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The EVE Online November and December 2021 Monthly Economic Reports, Technical Difficulties, and Mining Data Changes

We got a double tap of Monthly Economic Reports from CCP, with the long overdue November MER and the December MER both landing the week before last.

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The delay was blamed on “technical difficulties,” though that seemed to apply mostly to the December MER.  I am not sure what went wrong with November.

As for the December MER issues, those were around the mining yield, no doubt due to the changes that were part of the big New Dawn permanent austerity plan.

As I noted on the previous Friday Bullet Points post, CCP disavowed the mining numbers in the original December MER, which showed a huge drop in mining output since the patch, put up a chart without any data that showed mining was actually up, then promised to revise the December MER.

I will give them credit in that they did, in fact, publish a revised December MER.  What it tells us… well… I will get to that in the mining section, where I will review November, the original December numbers, and what CCP has given us since.  I’ll save that for last, since that is where things go off the rails.

Production

Dec 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

Production remains well below where it sat before industry changes made battleships and capital hulls much more expensive to produce.  CCP Ratatti remained confident at the “No Question Taken” Q&A stream after the tepid Winter Update that players would fall into line eventually.

Production in November rang in at 90.4 trillion ISK in value, about where it was in October, with the following regions in the top ten producers:

  1. The Forge – 17.15 trillion
  2. Delve – 9.55 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 6.3 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 6 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 4.82 trillion
  6. Fade – 3.58 trillion
  7. Sinq Laison – 3.55 trillion
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 3.1 trillion
  9. Domain – 3.03 trillion
  10. Placid – 2.28 trillion

December actually saw a bit of an uptick in production, coming in at 109.19 trillion ISK in value, though there were new blueprints and new modules to research and produce as part of the New Dawn “prosperity” patch.

  1. The Forge – 19.61 trillion
  2. Delve – 13.51 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 7.65 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 7.2 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 7.12 trillion
  6. Fade – 3.73 trillion
  7. Sinq Laison – 3.69 trillion
  8. Domain – 3.27 trillion
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 3.18 trillion
  10. Heimatar – 2.87 trillion

In addition, the Imperium also had an expensive new homeland defense fleet doctrine announced anchored on black ops battleships, so there was a ramp up in producing those, which no doubt had some impact.  I’ll probably return to the doctrine in another post as I bought one of those ships myself.

There was also the Winter Nexus event in play during the holidays, which tends to see a rise in player presence in the game.

Destruction

As always, the life’s blood of New Eden, the thing that keeps the economy alive and pumping out replacement ships and modules.

November saw 31.44 trillion ISK in destruction recorded, about on par with October, with the following regions in the top ten:

  1. The Forge – 1.97 trillion
  2. The Citadel – 1.46 trillion
  3. Pochven – 1.31 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 1.25 trillion
  5. Pure Blind – 1.22 trillion
  6. Delve – 1.11 trillion
  7. Vale of the Silent – 1.05 trillion
  8. Metropolis – 1.02 trillion
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 963 billion
  10. Sinq Laison – 909 billion

December saw destruction rise slightly to 33.2 trillion ISK in value, with the top regions being:

  1. The Forge – 2.17 trillion
  2. Lonetrek – 1.76 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 1.65 trillion
  4. Pochven – 1.41 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.31 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 1.08 trillion
  7. Delve – 1.08 trillion
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.03 trillion
  9. Metropolis – 990 billion
  10. Pure Blind – 910 billion

Regions surrounding Jita, along with Pochven, seem to be holding on to the top spots.

Trade

In November trade in New Eden was valued at 562 trillion ISK in value, down about 30 trillion ISK from the October number, which in turn was down about 16 trillion ISK from September, a post war trend where reduced destruction, increased prices, and CCP imposed scarcity continue make their combined weight felt.

The top ten regions were mostly the usual suspects:

  1. The Forge – 408.56 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 43.03 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Delve – 17.67 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Sinq Laison – 14.65 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Lonetrek – 14.17 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 9.22 trillion(Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 6.90 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 6.43 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Insmother – 4.27 trillion (FI.RE)
  10. Vale of the Silent – 4.08 trillion (Fraternity)

December saw a reversal of the downward trend as players join in on the Winter Nexus, which injected quite a bit of ISK into the economy, as we’ll see in a moment.  So the total trade amount went up by 42 trillion ISK from November, totaling 604 trillion ISK in value, putting it about on par with the September number.

Again, the usual suspects inhabit the list, though there is always one wildcard region:

  1. The Forge – 428 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 49 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 18.7 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Delve – 16.87 trillion (Imperium)
  5. Sinq Laison – 16.06 trillion (Dodixie)
  6. Metropolis – 10.21 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.45 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 6.54 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.16 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.62 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

ISK Faucets

Time for two months worth of money talk… that means clips from two charts before I get going.

Nov 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

Dec 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

Once again, a curse on whoever made those charts with such tiny text.

But for the two months the big numbers, in trillions of ISK, were

  • November
    • Commodity – 38.6
    • Bounty Prizes – 22
    • Incursion Payouts – 12.2
    • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.4
    • Trig Invasion Payouts – 7.6
    • Agent Mission Rewards 3.1
  • December
    • Commodity – 46.7
    • Bounty Prizes – 24.7
    • Incursion Payouts – 13.2
    • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.2
    • Trig Invasion Payouts – 8.6
    • Agent Mission Rewards 3.1

That adds on to the sinks and faucets over time chart for December.

Dec 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

There you can see the effect of the Winter Nexus event as commodity payouts went up by about 8 trillion ISK in December.  With the commodity faucet chart below you can see that the Overseer Personal Effects were dropping from the event, so those became the top commodity in December.

Dec 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

I expect that, come the January MER, should we get one, that commodities will be boosted once again, this time by the Doctor Who cross over event which, among other things, drops items you can turn in for ISK.

Meanwhile, on the NPC bounties front, November saw a total 29.28 trillion ISK paid out according to the regional stats, which are again not in alignment with the faucets numbers up above.  Missing regions from the data?  Maybe.  The top regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.22 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.88 trillion (Imperium)
  3. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.60 trillion (PanFam)
  4. Fountain – 1.49 trillion (Imperium)
  5. Detorid – 986 billion (FI.RE)
  6. Esoteria – 970 billion (AOM)
  7. Outer Passage – 891 billion (TEST)
  8. Malpais – 887 billion (PanFam)
  9. Oasa – 886 billion (Fraternity)
  10. Querious – 847 billion (Imperium)

December saw the NPC bounty payouts rise slightly to 30.09 trillion ISK, though again the regional stats are not aligned with the faucets listing above.  The top regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.17 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.77 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Fountain – 1.56 trillion (Imperium)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.35 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Tribute – 1.05 trillion (Fraternity)
  6. Malpais – 1.01 trillion (PanFam)
  7. Catch – 921 billion (Imperium/Others)
  8. Oasa – 919 billion (Fraternity)
  9. Querious – 918 billion (Imperium)
  10. Outer Passage – 811 billion (TEST)

We have a series of usual suspects here as well now I suppose.  Vale and Delve have been vying for supremacy for a while now, but there are some other regions in the running.

Mining

As noted above, I saved mining for last because it is the most complicated this time around.

Just for openers, CCP seems to have dropped the short term economic indices chart, which was a bit more granular, so I will swap to the all time chart, which at least gives a historical perspective.

Dec 2021 – Economic Indices

As you can see, mineral prices, while down from their peak, remain at an all time high thanks to scarcity.

And, when it came to mining, November was a normal month… well, a month in what had become normal with minerals being reduced by 90% over the last year.  37.77 trillion ISK in mineral value was mined, with the top regions being:

  1. Delve – 1.99 trillion (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 1.93 trillion (Fraternity)
  3. Fountain – 1.52 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Insmother – 1.42 trillion (FI.RE)
  5. Detorid – 1.18 trillion (FI.RE)
  6. Malpais – 1.06 trillion (PanFam)
  7. Etherium Reach – 1.03 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Providence – 980 billion (somebody lives there I guess)
  9. The Forge – 961 billion (High Sec)
  10. Genesis – 935 billion (High Sec)

Then came December and the imposition of the New Dawn permenant austerity plan, and things start to get screwy.

First, the original December MER.

The regional stats showed that a mere 16.48 trillion ISK in value was mined in December, less than half of November’s total, with the top regions looking like:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 853 billion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 849 billion (Imperium)
  3. Fountain – 810 billion (Imperium)
  4. Outer Passage – 652 billion (TEST)
  5. The Forge – 651 billion (High Sec)
  6. Malpais – 648 billion (PanFam)
  7. Metropolis 546 billion (High Sec)
  8. Domain 545 billion (High Sec)
  9. Querious – 476 billion (Imperium)
  10. The Kalevala Expanse – 461 billion (PanFam)

Not a single region with over a trillion ISK mined, something of a milestone.

However, then there is the mined/produced/destroyed data, which is used to generate that chart I use every month to look at production.  That data says that 27.55 trillion ISK in mineral value was mined in December.

Quite a disparity.  There are a couple regions missing from the December regional data, but that would not come close to explaining over ten trillion ISK worth of mining output.  Could it have been the new waste mechanic in action already?  If so, it was a bigger nerf than expected.

People pointed this out to CCP as proof that the New Dawn continuing austerity plan was killing off mining.  The CCP response was surprise… because they never check the data before they post it… and then denial.  A chart was posted in the MER discussion thread to show that mining was in fact up, though what the chart actually represented was unclear and no underlying data was included.

