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The EVE Online August MER and the End of a Flat Summer

It is September and, while the calendar tells me summer has a few weeks left to run, in my head summer ends at Labor Day in the US, which was this past Monday.  My daughter is back in class, pumpkin spice flavored everything is threatening to return, and if we could just get a bit of cool weather we would be set.  Unfortunately, it feels like “Endless Summer” might be the new setting on Earth.

September also means we have the August Monthly Economic Report for EVE Online.  This will be the check point for whether or not we’re seeing a “summer slump” or something bigger in the game once we compare it to the next few months.  The kids are getting anxious and tossing ominous charts around Reddit.

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Every MER is a benchmark for something I suppose, so let’s see where things stand.

Production

August 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

While I like that chart… the way I like any chart that shows data over time… it can see be a bit vexing to read as the daily number tend to be up and down.  The data used to build that chart though, that is much more clear.  It shows that there 79.25 trillion ISK in value produced in August, down slightly from the 79.75 recorded in July and the 81.28 we saw in June.

Meanwhile, the regional data shows these as the top ten regions for production.

  1. The Forge – 17.39 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 12.8 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 11.01 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 7.13 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 5.7 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 5.14 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Fade – 4.15 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  8. Heimatar 3.58 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Domain – 3 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Sinq Laison – 2.87 trillion (High Sec)

Again, the usual suspects for null sec, plus the regions supporting trade hubs like Jita top the list.

Overall the regional data showed 113.52 trillion in ISK value produced, up a bit from July’s 109.7, and June’s 110.59 trillion.

As I said, it has been a flat summer economically speaking.  Yes, I still cannot reconcile the difference between those two data sets, but I remain satisfied that they trend in the same way each month.

Meanwhile, this month saw three new charts in the form of break outs of the three sub-charts that debuted in the Produced/Mined/Destroyed chart back in June.

August 2022 – Production by Security Band

CCP Estimate dropped me a note to let me know there were some new charts and I am really happy with the additions.  First, I like these charts are the are a clear representation over time of where specific activities occur.  Second, not I don’t have to spend time in Paint.net cropping together my own stand-alone versions.  So a win on that front!

Destruction

On the war front we still had two minor conflicts going on in July, with Brave and V0LTA defending Pure Blind from Fraternity and the Imperium’s punitive offensive into FI.RE’s space.  With that in mind, the regional data shows theses as the top ten regions for destruction:

  1. The Forge – 1.69 trillion
  2. Pochven – 1.68 trillion
  3. Lonetrek – 1.13 trillion
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.12 trillion
  5. The Citadel – 1.11 trillion
  6. Pure Blind – 1.09 trillion
  7. Delve – 1.05 trillion
  8. Metropolis – 833 billion
  9. Sinq Laison – 813 billion
  10. Immensea – 799 billion

At least Pure Blind and Immensea, the two regions that saw most of the action in those wars, made the cut.  But neither were setting any records, as The Forge and Pochven topped the list.

Overall the region data said that 26.12 trillion ISK was destroyed in August, down a bit from the 27.48 reported in July and the 27.08 reported in June.  Again, a fairly flat line, even if it is trending down a bit.

The data from the Produced/Mined/Destroyed chart at the top of the post showed 26.57 trillion ISK destroyed, down from 28.74 trillion ISK in July and 27.59 trillion ISK in June.

Not as nice an alignment as one would hope for, but still fairly flat and trending down in August.

As for where destruction took place, there is the second of the three break out charts”

August 2022 – Destruction by Security Band

While null sec remains the primary engine of destruction in New Eden, it has been slowing down some and other regions have a larger slice of the chart in recent months.

Somebody threw together some data on capital ship losses, something that is primarily a null sec thing, and how that has been trending down, which no doubt aligns a bit with what the chart above is telling us.

Trade

Trade remains the heartbeat of New Eden, and the top regions in August were made up of the usual set of names.

  1. The Forge – 400 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 33.75 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 15.4 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Sinq Laison – 11.76 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 11.39 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 8.06 trillion (Hek)
  7. Perrigen Falls – 6.77 trillion
  8. Heimatar – 5.92 trillion (Rens)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 4.32 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. The Citadel – 4.19 trillion (Caldari High Sec)

The trade total from the regional data tallied up to 534 trillion ISK in value, up from 521 trillion ISK in July, but still down from the 572 trillion ISK in value we saw in June.

And with The Forge accounting for 400 trillion of the August total, that means about 75% of in-game trade happens in Jita, Perimeter, and the other systems in the region… but mostly in Jita.

ISK Faucets

Now we’re into the money section, where we try to see where the money is coming from in New Eden, which I always start off with the top of the ISK Sinks and Faucets chart.

