helped move the total up a bit.

The top ten regions were the usual suspects.

  1. The Forge – 450 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 47.33 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 17.78 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Sinq Laison – 16.57 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 15.46 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 10.22 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 8.07 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 7.09 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.21 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.46 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

ISK Faucets

Show me the money.  And there was money flowing into New Eden as usual, as the top of the sinks and faucets chart shows.

Jan 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those like me whose old eyes struggle with tiny print, even when that image is enlarged, the top items are:

  • Commodity – 44.2 trillion
  • Bounty Prizes – 23 trillion
  • Incursion Payouts – 12.5 trillion
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.7 trillion
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 8.7 trillion
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.6 trillion

Commodities are down a bit from December, though up still from November.  But both December and January had events that help feed that number.

The chart of sinks and faucets over time looks like this for January, with a post-event drop off at the end of the month for commodities.

Jan 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

Commodities, broken out into the various flavors.

Jan 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

You can see where the event items get lumped under Overseer Personal Effects, the line that spikes for the events in December and January.

The one that remains interesting to me is the Bounty Encrypted Bones line, which come from both ESS bank thefts and ESS Reserve Bank thefts.  You have to turn them in to an NPC to get your payout, so no doubt some get destroyed on the way, but that line remains somewhat low… maybe 30 billion ISK an increment… relative to the trillions of ISK that were in the reserve banks when CCP put the keys in game last July.  There was talk of big payouts and alliances said they were going to nationalize reserves banks in certain regions.  But six months later things remain a bit dry on that front.  The keys are annoying to acquire, the locations are random when you do, and the payout for a single key is rather small.  Rather than a pipeline of riches it feels more like a soda straw of bonds being siphoned off.

And then there are the bounties, which in the regional stats add up to a total of 30.67 trillion ISK, but 32.7 trillion ISK in the cropped chart at the top when you add bounties and ESS payouts.  Some day this will all add up on different charts, but today is not that day.

The top regions for bounties according to the regional stats were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.37 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 2.02 trillion (PanFam)
  3. Delve – 1.85 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Fountain – 1.66 trillion (Imperium)
  5. Malpais – 1.06 trillion (PanFam)
  6. Querious – 982 billion (Imperium)
  7. Tribute – 940 billion (Fraternity)
  8. Oasa – 939 billion (Fraternity)
  9. Insmother – 925 billion (FI.RE)
  10. Catch – 912 billion (Imperium/Others)

Again, some of the usual suspects as Fraternity, PanFam, and the Imperium work to fatten up their ISK reserves in this time of relative peace.

Mining and Mining Related Things

The part of the MER that has gotten more complicated, the place where some data in .csv files would go a long way towards making analysis easier.

To start with, we still have the ISK value of mined materials in the production/destruction/mined chart up at the top of the post.  That totals out to 32.84 trillion ISK.

But we also have a new chart with the MER that shows the ISK values for various stats per region, which mostly matches the regional stat data in the .csv file, but which also includes mining value as well, something no longer in the .csv file.

Jan 2022 – Summary of Regional Stats

If you expand that image to full size and tally up the values shown for mining, you get 27.79 trillion ISK, if I have added it up correctly.  That is about a 5 trillion ISK gap, and I would tend to favor the value from the new chart, since that would seem to be one drawing from new data sources as CCP Larrikin mentioned.

That is also kind of a low number.  Not as bad as the 16.48 trillion ISK in the first version of the December MER that CCP subsequently replaced, but still a good 10 trillion ISK shy of the November number, which again makes one wonder about the mining changes and the alleged prosperity we’re supposed to be reaping.

There is also another new chart that ranks the regions by value.

Jan 2022 – Mining Value by Region

That lines up with the other new chart, and gives another digit of precision, so we can get a top ten out of that pretty easily.

  1. Delve – 1.94 trillion (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 1.35 trillion (Fraternity)
  3. The Forge – 1.04 trillion (High Sec)
  4. Metropolis – 1.02 trillion (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 958 billion (High Sec)
  6. Outer Passage – 946 billion (TEST)
  7. Malpais – 891 billion (PanFam)
  8. Fountain – 834 billion (Imperium)
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 797 billion (PanFam)
  10. Etherium Reach – 761 billion (PanFam)

Save for Delve, those are all down noticeably from the pre-patch numbers in November.