CCP says mining was great in December

Then last Thursday we got the updated December MER and… well… some things changed and some things did not.  The mined/produced/destroyed chart and data were unchanged, still indicating that 27.55 trillion ISK in mining was done in December.

But there were some new, more granular charts.  Per the update:

The Mining Value by Region data has been replaced by eight new graphs showing Asteroid Ore, Moon Ore, Ice, and Gas Volumes mined – as well as the residue numbers. You can expect this information for all future Economic Reports.

My first thought was that this was going to turn this into an apples vs. oranges comparison where CCP could claim whatever they wanted.  But at least we were getting some new data to work with.  Or so I hoped.

However, the result was different than I had expected.  As part of the mining report change they altered the new charts so that they are measured solely in cubic meters mined.  Apples, meet oranges.

Now, I will say that makes some sense when compared to the ISK value previously used, which had to reflect both volume and price fluctuations.  However, it makes every cubic meter or ore mined equal to every other, regardless of value.  It also really draws a hard line in comparisons; there is what came before December and then there is everything going forward from December, and the two cannot really be compared because CCP says the old data is bad and measures the new data differently.

Also, the new data, sticking to the usual CCP script, is missing some regions.  I’m sure somebody must be mining at least one moon in Omist, while the list of regions for gas mining seems noticeably shorter than its sibling graphs.  And this is supposed to be the “good” data that CCP tells us they work with.

Also, as a further kick in the nuts, CCP did not include the raw data used to create these charts, so I had to pick the data out of the HTML versions.  It also makes getting overall totals quite arduous when compared to just summing up a column in a spreadsheet.  But that is the way that CCP wants it.

So now we have the following charts for December.

First there is asteroid mining by region.

Dec 2021 – Asteroid mining by region by volume mined

The top ten regions for asteroid mining:

  1. Sinq Laison – 2.47 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. Metropolis – 2.14 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Lonetrek – 2.03 billion m3 (High Sec)
  4. The Forge – 2.00 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 1.67 billion m3 (High Sec)
  6. Heimatar – 1.64 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Delve – 1.63 billion m3 (Imperium)
  8. Tash-Murkon – 1.35 billion m3 (High Sec)
  9. The Citadel – 1.28 billion m3 (High Sec)
  10. Essence – 1.18 billion m3 (High Sec)

Nine of the top ten regions are in high sec, but since CCP took away all the asteroid belts in null sec, Delve made the cut on mining anomalies I guess.  Otherwise, that is just a thing mostly done in high sec.

Then there is asteroid mining over time.

Dec 2021 – Asteroid mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

First, the chart only goes back 12 months, so doesn’t provide as much insight as one might hope.  That puts the data set mid-mining nerfs and in the middle of a null sec war over one of the otherwise most active economic regions, Delve.

Also, it isn’t shaping up to be a big increase in mining overall since the patch.  Yes, some more mining was clearly done, but most of the increase went into residue, or waste as it ought to be called.

Then we have gas mining by region:

Dec 2021 – Gas mining by region by volume mined

This is more mixed, with null sec, low sec, and high sec regions in the top ten.

  1. Delve – 12.68 million m3 (Imperium)
  2. Aridia – 11.40 million m3 (Low Sec)
  3. Fountain – 10.46 million m3 (Imperium)
  4. Placid – 10.37 million m3 (Low Sec)
  5. The Forge – 9.72 million m3 (High Sec)
  6. Lonetrek – 9.44 million m3 (High Sec)
  7. Vale of the Silent – 9.00 million m3 (Fraternity)
  8. Solitude – 8.63 million m3 (High/Low Sec)
  9. Cloud Ring – 7.94 million m3 (Misc Null Sec)
  10. Derelik – 7.03 million m3 (High/Low Sec)

Overall gas mining over time shows.

Dec 2021 – Gas mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

There is a spike in April as new gas mining options appeared and were part of the requirements for building battleships and capital ships.  Once again, the volume does not appear to be up that much in December unless you allow for the wasted effort of residue indicated at the bottom of the chart.

Then there is ice mining by region.

Dec 2021 – Ice mining by region by volume mined

The mix in the top ten is high and null sec regions, with the top ten being:

  1. Metropolis – 2.48 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. The Forge – 2.42 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Delve – 2.34 billion m3 (Imperium)
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.75 billion (Fraternity)
  5. Domain – 1.21 billion m3 (High Sec)
  6. Lonetrek – 1.21 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Fountain – 1.20 billion m3 (Imperium)
  8. Kador – 938 million m3 (High Sec)
  9. The Citadel – 676 million m3 (High Sec)
  10. Malpais – 631 million m3 (PanFam)

Overall ice mining over time shows the following.

Dec 2021 – Ice mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

September was when CCP put ice back in belts… which was timely because there was a huge capital fuel bind as thousands of capital ships were convoying home as World War Bee ended.  Again, December doesn’t look exceptionally up from November, and is weighed down by the amount of waste being shown.

The big dip at the start of December is said to be a combo of a problem with ice belts spawning after the patch and the fact that the Winter Nexus event offered ice to mine and was considerably more lucrative than normal belts.  The latter makes me wonder if CCP will attempt to steer the economy via events going forward in order to inject this or that into the economy.  I mean, they have already straight up handed out ISK for a login event when numbers were way down, so why not ice or ore or whatever?

Finally, there is moon mining.

Dec 2021 – Moon mining by region by volume mined

The top ten there were:

  1. Delve – 2.94 billion m3 (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 2.49 billion m3 (Fraternity)
  3. Domain – 2.49 billion m3 (High Sec)
  4. The Forge – 2.02 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Outer Passage – 1.71 billion m3 (TEST)
  6. Fountain – 1.59 billion m3 (Imperium)
  7. Insmother – 1.54 billion m3 (FI,RE)
  8. Querious – 1.45 billion m3 (Imperium)
  9. Kador – 1.37 billion (High Sec)
  10. Genesis – 1.35 billion (High Sec)

Delve and Vale of the Silent are the top two regions, but they are followed by Domain and The Forge, which are both high sec regions, because moon mining is allowed in high sec in systems that have 0.5 security status.

Then there is the overall for moon mining.

Dec 2021 – Moon mining over the last 12 months by volume mined

Now here is the one segment where mining was, in fact, up.  CCP has made a blanket statement that mining was up overall since the patch, but the data they have provided seems more accurately stated as moon mining was up and other areas were reasonably flat since the patch, the wasted effort represented by residue.

Anyway, new charts, new data, and a new year under way.  We’ll see where this goes.

Friday Bullet Points for EVE Online about the CSM, the December MER, and Doctor Who

I am going to have to go back and check, but I think EVE Online has gotten the most Friday Bullet Points entries over the life of this particular feature.  No doubt at some point I’ll be bored and go back and do a summary of these summary posts, but not today.  Today, with the 59th edition of Friday Bullet points, we’ll just go straight to New Eden.

  • Progodlegend Steps Down from the CSM

In a surprise turn yesterday, Progodlegend (PGL) posted an announcement that he would be stepping down from the Council of Stellar Management, EVE Online’s elected player council.  The CSM has seen its share of membership drama, and there was a stretch where somebody got booted by CCP at least once a term.

This time however personal reasons were listed for the departure.  PGL has certainly had a full year.  He and Vily both led TEST into World War Bee and are often seen as the prime instigators of the war.  While the initial stages of the war went fine, the whole thing bogged down into a stalemate for months and led to the PAPI coalition tiring of the whole thing.  As a result TEST lost its old territory in null sec in addition to its captured holdings and ended up having to retreat to Outer Passage in the distant northeast of null sec, as far from the Imperium as they could go.  If you had to pick an alliance that lost the war, TEST would be a prime candidate.

Since then the alliance has struggled to find its way, with some key groups leaving the alliance.  Vily abandoned the alliance to join Pandemic Horde and now PGL is stepping away from the game for a while as well.

As PGL has served most of his term, this cycle will count towards his eligibility if he chooses to run again for CSM17.

Arsia Elkin is the next in line for a seat based on the CSM16 election results, being the final candidate eliminated, and has been brought on board the council.

Coverage:

We should be coming up to the point where we’re talking about the CSM17 elections soon.

  • CCP Disavows the December MER

CCP released the Monthly Economic Reports for November and December this week, claiming that technical issues had delayed them.

The MER is this odd labor of CCP, where they care enough to post it every month, but don’t care enough to check it for errors before they do so.  So there are issues almost every month.  Often whole regions are missing from the regional data.

While the November MER had the usual spate of issues, the December MER was problematic enough for CCP to actually sit up and take notice after many complaints.

December 7th saw the imposition of the New Dawn Quadrant permanent scarcity plan mining changes… the economic beatings will continue until morale improves… so many eyes were on it to see just what impact the update would have.

The December MER, as published, showed an almost catastrophic drop in mining done in New Eden, undermining CCP’s “prosperity” promises yet again.  Again, I am not sure why CCP doesn’t even glance at the MER before they post it, but now they are promising an updated version.

Just a quick MER update!

The Mining Values in the December MER are inaccurate. Attached is a graph comparing Volume of Ore mined – that is ore that is successfully mined (aka after residue). Intentionally absent is the Winter Nexus Event Ice, so that a proper comparison can be made to previous months.