August 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those who cannot read the text, and I number myself in that group, here are the top items on the list:

  • Commodity – 48.1 trillion (Same as July)
  • Bounty Prizes – 19.7 trillion (down 0.6 trillion)
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 13.7 trillion (up 0.1 trillion)
  • Incursion Payouts – 11.7 trillion (Same as July)
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 8.6 trillion (down 0.3 trillion)
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.2 trillion (down 0.1 trillion)

That carries on the theme of a flat summer economically speaking, though the faucet and sinks chart looks more exciting than those numbers.

August 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

While you can see NPC bounties on a down trend, commodities looks like they were having a party, at least at the very end of the month.  However, if we look at the commodities over time chart, we can see where that came from.

August 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Blue loot, the wormhole space ISK faucet, was actually down in August and it was only the spike in miscellaneous… which could be event rewards from Caldari Union Day, which landed at the end of the month, but which I guess could also be AIR rewards, which I have a pile of to redeem… that kept commodities level between July and August.

There was also a bit of a rise in encrypted bonds, which represents main and reserve bank rewards.

August 2022 – ESS Regional Stats

There were a little over 8 trillion ISK in main bank thefts in August, up from around 7.5 trillion seen in July.  But reserve bank thefts were down to 453 billion in August from 510 billion in July.  But fewer of those thefts were milking jobs, where the locals get keys to rob their own reserve banks.

August 2022 – Reserve Bank “Thefts”

So commodities remained flat, with other avenues picking for a decline in sleeper commodities coming in from wormhole space.

On the NPC bounties front, the top regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.97 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.47 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Fountain – 1.38 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Perrigen Falls – 1.25 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Querious – 1.13 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Malpais – 954 billion (PanFam)
  7. The Kalevala Expanse – 930 billion (PanFam)
  8. Insmother – 901 billion (FI.RE)
  9. Catch – 794 billion (Imperium/Others)
  10. Tribute – 792 billion (Fraternity)

The regional data totals bounties up to 26.2 trillion ISK in value, down a bit from July’s 27.11 trillion.  That doesn’t quite align with the 28.3 trillion recorded on the faucets above, but the decline in both data sets adds up to about a 900 billion ISK decline.  We take our data wins when we find them.

All of that meant that ISK faucets out paced ISK sinks by a fair margin, but ISK taken out of the game by CCP, or excluded due to being associated with inactive accounts, meant that for the second time this summer we had a small drop in the overall ISK in the game.  The first time was in June’s MER.

July 2022 ISK balance

That meant that the money supply chart was flat to the point of a bit of a decline at the end of the month.

August 2022 – Money Supply

Less money in the system should give ISK velocity a bit of a boost, and we can see the decline tapering off and even reversing a bit in August, but overall at the end of the month it was headed downward again.

August 2022 – Velocity of ISK

We did get an update to this chart, which now shows velocity overall, then without contracts, and then without contracts and PLEX related transactions.

PLEX is starting to be a sore spot, with a single PLEX now selling for over 4.6 million ISK, making 30 days of game time a 2.3 billion ISK cost.

Of course, some people have that kind of scratch to hand, as we see with a bonus chart we got in August, looking at the distribution of wealth in New Eden.

August 2022 – Wealth Distribution

67.7% of the ISK held in New Eden is in the hands of 5% of the players.  That means they have 1,003 trillion, while the other 95% of the game shares only 494 trillion.

This is not as shocking as you might think.  Wealth accumulation over time favors those in for the long haul.  People working at it since 2003, especially those who were in on some of the lopsided aspects of the economy at various points, are bound to have a lot more ISK than those who shows up late.

Still, this chart did generate its own thread on Reddit.

Mining

What to say about mining in August?  Well, mineral prices continued to climb, which strongly suggests that there is still more demand for minerals than there is supply.

August 2022 – Economic Indices

The Produced/Mined/Destroyed chart data shows that 19.45 trillion ISK in value was mine in August, down from 20.7 trillion in July and way down from 27.69 trillion in June.

According to the regional data, overall 14.28 trillion ISK in value was mined, down a fraction from the 14.5 trillion ISK in July and 16.46 trillion in June.

So both data sets at least show a fairly flat transition from July to August after having dropped off from June.  The demand, in the form of higher prices, is not getting people out to mine.

As for where mining happens, the regional data shows these are the top ten locations:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 911.28 billion (Fraternity)
  2. Domain – 589.58 billion (High Sec)
  3. The Forge – 507.27 billion (High Sec)
  4. Metropolis – 486.9 billion (High Sec)
  5. Delve – 484.91 billion (Imperium)
  6. Insmother – 466.6 billion (FI.RE)
  7. Fountain – 463.79 billion (Imperium)
  8. Lonetrek – 430.5 billion (High Sec)
  9. Aridia – 418.33 billion (Low Sec)
  10. Derelik – 393.74 billion (High Sec)

When it comes to moon mining however, the output remains low, with 3.2 billion ISK in moon ore being mined, down a bit from the 3.22 reported in July and the 3.995 billion reported in June.