And then there are the new numbers, which are by volume and which do not come with data broken out in a .csv file.  I don’t have the patience to go through all the regions, one by one, in the HTML version to get a tally.  I need to get some sleep at night.  But I did grab the top ten regions for each output.

First there is Asteroid Mining.

  1. Sinq Laison – 2.66 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. Metropolis – 2.24 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Lonetrek – 2.18 billion m3 (High Sec)
  4. Heimatar – 2.02 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 2.00 billion m3 (High Sec)
  6. The Forge – 1.99 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Delve – 1.80 billion m3 (Imperium)
  8. The Citadel – 1.40 billion m3 (High Sec)
  9. Tash-Murkon – 1.39 billion m3 (High Sec)
  10. Essence – 1.18 billion m3 (High Sec)

That is looking like a high sec focused list, with only Delve making the cut outside of safe empire space.

Over time Asteroid mining looks like:

Jan 2022 – Asteroid mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

The volume is up a bit, but that waste mark at the bottom starting in December shows how much is just falling by the wayside.

For gas harvesting the top ten regions by volume were:

  1. Aridia – 15.60 million m3 (Low Sec)
  2. Placid – 15.28 million m3 (Low Sec)
  3. Delve – 14.77 million m3 (Imperium)
  4. Lonetrek – 14.54 million m3 (High Sec)
  5. The Forge – 13.60 million m3 (High Sec)
  6. Vale of the Silent – 12.54 million m3 (Fraternity)
  7. Outer Ring – 11.37 million m3 (NPC Null Sec)
  8. Curse – 10.40 million m3 (NPC Null Sec)
  9. Solitude – 10.31 million m3 (High/Low Sec)
  10. Fountain – 8.90 million m3 (Imperium)

That is more of a mix of regions, with high, low, and null sec all on the list.  It is nice to see low sec at the top of a chart now and then.

Gas mining over time looks like:

Jan 2022 – Gas mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

What that chart shows is that maybe CCP needs to make wormhole space a region by itself for these charts, as it gets completely missed in the regional listing.  The violet color is wormhole space, and it is clearly the gas huffing center of New Eden.

As mentioned last month, gas got a boost back in April with the industry revamp, which explains that spike.

For ice mining the top regions were:

  1. Metropolis – 3.30 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. The Forge – 2.95 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Delve – 2.71 billion m3 (Imperium)
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.64 billion (Fraternity)
  5. Domain – 1.64 billion m3 (High Sec)
  6. Lonetrek – 1.57 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Everyshore – 1.56 billion m3 (High Sec)
  8. Kador – 1.28 billion m3 (High Sec)
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.02 billion m3 (PanFam)
  10. Tash-Murkon – 834 million m3 (High Sec)

This is more of a mix of high sec and some key null sec regions.  Ice over time looks like:

Jan 2022 – Ice mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

Ice volume continues to trend up.  As with the gas chart, there is a spike on the ice chart, this time in September, which is related to CCP increasing ice availability after the jump fuel crisis at the end of World War Bee when suddenly thousands of capital ships needed to travel across New Eden.

Finally there is moon mining, and the top ten regions for that:

  1. Delve – 5.09 billion m3 (Imperium)
  2. Domain – 3.26 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 3.00 billion m3 (Fraternity)
  4. The Forge – 2.16 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Outer Passage – 2.01 billion m3 (TEST)
  6. Insmother – 1.93 billion m3 (FI.RE)
  7. Metropolis – 1.83 billion m3 (High Sec)
  8. Kador – 1.81 billion (High Sec)
  9. Genesis – 1.75 billion (High Sec)
  10. Querious – 1.53 billion m3 (Imperium)

The surprise there isn’t that Delve is on top… busy bees are mining day and night… but that so many primarily high sec regions made the cut.  Granted, they all have some low sec systems, where moon mining can take place, but otherwise such mining is only allowed in 0.5 security status systems.

Moon mining over time looks like:

Jan 2022 – Moon mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

That chart shows that a) there are clearly some mining operations on the same cycle causing those regular spikes and b) low sec doesn’t really enter into it as the vast majority of moon mining is null sec and high sec.

And so it goes.  Anyway, as I always mention, these charts and many more are available with the download package that is part of the MER blog post.

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