The teams are looking at what caused the issue for the December MER Mining Values and will have an updated MER with more accurate information as soon as it is available.

Included with that note was a graph showing mining was up in December, though no data or further context was provided.

CCP says mining was great in December

CCP’s performance on the economy and absolute determination to implement their plan while ignoring any feedback has led to mistrust on the part of many players.  We will see if we actually do get an updated MER.  CCP’s track record on that is fairly unsubstantial as well… I think they have done so once, and only because they included the wrong month’s graphs in the archive.

  • Updates for the Interstellar Convergence

The Doctor Who / EVE Online crossover event, the Interstellar Convergence, kicked off yesterday.

I actually got out there right away and… the going was a bit rough.  The event sites, which you need to scan down, were fairly rare on the ground and people were tackling those that appeared rapidly.  Since components and blueprints from these sites are required in order to advance into the event… as well as being part of the event that new players can access… their scarcity seemed like an odd design choice. (So does making new players learn how to probe down sites, but that is another story.)

I did manage to get a couple of blueprint drops and was able to get into the next level of the event twice.  It was very pretty, if elusive.

Out in one of the second level sites in my Heron

In addition, while I managed to grab three blueprints for the filament that brings players to the third round of the event, I was not able to manufacture any because the drop rate for one of the components, the Strange Matter Component Y-79, was so low as to make them almost unobtainable.  I say “almost” because somebody was finding them now and then, and they were going for a mint on the market in Jita.  I declined to spend a few hundred million ISK on the filament.

However, today’s patch notes promises some relief for those attempting to participate in the event.

  • Small miscellaneous balance updates have been implemented for the Interstellar Convergence combat filament encounters.
  • Improved the text describing the difficulty levels in the Show Info descriptions of the Warp Matrix Filaments.
  • Increased the spawn rates of the Warp Matrix Convergence relic signature for the weekend to help accommodate the initial rush in the event.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Strange Matter Component Y-79 drop rate to be far too low, causing bottlenecks in Warp Matrix Filament manufacturing.

As always, we hope today will be better than yesterday, and tomorrow better still.  I just hope they are not in a hurry to dial back the relic sites too quickly.  If you want new players in that part of the event, making them a pain to even find does not seem to be a winning strategy.

Then again, making them more available might not be representative of the reality of the game.

Vale of the Silent Leads Null Sec in the October EVE Online Monthly Economic Report

The Monthly Economic Report for October dropped last week and, while Delve is back near the top of the charts for economic activity in null sec, the Imperium’s recovery is still lagging behind Fraternity’s economic efforts in its main region.

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So we might as well get right into the numbers.

Mining

In September we saw Genesis at the top of the chart with 2.15 trillion ISK mined.  The region is made up of both high and low sec empire space, and it vaulted to the number one spot with a combo of high sec mining along with Dock Workers attempting to set up a low sec mining operation.

October changed the picture, with the top ten regions being:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.67 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 2.11 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Branch – 1.96 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Etherium Reach – 1.80 trillion (Pan Fam)
  5. Fountain – 1.51 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Querious – 1.37 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Catch – 1.36 trillion (Imperium & neutrals)
  8. Outer Passage – 1.29 trillion (TEST)
  9. Malpais – 1.27 trillion (Pan Fam)
  10. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.21 trillion (Pan Fam)

It looks like the Dock Workers plans fell through, and for the first time in a long stretch null sec again occupies the top ten slots for mining.  There was a point during the war when high sec completely dominated the list, but the war is clearly over.

Fraternity led the way in Vale of the Silent, which is their primary home region now which, along with Branch mined a combined 4.63 trillion ISK.  While Vale of the Silent eclipsed Delve, overall Imperium mining exceeded 5 trillion ISK in value if we add in a bit from Catch. (4.99 trillion without Catch.)  PanFam pulled a good 4.28 trillion ISK in minerals out of their regions, while TEST, alone in Outer Passage, is trying to crank up to recover from its complete defeat in World War Bee with 1.29 trillion ISK mined.

Overall mining output in October was valued at 45.72 trillion ISK, up more than 12 trillion ISK from September.  That means the total m3 mined was probably considerably more than the previous month because the price of minerals, and ore has no value aside from what the market is willing to pay, was down a bit in October.

Oct 2021 – Economic Indices

It is possible that we will see the total amount mined go up when we get the November MER next month as people try to grab what they can before the New Dawn “age or prosperity” lands and solidifies the starvation economy with nerfs and time sink mechanics.  There is not much time left to mine with Rorquals.

Or maybe the number will go down if all those people who said they were unsubscribing their Rorqual alts carry through on the threat.  Mineral prices will probably hold or even go up a bit as people stockpile due to uncertainty.

Production

Where mining leads, production follows… sort of… or not really.

Production, which saw a bit of a rise due to the post-war building boom as regions… mostly Imperium… had to be rebuilt, slid back a bit as that tapered off and no large war stepped in to consume ships and materiel.

Oct 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

Capital ships remain too costly to build so few are being risked, and those that do die on the field are being replaced by stocks built before the huge industry nerf hit in April.

Overall production totaled out to 92.59 trillion ISK, down by about 8 trillion from September, with the top ten regions being:

  1. The Forge – 17.54 trillion
  2. Delve – 8.72 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 6.86 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 6.23 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 5.76 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 3.72 trillion
  7. Fade – 3.67 trillion
  8. Domain – 3.03 trillion
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 2.74 trillion
  10. Malpais – 2.43 trillion

The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel are always the big three as they all serve the Jita market.  Delve remained strong, though it was down from more than 11 trillion ISK last month.

Destruction

Destruction drives production, but while production was down, destruction remain flat, totaling up to about 31.78 trillion ISK, close to the 31.41 trillion ISK destroyed in September.  That likely means that the decline in production was more about the post-war building boom fading than the lack of a serious war.

The top ten regions for destruction were:

  1. The Forge – 2.04 trillion
  2. The Citadel – 1.65 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 1.49 trillion
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.31 trillion
  5. Delve – 1.21 trillion
  6. Pochven – 1.11 trillion
  7. Metropolis – 1.04 trillion
  8. Genesis – 993 billion
  9. Pure Blind – 987 billion
  10. Sinq Laison – 950 billion

The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel are big in production and destruction as traffic to and from Jita provides the most lucrative targets for suicide gankers.

Trade

Trade totaled up to 591.65 trillion ISK in value, down about 16 trillion from September, which isn’t a huge drop.  The top ten regions for trade were:

  1. The Forge – 436.66 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 43.21 trillion (Amarrr)
  3. Delve – 15.30 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Sinq Laison – 15.07 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Lonetrek – 15.07 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 8.83 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.74 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 6.27 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 4.53 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.04 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

Those are the same ten regions, in the same order, as last month.  Trade hubs and large coalitions will tend to dominate this list, though Jita alone is more than 70% of the total.  I do still wonder what is driving trade in Essence.  It isn’t a region I know.

ISK Faucets

And, finally, the “show me the money” part of the summary, though some of the “show” part requires me to put on my glasses because the charts are in tiny eye-strain inducing font sizes.

The cropped off top of the big sinks and faucets chart shows commodities still at the top of the list.

Oct 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

That shows commodities ringing in at 35.2 trillion ISK, while Bounty Prizes and ESS payouts combined add up to 31 trillion ISK.  Bounties are catching up again.  Then there are incursions and Triglavian invasions, which add up to 21.9 trillion ISK.

Here is the chart of the top ten sinks and faucets over time.

Oct 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

You can see… if you click on it to see it full size… that the commodity line tends to be some what bursty, which is probably due to the nature of the rewards, which have to be brought to an NPC station in empire space to be converted into ISK.  Bounties tend to be smoother over time, only changing rapidly due to CCP intervention (you can see the blackout dip and where the ESS system was made mandatory), and a few peaks that probably related to wars, but otherwise it tends to be smoother on a day to day basis.

The other line of interest on the chart is the transaction tax, which got a huge spike after a three month tax holiday.  CCP changed around the tax structure so now broker’s fees, the bit that players can collect in player controlled stations, are lower while the transaction tax, which is a sink everywhere, is much higher.  More of CCP trying to fix the economy, though in a more benign way in this case.  Making the Tranquility Trading Tower such a lucrative enterprise was probably a mistake on CCP’s part.

On the commodities front, Sleeper drops from wormhole ratting remain the top commodity.

Oct 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Then, for NPC bounties, the top regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.15 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.72 trillion (Imperium)
  3. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.53 trillion (PanFam)
  4. Fountain – 1.31 trillion (Imperium)
  5. Outer Passage – 1.15 trillion (Fraternity)
  6. Malpais – 991 billion (PanFam)
  7. Esoteria – 978 billion (Army of Mango)
  8. Querious – 976 billion (Imperium)
  9. Oasa – 932 billion (Fraternity)
  10. Insmother – 901 billion (FI.RE)

Vale of the Silent took first place in both mining and ratting this month, but that was mostly due to activity dropping in Delve, which had 2.22 trillion ISK in September, than from any increase from Fraternity.

The regional data shows a total of 29.64 trillion ISK gained from bounties and ESS payouts, which is close to, but not the same as, the 31 trillion the sinks and faucets chart and data shows, and I don’t think we were even mission a region in the data this month.  Either way, that is pretty close to what is was in September.

And so it goes, another month in New Eden.

As usual you can find this information and more by downloading the raw data and charts from the MER dev blog.

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The September MER Shows EVE Online in a Post War Mining Boom

CCP was out early this month, getting the September MER posted before the end of the first full week.

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Unfortunately we have another MER with a missing region, and I don’t just mean Pochven, which has yet to make the cut.  This time around Period Basis did not get included.  Regions have gone missing in the report in the past and that is apparently a small enough error in CCP’s eyes that they won’t bother with a revision.  Period Basis isn’t a huge region, so its absence won’t tilt the numbers dramatically.  Just know that it isn’t there.

Mining

I expect that we will see Delve in the top five for September and that overall mining value will go up with the changes we saw in last week’s update, where ice availability was doubled and Mercoxit spawns were increased.

-From my August MER Review

I made that minor prediction last month and it seems to have come to pass.  It is nice to be right now and then, even with a gimme prediction.

Overall mining output jumped from 21.95 trillion ISK value mined in August to 32.77 trillion ISK value mined in September.

When it comes to the most productive regions, Delve did indeed bubble up into the top five as expected, landing in the number two position.

  1. Genesis – 2.15 trillion
  2. Delve – 1.80 trillion
  3. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.69 trillion
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.51 trillion
  5. Fountain – 1.39 trillion
  6. The Forge – 1.38 trillion
  7. Metropolis – 1.11 trillion
  8. Domain – 1.07 trillion
  9. Malpais – 908 billion
  10. Syndicate – 874 billion

The odd one on the list is Genesis, an empire region with a mix of high and low sec systems.  According to Reddit, Dock Workers and some allies are setting up a mining empire there.  But overall null sec regions now represent half the list, a change from June 2020 after the big mining nerf, when 9 of the 10 top regions were high sec.

Meanwhile, mineral prices kept to their decline, no doubt helps along with the boost in Mercoxit spawns which should have helped the morphite shortage.

Sep 2021 – Economic Indices

Since the value of minerals mined is a function of the market price, 30 trillion ISK in ore mined in September is still less ore than 30 trillion ISK mined two years back when the price was very low.  We will see if the increased output can keep pace with the falling prices.

Production

Things still have not kicked up much on the production front since the big industry changes back in April.  It still doesn’t make sense to produce many of the ships whose requirements were changed, capital ships especially, so most people are getting by on what they had before the update.

September 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

There was a bit of a post-change surge as it looked like there was going to be an epic end battle to the war, and that has carried on somewhat with the Imperium rebuilding its regions while Brave and TEST try to settle down into new space far from Delve.

CCP showed production value overall at 101.98 trillion ISK, up about 5 trillion over August.  I expect that might settle down a bit once the post-war rebuilding effort cools off.

The top regions for production in September were:

  1. The Forge – 19.26 trillion
  2. Delve – 11.47 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 7.44 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 7.38 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 7.28 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 3.95 trillion
  7. Fade – 3.85 trillion
  8. Domain – 3.07 trillion
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 2.99 trillion
  10. Placid – 2.81 trillion

As always, The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel all feed the Jita market and are always in the top five.  Delve was up slightly in amount, but otherwise stuck in second place due to the rebuilding effort in the region.

Destruction

The was was over in August, but there was still plenty of cleanup work going on… I was on two Keepstar kills in September… the war was mostly over and so the destruction level started to trend down a bit, dropping to 31.41 trillion ISK, about 5 trillion down from August.  The top regions were:

  1. The Citadel – 2.01 trillion
  2. Vale of the Silent – 1.74 trillion
  3. The Forge – 1.66 trillion
  4. Delve – 1.35 trillion
  5. Metropolis – 1.34 trillion
  6. Lonetrek – 1.31 trillion
  7. Genesis – 1.09 trillion
  8. Esoteria – 1.07 trillion
  9. Sinq Laison – 1.04 trillion
  10. Geminate – 995 billion

The Citadel is up top, being home to Uedama, the favored ganking choke point in high sec since the Trigalvians took Niarja away from us last year.  It is the place where Catalyst destroyers blow up.

MiniLuv keeps itself busy.

Vale of the Silent is home to a low grade conflict, while The Forge was more ganks.

Delve is on the list, mostly due to remaining clean up and an opportunistic period during the rebuild.  You have to hold the ihub in a system for 35 days before you can start putting up Ansiblex jump gates.  Once up, travel becomes considerably safer.  During the wait for that a few groups took advantage of people gating for travel and got in some kills.

Trade

ISK keeps New Eden going, but trade was down a bit in September, ringing in at a 607 trillion ISK total, down  40 trillion from August.  The top regions for trade were:

  1. The Forge – 449 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 43.55 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Delve – 16.73 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Sinq Laison – 15 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Lonetrek – 14.74 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 9.27 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.34 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 6.21 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 4.98 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.34 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

Those are the same ten regions in the same order as August, so things have carried on as before.  Some were down a bit, a few were up, but it was mostly the same.

ISK Faucets

And then there is where the money all comes from.

Sep 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

That is hard to read, I know, even if you view it full size.  Somebody at CCP has much better eyes than mine if they’re making charts with such tiny print.

But the current order of things stayed about the same in September, with commodities remaining the top faucet, bringing in 35.7 trillion ISK.  NPC bounties and ESS payouts combined stayed about the same as last month, ringing in at 29.47 trillion ISK.  I suspect the Period Basis numbers would have bumped that up a bit more.

Sep 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

Going into September NPC bounties and commodities were running neck and neck, and then CCP had an in-game event and commodities saw a spike as people turned in their drops.

Missing from that top ten chart are Redeemed ISK Tokens, which saw a huge spike previously, enough for that to break into the chart, knocking blueprints off the list.  Well, now that most people have redeemed their tokens, it is off and blueprints are back on.  I guess that means the chart isn’t really the “top ten sinks and faucets over time” but “this months top ten sinks and faucets and their three year history.”

For commodities, you can see how they are broken out on this chart.

Sep 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

The event items fell into the Overseer’s Personal Effects line, boosting that up as the month closed out.  Triglavian Data, which are drops from Abyssal Pockets, fell off a bit during that as people swapped to the more lucrative event path.

As for NPC bounties, Delve continued its come back, topping the list for September.

  1. Delve – 2.22 trillion (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 2.11 trillion (Fraternity)
  3. Outer Passage – 1.45 trillion (TEST)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.39 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Fountain – 1.34 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Malpais – 1.06 trillion (PanFam)
  7. Tenal – 956 billion (Fraternity)
  8. Querious – 951 billion (Imperium)
  9. Oasa – 911 billion (Fraternity)
  10. Tribute – 891 billion (Fraternity)

The null sec blocs are back to crabbing to prepare for the next big war.  It is the necessary prerequisite if your going to burn trillions of ISK a month in a campaign.

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The August MER and the End of the War in EVE Online

Time once again for a look at the New Eden economy as CCP posted the August monthly economic report for EVE Online late last week.

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August saw the end of World War Bee.  After the great PAPI summer lull, when the told line members to take some time off and we saw daily activity follow them out of the game, the coalition announced a final push against the Imperium, threw some subcaps against 1DQ1-A, then promptly began their retreat from Delve.

From there it was a time to clean up and return to normalcy, or something like it.  So let’s go through the usual categories and see what happened in August.

Destruction

While the final battle in 1DQ1-A resulted in a mere 340 billion ISK in destruction, blowing up the many PAPI structures left over in the region boosted the destroyed amount, putting Delve at the top of the region list once again.

  1. Delve – 4.27 trillion
  2. The Forge – 2.33 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 2.12 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 2.08 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.42 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 1.37 trillion
  7. Querious – 1.27 trillion
  8. Catch – 1.1 trillion
  9. Genesis – 1.04 trillion
  10. Metropolis – 905 billion

You can see the effects of some of the clean up in Querious and the cyno beacon trap in Catch that added to the 36 trillion ISK in destruction that took place in August.  That was up 9 trillion from July.  With the war over, I expect we will see that number dip once more with the September MER.

Production

The end of the war saw a bit of a boost in production as well as parties settled down and began rebuilding for the next war.

August 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

You can see the red line pulling upward again after having dropped off in April with the industry changes.  Overall a total of 94 trillion in ISK value was produced, up almost 13 trillion from July.  The top regions were:

  1. The Forge – 18.27 trillion
  2. Delve – 11.38 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 7.08 trillion
  4. Lonetrek 7.04 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 5.27 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 3.81 trillion
  7. Fade – 3.36 trillion
  8. Domain – 3.1 trillion
  9. Placid – 2.77 trillion
  10. The Kalevala Expanse – 2.74 trillion

The regions feeding Jita, The Forge, The Citadel, and Lonetrek, dominate still, but Delve managed to clinch second place as the Imperium ramped up production to rebuild the region shattered by the war.

Mining

Mineral prices changed a bit as the war ended, falling slightly.

Aug 2021 – Economic Indices

That would have seemed like a big change in past eras, but after the starvation spike it feels like a normal fluctuation.  A total of 21.95 trillion in ore was mined, up about 1.5 trillion from July, with the top regions being:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.43 trillion
  2. The Forge – 997 billion
  3. Domain – 979 billion
  4. Metropolis – 800 billion
  5. Fountain – 775 billion
  6. Insmother – 641 billion
  7. Malpais – 576 billion
  8. Lonetrek – 565 billion
  9. Sinq Laison – 538 billion
  10. Deklein – 531 billion

Delve was down in 14th position, which isn’t bad considering the need to install moon mining structures and the need to raise ADMs to get upgrades so that mining anomalies would spawn.  I expect that we will see Delve in the top five for September and that overall mining value will go up with the changes we saw in last week’s update, where ice availability was doubled and Mercoxit spawns were increased.  That is the first step away from CCP’s economic starvation plan.

Trade

The market also saw a jump in August.  I am sure all those players trying to buy fuel to move their capital ships added to that number.  There was a total of 647 trillion in transaction recorded, up from 513 trillion in July.  That is quite a significant rebound.

The top regions were:

  1. The Forge – 471 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 51.36 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Delve – 25.81 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Sinq Laison – 16.15 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Lonetrek – 13.41 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 9.62 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.09 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 5.15 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 4.62 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.21 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

All of those regions, save for Heimatar, were up, with the top three being up significantly as the economy shifted back into gear after the early summer slump.

ISK Faucets

I have left the most interesting for last and we might as well get right to the Redeemed ISK Token entry.  Last month that line on the faucets chart spiked dramatically as CCP handed out 235 million ISK in login rewards to players with Omega accounts.  The main spike finished in August and then fell off as the month carried on.

Aug 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

The sudden prominence of that line last month led some to believe that it only tracked the ISK tokens that were redeemed as part of the login event, myself included.

Following that logic, with the event over and most of the redemption likely concluded, the assumption was that the 25,869,509,165,000.00 ISK that line represented in July and August could be neatly divided by 235 million to give us a minimum number of Omega accounts active in EVE Online.

That gives you a minimum of 110,000 subscribers to the game.

However, nothing is ever that easy.  That Redeemed ISK Token line runs back into 2020 on the chart, and while it isn’t significant amount, it does mean that it isn’t all from that one event.  The Nosy Gamer did some research on that line item.  The upshot is that there are other things that feed into that line.  I pulled the data from the source file in the MER and found that from July 1st through July 26th, that line accounted for close to 20 billion ISK in payouts before the login event occurred.  That isn’t a lot relative to the trillions that the event adds in, but it isn’t nothing either.

Still, that 110,000 floor for subscribers seems to be fairly solid.  While a far cry from the 400K subscriber count the company was reporting in 2012, relative to titles of its age not named World of Warcraft, the game is doing pretty well.  The list of aging MMOs that would like to have 110K paying subscribers is pretty long.

Otherwise the faucets were the usual suspects.

Aug 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

You can see that commodities are still in the top position, with bounty prizes lagging behind as has been the case for the last year or so.  Overall bounties were up by about 4.5 trillion ISK, with a total of 29.14 trillion ISK being collected.  But if you look at the sinks and faucets over time chart above, which shows daily activity, you will see bounties making a surge towards the end of the month as people settled into a more normal peacetime roles.

Tiny little crop

It is very possible, given that trend, that we might see bounties back on top as the primary ISK faucet come September.

As for where bounties are coming from, these were the top ten regions:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.46 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 2.43 trillion (Imperium)
  3. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.47 trillion (PanFam)
  4. Tenal – 1.12 trillion (Fraternity)
  5. Malpais – 1.07 trillion (PanFam)
  6. Insmother – 1.02 trillion (FI.RE)
  7. Esoteria 953 billion (AoM)
  8. Oasa – 940 billion (Fraternity)
  9. Tribute – 908 billion (Fraternity)
  10. Branch – 886 billion (Fraternity)

Fraternity is still leading the way on NPC bounties, but Delve surged back on the list in the the back half of the month as work on raising ADMs continued.  Delve could climb back to the top of the list, though Fraternity’s diverse holdings will likely still add up to more ISK income over time.

And, finally, on the commodities front, one of the big questions was whether or not that estimated 20 trillion ISK sitting in ESS reserve banks would suddenly be let loose on the New Eden economy.  The chart says… not so much.

Aug 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

While looking at the yellow line clearly shows an uptick in redemption of the encrypted bonds that both ESS banks and reserve banks yield when you rob them, relative to other commodities it wasn’t a huge impact.

Of course there have been ongoing issues getting the actual reserve bank keys, the fact that reserve banks have been “nationalized” in a number of regions, and the rather slow payout mechanism involved with robbing reserve banks that keep that number from suddenly jumping into the trillions.

Something to keep an eye on as time goes by.

Other items of note, going back up to the sinks and faucets line chart, you can see the brokers fee and transaction tax changes that CCP put in place reflected in the chart as well as a rise in the asset safety recover tax as people get their stuff out of hock after the war.

That is all I have for August.  As always you can find all the charts and data at the dev blog for the MER.

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The July Monthly Economic Report and the Lull Time in EVE Online

CCP dropped the Monthly Economic Report for July yesterday, a little earlier in the month than usual.  I take this as a further sign that not much goes on at CCP in August, so nobody was too busy elsewhere to run and post the report.

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That they had time to run and post the report early doesn’t mean that we got a better report.  As gets pointed out in the discussion thread about the July MER, there are still issues including the missing Pochven region and data bleed through across months.  But you work with the data you have, not the data you might want.

While August is a lull time for CCP, July saw the big lull in game.  The weekly peak concurrent numbers that I had been tracking since the start of World War Bee were at their lowest as the stalemate in Delve carried on into its third month and PAPI leadership was talking about taking the summer off.

We all know how that turns around in August now.

An interesting side question revolves around the sudden bump in player wealth at the end of July.  Was that the 235 million ISK in login rewards all Omegas got at the end of the month, the effect of people coming back when the final battle of the war suddenly loomed and PAPI was calling people to get re-subscribed, or a bit of both?  Down below we get a number for the login rewards, and it doesn’t seem like enough for that big of a bump.

July 2021 – Money Supply Over Time (with highlight)

But otherwise the MER is, as always, a month behind so we’ll have to just pretend we haven’t skipped ahead to the good part.  (Or the bad part if you were in TEST or Brave.)  Still, you can see the war slipping away in the Delve net imports/exports numbers for June and July

In June the Delve net trade balance was 138 billion ISK in imports, while in July that changed to 4.69 trillion ISK in exports.  That is a lot of stuff leaving the region.  Somebody was on their way out the door early.

Production

The last few months we have been looking at the impact of the industry changes on production in New Eden, so we may as well start there again with the chart and the red line that tracks it.

July 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

As you can see, the slide in production continued into July, then turned around a bit mid-month to start climbing a bit.  It is still well below any recent dip, but there was also the slow down in the war and the decline in active users.  The numbers in the regional stats showed 85.23 trillion ISK in production, which is down about 3.5 trillion from the June number, even though the month saw an increase as it moved into August. (The chart goes to August 9th.)

The top regions for production were:

  1. The Forge – 15.33 trillion
  2. Delve – 9.19 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 6.59 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 6.55 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 4.37 trillion
  6. Fade – 3.91 trillion
  7. Sinq Laison – 3.52 trillion
  8. Domain – 2.83 trillion
  9. Placid – 2.34 trillion
  10. Malpais – 2.22 trillion

Numbers did not change much over the June numbers.  As usual, a lot of the production occurs in the regions adjacent to the Jita trade hub.

Destruction

With the war in a lull the destruction numbers remained flat, ringing in at 27 trillion ISK, down slightly but not a significant amount when compared to June’s 27.65 trillion.

High sec remained to the top of the list when it came to destruction.

  1. Lonetrek – 1.82 trillion
  2. Delve – 1.82 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 1.76 trillion
  4. The Forge – 1.58 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.57 trillion
  6. Metropolis – 952 billion
  7. Querious – 871 billion
  8. Sinq Laison – 813 billion
  9. Domain – 793 billion
  10. Genesis – 746 billion

Delve was in the running, narrowly edged out by Lonetrek, but the three regions around Jita again dominate together, being the prime location for suicide ganks and war targets.

Given what we have seen in August so far, Delve should see a huge uptick in destruction if CCP doesn’t botch the numbers as the did back in December.

Mining

Mineral prices started rising again in July even as production stayed low.  This might be due to mineral bottlenecks in the production cycle.  Some higher end mineral caches have likely been burned through at this point.  I mentioned the morphite crunch last month.

July 2021 – Economic Indices

Mineral prices remain very high despite the drop from the record prices of recent months.

On the supply side, 20.57 trillion ISK in ore was mined in July, down about 4 trillion from the June number.  The top regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.16 trillion
  2. Domain – 1.02 trillion
  3. The Forge – 934 billion
  4. Metropolis – 686 billion
  5. Insmother – 635 billion
  6. Lonetrek – 507 billion
  7. Kador – 499 billion
  8. Etherium Reach – 489 billion
  9. Genesis – 488 billion
  10. Everyshore – 484 billion

High sec space still holds most of the slots, but Fraternity still tops the list in Vale, FI.RE in Insmother, and Slyce, a PanFam ally, in Etherium Reach.  Those are the null sect hot mining spots.

ISK Faucets

There was a new faucet on the chart in July, the “Redeemed ISK Token,” which I assume is the ISK Omega accounts got for the login reward campaign I mentioned at the top of the post.

July 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

You might need to click on that image to bring it to full size in order to read it… I know I have to and the print is pretty tiny even then… but I underlined the new token item, which apparent injected 9.4 trillion ISK in the New Eden economy.

That doesn’t give us the full extent of the login reward largess, since that ran into August, so some people won’t have redeemed all of the 235 million ISK, and some will have left it in the redemption queue, but if everybody happened to collect and redeem in the first five days, that would be about 40,000 Omega accounts.

Put that number as the new floor on how many subscribers there are.  There can’t be less than that and likely much more.  I’ll follow up on that next month.

The redeemed ISK token also appears on the faucets over time chart.

July 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

That dark blue line spikes up pretty hard at the end of the month.  For a short bit of time it was bringing more ISK into the economy that the other faucets.  But it was also a limited time item, a short blip.

Commodities remained the top ISK producer as usual, with incursions in third place.

July 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

As usual, the wormhold crabs brought in the most ISK with Sleeper components.  Abyssal space and incursion rewards were pretty close, while the miscellaneous line must be related to the Minmatar Liberation Day events that showed up in the second week of the month.

As for NPC bounties, those totaled up to 24.74 trillion ISK in value in July, down just 1.5 trillion from June, with the top regions being:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.88 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.09 trillion (PanFam)
  3. Insmother – 1.0 trillion (FI.RE)
  4. Tenal – 995 billion (Fraternity)
  5. Esoteria – 993 billion (Army of Mango)
  6. Tribute – 894 billion (Fraternity)
  7. Branch – 867 billion (Fraternity)
  8. Oasa – 846 billion (Fraternity)
  9. Querious – 831 billion (Brave)
  10. Delve – 828 billion (TEST)

We are back again to null sec taking all ten spots.  Fraternity was especially active, but it has been clear from their position on the war and the TTT that they aim to be a significant null sec power in their own right.  Delve and Querious show that TEST and Brave were really bought into the idea of living in Imperium space, an idea shattered this month by the collapse of the PAPI coalition.

Trade

Finally, there is trade, which was up in July, hitting 513 trillion ISK, up from the 489 trillion ISK in trade that June saw.  The top regions for trade remain as consistent as usual.

  1. The Forge – 370 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 39.75 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Delve – 15.75 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
  4. Sinq Laison – 14.43 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Lonetrek – 12.09 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 10.75 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 8.26 trillion (Rens)
  8. Essence – 4.65 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  9. The Citadel – 3.63 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  10. Vale of the Silent – 3.23 trillion (Fraternity)

And so it goes.

The next report will be interesting.  Destruction should be way up again, trade up due to fuel scarcity, and the remains of the ISK token login rewards to account for.

As always, you can find more charts and all the data on the MER dev blog.

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The June MER Shows Industry Still in a Slide in EVE Online

We got the Monthly Economic Report for June on Thursday and it once again gives us some insight into both how CCP’s economic starvation plan is going as well as the quiet nature of World War Bee since PAPI gave up trying to attack the Imperium and tried to settle for containment.

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Yes, I know that just yesterday CCP announced that scarcity would be ending at some point in Q4 2021.  But Q4 is more than a month away and nobody said changes would hit on October 1st, so we have go to war with the economy we have, not the economy we might want.  Or something like that.  It is time again time to take a look at the numbers that CCP provides, imperfect though they be.

Production

I’ll start with production, the focus of the MER since the big industry changes hit in April, and the red line on the chart that represents how much is being produced in New Eden.

June 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

Production continued its decline since the peak right before the change, which represented producers attempting to get some inexpensive builds done before the rug was pulled out from under them.  The slope isn’t as steep as it was April, or even May, but the trend is still downward.

That chart also shows destroyed (blue) and mined (yellow) in decline as well, no doubt in part due to battleships and capital ships being so much more expensive to build that people are even more reluctant to risk them, which in turn help keep production trending downward.

The top regions for production were:

  1. The Forge – 16.75
  2. Delve – 8.59 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 6.63 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 6.09 trillion
  5. Fade – 4.47 trillion
  6. Vale of the Silent – 4.34 trillion
  7. Sinq Laison – 3.79 trillion
  8. Domain – 2.76 trillion
  9. Malpais – 2.30 trillion
  10. Querious – 2.28 trillion

All of the top ten save for Fade were down from May, and Fade only broke even.  Overall production amounted to 88.87 trillion ISK in value, down 27 trillion from May and 80 trillion from April.

Destruction

Since it is tied in with production, I’ll move on to destruction.  That ships and modules are destroyed is what gives EVE Online a viable economy, it makes industry a useful path in New Eden, and it was down.

The top regions for destruction in June were:

  1. The Forge – 1.76 trillion
  2. Delve – 1.63 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 1.62 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 1.43 trillion
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.16 trillion
  6. Querious – 1.08 trillion
  7. Genesis – 959 billion
  8. Sinq Laison 944 billion
  9. Pochven – 738 billion
  10. Metropolis – 715 billion

High sec regions around Jita, The Forge, The Citadel, and Lonetrek, resumed their peacetime position of dominance when it came to destruction.  Delve came in second, there allegedly being a war going on there, but it rang in 400 billion less than the June 2020 MER, which was the last pre-war look at destruction.

The one surprise, at least to mean, is to see Pochven on the list.  Hidden away from most of New Eden and requiring a rep grind to be a viable place to earn ISK, there are clearly a few people fighting over that particular street corner.  Also, CCP has managed to drop if from the data before.

Total destruction for June totaled up to 27.65 trillion ISK in value, down 5 trillion ISK from May, but way down from the 45.67 trillion ISK destroyed in the June 2020 MER.  The regions around Jita have been especially slack when compared to that time.  The trend is down.

Mining

The third leg of the economic engine of New Eden, mining represents raw material demand needed for production and, with demand slackening, mineral prices continued their descent from the all time high in April when producers were bidding up supply to get those last jobs building.

June 2021 – Economic Indices

The drop wasn’t as steep in June, and there has been some rise in specific minerals like morphite, but the trend is following production and destruction.  With asteroid yields having been nerfed and prices descending, less people will likely undock to mine… unless they’re high sec Orca bots.

For June the top ten regions for mining were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.98 trillion
  2. Domain – 1.24 trillion
  3. The Forge – 1.16 trillion
  4. Metropolis – 828 billion
  5. Insmother – 668 billion
  6. Sinq Laison – 657 billion
  7. Malpais – 612 billion
  8. Everyshore – 584 billion
  9. Genesis – 579 billion
  10. Lonetrek – 565 billion

Fraternity, determined to be an economic power, tops the list with Vale of the Silent, one of their newly conquered regions.  Malpais, a PanFam region, was the other null sec region to make the list this month, the rest being high sec space.

Total amount mined was valued at 24.45 trillion ISK, down almost 6 trillion ISK from May.

ISK Faucets

Where people get their cash money in New Eden.  As expected commodities remained the top ISK faucet, a situation unchanged since the final round of NPC bounty nerfs that came with the ESS and variable bounty rates.

June 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

That said, both commodities and NPC bounties were down from May, while incursion payouts remained about on par with the previous month.  The simple answer seems to be that there was less ISK earning activity going on in June.

The sinks over time chart seems to bear that out, with commodities and bounties in decline.

June 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

Looking just at commodities we can see where the drop occurred.

June 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Sleep components, which represent the wormhole space ISK faucet, look to be down a little, but Triglavian data, which are the rewards from Abyssal Deadspace runs, look to have fallen off a cliff from a peak in May, likely representing the bulk of the decline.

For NPC bounties the top ten regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.13 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.09 trillion (PanFam)
  3. Insmother – 1.05 trillion (FI.RE)
  4. Tenal – 1.01 trillion (Fraternity)
  5. Esoteria – 989 billion (Army of Mango)
  6. Tribute – 982 billion (Fraternity)
  7. Branch – 961 billion (Fraternity)
  8. Querious – 925 billion (Legacy & 3rd parties)
  9. Delve – 849 billion (Legacy)
  10. Malpais – 827 billion (PanFam)

I decided to drop the “PandaFam” title that I picked up from Jin’taan a year back as it is becoming clear that Fraternity is vying to be a major power in its own right, which we can see in their ratting operations.  PanFam is still making some money back home while the war smoulders on the other side of null sec, but Fraternity is trying to bank a serious war chest… and they haven’t been spending it on World War Bee.

Total bounties were 26.33 trillion across New Eden, down 3 trillion ISK from May.

Trade

The measure of how much is being bought and sold, which is driven by everything above.  Total trade was valued at 489 trillion ISK in value, was down from the 598 trillion ISK in trade done in May.  That is nearly a 20% dip.

The top ten regions for trade were:

  1. The Forge – 354 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 42 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Sinq Laison – 14.48 trillion (Dodixie)
  4. Lonetrek – 11.69 trillion (Caldari high sec)
  5. Delve – 11.62 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
  6. Metropolis – 7.85 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 6.49 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Citadel – 4.45 trillion (Caldari high sec)
  9. Essence – 3.83 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  10. Vale of the Silent – 3.63 trillion (Fraternity)

While many of the larger trade hubs were down, with Jita representing 68 trillion ISK of the total decline in June, some of the smaller high sec regions like Lonetrek and The Citadel were actually up a bit.  Not a significant amount in the face of the June fall off clearly, but not ever region was down.

And so it goes with New Eden, where the other metric that seems to be tracking down along with the economy is the online player count as measured over at EVE Offline.

June 2021 – One Year Online Count

The question is of course whether it is the economic starvation plan that is driving down the player count, or is the player count down because the economy… mining, ratting, production, and destruction… is in a down turn.

I suppose we’ll see once CCP thinks we’ve suffered enough economic privation.

As usual, more charts and all the MER data is available for download from the dev blog.

The May Monthly Economic Report Charts the Decline of Industry in EVE Online

It is once again time for the EVE Online Monthly Economic Report, this time for May 2021.

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Production

The April MER showed a big spike in production in the lead up to the industry changes that affected battleship and capital ship production, after which production fell off just as much.  The downward trend in production carried on into May as expected.

May 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

While the chart only goes back as far as 2019, going back to older versions of the chart, that 2019 dip was pretty much the lowest point for a long stretch (and roughly corresponded to the Blackout), so the fact that we’ve now dipped below that seems significant.

Of course, what has really happened is that producers created a bunch of inventory while it was cheap to do so and have had no incentive to build any more battleships or capitals because the market price for hulls is still well below the new cost to produce.  And given how reluctant players are now to risk capitals, that doesn’t seem likely to change in the near future.

Overall the MER totaled up production for May as 115.44 trillion ISK in value, down from 168.4 trillion ISK in value in April.  The top producing regions were:

  1. The Forge – 20.87 trillion
  2. Delve – 12.88 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 8.45 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 7.67 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 5.15 trillion
  6. Vale of the Silent – 5.13 trillion
  7. Fade – 4.4 trillion
  8. Domain – 4.02 trillion
  9. Malpais – 3.78 trillion
  10. The Kalevala Expanse – 3.69 trillion

As usual, The Forge and nearby regions, which serve the Jita market, remain very active, though all of the regions in the top ten were down in May.

Mining

I speculated that part of the ongoing rise in mineral prices last month was related to the rush to produce as many hulls as possible before the industry changes hit.  And there it is on the May chart, the first significant decline in mineral prices, coinciding with the industry changes.

May 2021 – Economic Indices

Hey, supply and demand works in New Eden!  The other indices are still garbage, anchored on things they shouldn’t be, but minerals are finally coming down.

As you can see from the long term chart, mineral prices are still at record highs, thanks in large part to the ongoing mineral starvation plan that CCP has running.

May 2021 – Economic Indices – Long Term

Mineral prices going down might at least mean that hulls not impacted by the industry changes, T1 frigate through battlecruisers and their T2 upgrades, might ease off in price over time.

As for where mining happened, here are the top ten regions for May:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.43 trillion
  2. The Forge – 1.63 trillion
  3. Metropolis – 1.49 trillion
  4. Domain – 1.43 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 1.15 trillion
  6. Lonetrek – 1.03 trillion
  7. Everyshore – 907 billion
  8. Genesis – 789 billion
  9. Heimatar – 726 billion
  10. Kador – 723 billion

A total 31.35 trillion in ISK value was mined in May, up from 27 trillion in April.  Mining remains primarily a high sec vocation, with the exception of Vale of the Silent, the null sec region run by Fraternity.

Trade

Trade was also down in May, there no doubt being a relationship with reduced mineral demand.  The total ISK value of trade in May was 598 trillion, down from 626 trillion in April, with the top regions as:

The Forge – 422.69 trillion (Jita)
Domain – 53.83 trillion (Amarr)
Sinq Laison – 18.45 trillion (Dodixie)
Delve – 15.73 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
Lonetrek – 15.03 trillion (Caldari high sec)
Metropolis – 10.53 trillion (Hek)
Heimatar – 9.12 trillion (Rens)
The Citadel – 5.48 trillion (Caldari high sec)
Vale of the Silent – 4.33 trillion (Fraternity null sec)
Essence – 4.28 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

Those are pretty much the same ten regions we see every month at this point, though sometimes the order changes at the bottom now and again.

ISK Faucets

Commodities remain the dominate ISK faucet still, topping the chart again for May.

May 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

Broken out as the over time chart:

May 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

And then commodities broken out:

May 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

As usual, the Sleeper items from WH space top the chart, though there was a burst of Sansha incursion activity in there.

Meanwhile, the old faucet king, NPC bounties, topped out in these ten regions:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.16 trillion (PandaFam)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.19 trillion (PandaFam)
  3. Lonetrek – 1.06 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Querious – 1.02 trillion (Legacy)
  5. Insmother – 1.02 trillion (FI.RE)
  6. Tenal – 1.02 trillion (PandaFam)
  7. Tribute – 977 billion (PandaFam)
  8. Oasa – 955 billion (PandaFam)
  9. Metropolis – 928 billion (Gallente High Sec)
  10. Malpais – 924 billion (PandaFam)

PandaFam is clearly using the war in Delve to fill up their coffers in the northeast of null sec, far from the fighting.  Interesting as well is that there are now two high sec regions on the list, an indication of how much bounties have been tapered off in null sec.

Destruction

Finally, there is still a war on, and Delve remains the focus even in the lull, so it tops the region list again.

  1. Delve – 3.39 trillion
  2. Lonetrek – 1.78 trillion
  3. The Forge 1.77 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 1.56 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 1.4 trillion
  6. Querious – 1.22 trillion
  7. Metropolis – 1.13 trillion
  8. Vale of the Silent – 1.05 trillion
  9. Pure Blind 894 billion
  10. Tribute – 741 billion

The damage in Delve was almost exactly what is rang up in April, though I suspect that we will see that number taper off when we get the June MER next month.  The siege of 1DQ has slowed down.

Total destruction was 32.73 trillion ISK in value, down some from April’s 35.12 trillion ISK number.

So it goes.

As usual, all the charts and source data are available for download from the May MER dev blog.

The April EVE Online Monthly Economic Report and the Initial Impact of the Industry Changes

CCP got us the April Monthly Economic Report on Friday evening their time, and it looked like a bit of a rush job.  The news page initially had some of the March MER graphs on it and a couple of the charts in the download data look to be from March as well.  Still, as always, we soldier on with what we’re given. [Edit: They updated some of the data in a new .zip file since I wrote that.]

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Production

The big industry changes hit at towards the end of April, with a bit of a heads up from CCP, and industrialists all over rushed to get in some final battleship or capital builds before it hit, as the production/destruction/mining chart clearly shows.

April 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

The red line on that chart is production, and you can see it spiking up there as the day approaches, then dropping off sharply as the month turns to May.  As usual for this chart, we get the data up to the date they run the report, which was May 16th this time.  It is also a 30 day moving average, so it will likely bleed off some more when we see the next MER.  Dunk Dinkle of Brave asked on r/eve if anybody was pursuing capital building after the patch and, while there were only a few responses, most seemed to be in the negative.

Still, that rush in mid April pushed the production numbers up, hitting 168.4 trillion ISK in value, up from 127 trillion in March and 104.6 trillion ISK in February.

The top regions for production in April were:

  1. The Forge – 30.51 trillion
  2. Delve – 16.2 trillion
  3. Vale of the Silent – 9.06 trillion
  4. Lonetrek – 8.92 trillion
  5. The Citadel – 8.38 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 6.5 trillion
  7. Domain – 6.02 trillion
  8. Fade – 5.31 trillion
  9. Malpais – 4.65 trillion
  10. Querious – 4.17 trillion

The Forge was up by about a trillion ISK, but Delve jumped by almost 7 trillion ISK as people got those last capitals into build.  Likewise, Vale of the Silent, Fraternity’s new home, was up by a good 4 trillion ISK.  The last two days before the patch saw 5 trillion ISK in production, tapering off as builds submitted before the patch delivered and were not replace, with production continuing to fall into May, with the last date in the data set just 2.1 trillion ISK in production overall.

Mining

The rush to get things produced helped mineral prices continue their unprecedented climb as they hit yet another all time high on CCP’s mineral price index chart.

April 2021 – Economic Indices

Even the other indices, weighed down by the inclusion of things like skill injectors, started to rise a bit with this recent surge.

With the boom in production over it will be interesting to see if that causes an easing in mineral prices as demand subsides.

As for where mining happened, the following were the top ten regions:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.82 trillion (PandaFam)
  2. Metropolis – 1.51 trillion
  3. The Forge – 1.4 trillion
  4. Domain – 1.17 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 1.09 trillion
  6. Lonetrek – 939 billion
  7. Everyshore – 835 billion
  8. The Citadel – 695 billion
  9. Heimatar – 680 billion
  10. Tash-Murkon – 666 billion

Once again mining was heavily weighted towards high security space save for the Vale of the Silent region, where Fraternity now operates, which came close to harvesting more ore than the next too regions combined.   A total of 27.15 trillion ISK in ore was mined by CCP’s measure, which put the month about 2.5 trillion ISK over the March output.

Trade

The top ten regions for trade value were:

  1. The Forge – 439 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 59.16 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Sinq Laison – 19.31 trillion (Dodixie)
  4. Delve – 18.11 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
  5. Lonetrek – 14.88 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 10.64 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 10.3 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Citadel – 5.26 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  9. Essence – 5.03 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  10. Vale of the Silent – 3.82 trillion (PandaFam)

Jita remained dominant, though was down more than 30 trillion ISK when compared to March.

Overall trade was down from 670.58 trillion ISK value in March to 625.98 trillion ISK in value in April.

ISK Faucets

I used to call this section NPC Bounties because that was, by far, the biggest ISK faucet in the game.  And then CCP nerfed bounties and now commodities lead the pack, with those wormholers quietly making bank.  As expected, commodities rang in as the top ISK faucet in April.

April 2021 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

Looking at the line graph shows better how commodities compare with NPC bounties and the ESS payouts.

April 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

NPC bounties plus ESS is still in the neighborhood of commodities, though when you break out the commodities you can see who is reaping the benefit on that front.

April 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Sleeper components, which are wormhole NPC drops, make up the largest slice of the pie by far.  Given the relative populations of null sec and wormhole space, there are some crazy ISK earning wormholers out there.

Meanwhile, on the NPC bounties front, the total harvest was 27.2 trillion ISK, a pale shade of what it once was, with the top ten regions collecting:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.17 trillion
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.09 trillion
  3. Tribute – 1.04 trillion
  4. Insmother – 1.01 trillion
  5. Tenal – 996 billion
  6. Pure Blind – 891 billion
  7. Malpais – 855 billion
  8. Branch – 837 billion
  9. Lonetrek – 833 billion
  10. Querious – 804 billion

Vale of the Silent and TKE are both PandaFam, along with Malpais, Branch, and some of Tenal.  So while World War Been carries on the southeast of New Eden, the northwest prospers.  Querious is Brave’s new home, so they are settling in and raising ADMs.  The odd region is Lonetrek, which is Caldari empire space.  Some serious mission running much have gone on to make the cut.

Destruction

Then there are things being blown up and, to nobody’s surprise, Delve continues to lead the list on that front.

  1. Delve – 3.39 trillion
  2. The Citadel – 1.91 trillion
  3. The Forge – 1.82 trillion
  4. Heimatar – 1.66 trillion
  5. Lonetrek – 1.64 trillion
  6. Sinq Laison – 1.38 trillion
  7. Querious – 1.18 trillion
  8. Vale of the Silent – 1.14 trillion
  9. Catch – 1.07 trillion
  10. Domain – 957 billion

Overall destruction was down, ringing in at 35.12 trillion ISK destroyed in April, down from 42.68 trillion ISK in March.  Things seemed to blow up in most regions on that list, indicating both a bit of a lull in the war and a lack of activity in high sec, especially around Jita where destruction is generally at its highest in New Eden.

Finally, the MER included a graph indicating the peak player count for systems across New Eden in April.

April 2021 – Peak Concurrent Players

You have to click on that and view it full size to people able to pick out regions and systems, but you’ll be able to spot Jita and Amarr and a few other spots that are often busy.  But I want to zero in on the southeast of null sec.

Delve and Querious

You can tell there is a war on by how many systems are spiking up in Delve.  Not all of those were fights, and they didn’t all happen at the same time or even on the same day.  If you look at the zKill you will see PAPI dragging more than a thousand ships in to kill some Keepstars.  But some of those peaks represent fights.  If we get this chart again for May I expect that we’ll be able to pick out the 1DQ1-A constellation from the region.

Anyway, as always, all the charts and data… now corrected… are available for download on the Dev Blog.

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TNG – The April 2021 Monthly Economic Report: Faucets And The Dynamic Bounty System

The March EVE Online Economic Report and What Happens When CCP Announces Industry Changes

What do industrialists do when you tell them that you’re going to change up production and expect the market to be chaos for months thereafter?  They build whatever they can manage right NOW.  It is time to look at the New Eden economy again.

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CCP released the monthly economic report for March 2021 this week.  The last week of March saw the announcement about a significant update to industry that is set to shake up production.  The end goals may be a more rational economy and the uncoupling of capital production from basic minerals, but the short term means uncertainty at the reaction was a production boom in some key regions.

Mar 2021 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

You can see the red line, the production line on that graph, surging upwards as the month headed towards its close and the announcement hit.  Destruction was down a bit and mining was up some, but production took off, climbing from about 3 trillion ISK in value on the 25th to almost 6 trillion ISK by the 29th.

While the announcement came at the end of the month, March still ended up with noticeably more produced, the total value in the regional data climbing from 104 trillion ISK in February to 127 trillion ISK in March.  The top ten regions for production were:

  1. The Forge – 29.5 trillion
  2. Delve – 9.4 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 8.25 trillion
  4. The Citadel – 7.33 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 5.31 trillion
  6. Vale of the Silent – 5 trillion
  7. Domain – 4.92 trillion
  8. Fade – 4.89 trillion
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 3.34 trillion
  10. Placid – 2.79 trillion

While Delve was actually down a bit, The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel, which all server the Jita trade hub, were all well up over last month’s numbers.  I expect that the uncertainty over what is to come will continue to drive production up as the early April numbers… there is some bleed over in the data we get… will continue to remain higher than before the announcement.

Destruction

Things continued to blow up in New Eden, and while we’re still down from the record numbers of December and January, the result of the struggles over the Keepstar in M2-XFE, destruction was up a bit from February, rising to 42.68 trillion ISK from 38.43 trillion ISK.  The top regions for destruction in March were:

  1. Delve – 5.51 trillion
  2. The Forge – 2.2 trillion
  3. The Citadel – 2.17 trillion
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.72 trillion
  5. Lonetrek – 1.57 trillion
  6. Querious – 1.42 trillion
  7. Heimatar – 1.41 trillion
  8. Sinq Laison – 1.35 trillion
  9. Metropolis – 1.2 trillion
  10. Catch – 1.08 trillion

Delve, the locus of the war, remains at the top to the list, more than doubling the usual peacetime champion, The Forge.  The Vale of the Silent was up from February as Fraternity consolidated its conquest of the region and the eviction of the small holders who had previously occupied the region.

Querious and Catch were also on the list due to the war, the former being Brave’s new home and the latter being their old.

NPC Bounties and ISK Faucets

NPC commodities remained the top ISK faucet into New Eden again in March.

Mar 2021 – Faucet end of the chart

As usual, the wormhole commodities led the pack.

Mar 2021 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

That said, NPC bounties did see something of a rebound in March, ringing in at 30.61 trillion ISK, up 5 trillion ISK over February.

Mar 2021 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

The top earning regions for NPC bounties remain in the northeast of null sec, well away from the war.

  1. Vale of the Silent – 3.33 trillion (PandaFam)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.26 trillion (PandaFam)
  3. Tribute – 1.21 trillion (mixed small groups)
  4. Pure Blind – 1.20 trillion (mixed small groups)
  5. Insmother – 1.16 trillion (FI.RE Coalition)
  6. Fountain – 1.00 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Tenal – 983 billion (PandaFam)
  8. Metropolis – 922 billion (Minmatar High Sec)
  9. Perrigen Falls – 891 billion (PandaFam)
  10. Oasa – 865 billion (PandaFam)

Vale of the Silent again figures high as part of Fraternity’s seizure of the region and subsequent effort to raise ADM levels and make some ISK.  One high sec region remains in the top ten again this month, either a monument to how much mission running goes on there or a reminder as to how far the null sec bounty levels have fallen since the nerfs.

Mining

Mineral prices resumed their climb in March after having seemed to hit a plateau in February. This trend will likely continue as the industry changes and the rush to produce ships and modules before then drains more of the mineral reserves.  Expect another all time high in April I suppose.

Mar 2021 – Economic Indices

The ore mined totaled up to 24.43 trillion ISK in value, up more than 5 trillion ISK over February.  The top ten regions for mining were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.06 trillion (PandaFam)
  2. Metropolis – 1.37 trillion
  3. The Forge – 1.34 trillion
  4. Domain – 1.10 trillion
  5. Sinq Laison – 1.09 trillion
  6. Lonetrek – 908 billion
  7. Everyshore – 805 billion
  8. Heimatar – 718 billion
  9. The Citadel 699 billion
  10. Tash-Murkon – 675 billion

There is Vale of the Silent at the top of another chart, again a byproduct of the conquest of the region.  The past few months the list has been dedicated to high sec regions where semi-AFK Orcas prowl the asteroid belts chewing up rocks.  Fraternity put in some effort to top the list given the limited about of ore now available in null sec space.

Meanwhile, for those interested in the consumer price index line on that chart, Angry Mustache has gone through and calculated what it looks like when you remove the PLEX and related items that are holding the index down at a time when the mineral prices are continuing to rise. (The MER thread on Reddit this month actually has a bunch of back story info in it and is worth a read.)

Trade

As with production, trade saw a spike in activity, one that is no doubt also related to the planned industry changes.  Prices rose as people grabbed up supplies from the market, speculating on what might soon be in short supply, and there was a drive to buy minerals for production.  That sent the value of trade in New Eden to 670.58 trillion ISK in March, up from the 583 trillion ISK in transactions recorded in February.  The top regions for trade were:

  1. The Forge – 472 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 60.64 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Sinq Laison – 21.29 trillion (Dodixie)
  4. Delve – 20.25 trillion (Imperium/PAPI)
  5. Lonetrek – 14.89 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Metropolis – 12.53 trillion
  7. Heimatar – 10.94 trillion
  8. Essence – 5.27 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  9. The Citadel – 4.92 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  10. Vale of the Silent – 4.22 trillion (PandaFam)

The Forge, home to Jita, dominated as expected, with 65 trillion ISK more in transactions.  But all the top regions were up.  And it should be no surprise I suppose that Vale of the Silent nosed its way into this top ten list as well.  With all that other economic activity there was no doubt some trade needed to support it.

So it goes.  I expect that we will find April to be even more volatile than March, and there is no telling what will happen when the industry changes actually hit.  The charts should be fun that month.  But we’ll have to wait and see.

As always, all the data and more charts are available for download from the dev blog.

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