The top regions for moon mining were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 305.87 million (Fraternity)
  2. Domain – 204.1 million (High Sec)
  3. Delve – 180.63 million (Imperium)
  4. Insmother – 126.57 million (FI.RE)
  5. The Citadel – 119.11 million (High Sec)
  6. Genesis – 99.86 million (High Sec)
  7. Malpais – 93.13 million (High Sec)
  8. Tribute – 90.03 million (Fraternity)
  9. Essence – 89.72 million (High Sec)
  10. Querious – 87.15 million (Imperium)

Again, to put those numbers in perspective, I make more churning out mechanical parts via planetary industry on one character in a month than any region on the list’s moon mining output valuation.  We need the moon goo products for T2 ships, but the price for that looks to be suppressed, likely due to over supply.

And, finally on the mining front, the third break out chart focused on where mining takes place in New Eden based on security band:

August 2022 – Mining by Security Band

Again, thanks to CCP Estimate for these break out charts.  The larger size gives a slightly more granular view.  Wormhole space, which provides gas, is the smallest slice, but still significant, while low sec, also now a provider of gas sites needed for capital production, continues to be a substantial provider.

And that is all I have in me for the August MER.

Related:

The EVE Online July Monthly Economic Report Reads About the Same as June

The July Monthly Economic Report for EVE Online has arrived, so it is time to dive into that.

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Production

July 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

  1. The Forge – 16.31 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  2. Delve – 13.89 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 11.85 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 6.99 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 5.79 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 5.09 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Fade – 3.56 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  8. Heimatar – 3.39 trillion (Minmatar High Sec)
  9. Sinq Laison – 2.91 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  10. Malpais – 2.91 trillion (PanFam)

Total production according to the regional stats added up to 109.7 trillion ISK in value, about the same as June’s 110.59 trillion ISK production.

The data for the production chart above shows a total of 79.75 trillion ISK produced, which is also very close, if down slightly, from June’s 81.28 trillion ISK reported.

So production looked to be flat over the last two months, though the chart itself, which is a trend line based on daily production data, does seem to be trending downward all the same.  I suppose August will tell us whether that line is really headed downward again or not.

As for where production was happening, you see a mix of high and null sec regions in the top ten regional data above, while the sub-chart for production shows:

July 2022 – Production by Security Band

Low sec has an increasing share of late, but high and null sec are where production happens in New Eden.

Destruction

There are a couple of small wars going on in null sec, with Fraternity attacking Brave and Volta in Pure Blind while the Imperium has been winding itself back up again and attacking FI.RE in the southeast.  Overall though destruction remained flat, with the regional data reporting a  total of 27.48 trillion ISK, on par with the 27.08 trillion that was recorded in June.

The top regions for destruction were:

  1. The Forge – 1.62 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  2. Pochven – 1.55 trillion (Triglavian)
  3. Pure Blind – 1.42 trillion (Brave/V0LTA)
  4. Lonetrek – 1.31 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  5. Delve – 1.22 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Vale of the Silent – 1.08 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. The Citadel – 1.08 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  8. Metropolis – 1.04 trillion (Gallente High Sec)
  9. Sinq Laison – 913 billion
  10. Perrigen Falls – 710 billion (PanFam)

Pure Blind at least made the cut in the top ten.  The Imperium’s area of operation down south is way down the list, but we were distracted by a leadership upheaval in July.

The total from the Produced/Destroyed/Mined chart data was 28.74 trillion ISK destroyed, again lined up with June’s 27.59 trillion number.  So things remained about the same.

As for the destruction by security band sub-chart from above, it remained about the same as well.

July 2022 – Destruction by Security Band

So it goes.  At least the numbers did not go down.

Trade

The top ten regions for trade in July were:

  1. The Forge – 381.46 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 33.21 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 15.17 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Sinq Laison – 11.81 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 11.80 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 10.43 trillion (Hek)
  7. Perrigen Falls – 7.54 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Heimatar – 7.25 trillion (Rens)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.37 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Essence – 4.05 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

Trade in the regional stats totaled out to 521.5 trillion ISK, down from the 572 trillion ISK reported in June.  10 trillion of that drop was in Jita, while other regions showed minor adjustments in value.

ISK Faucets

Now to the money, starting off with the faucet end of the big sinks and faucets chart.

July 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

If you cannot read the numbers on that chart, the top six faucets for July were:

  • Commodity – 48.1 trillion (up 3.8 trillion)
  • Bounty Prizes – 20.3 trillion (down 0.4 trillion)
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 13.6 trillion (up 0.1 trillion)
  • Incursion Payouts – 11.7 trillion (down 0.2 trillion)
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 8.9 trillion (down 0.1 trillion)
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.3 trillion (even with last month)

As with much of what I have covered so far, sinks are pretty much on par with last month.

July 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

The one exception on that list is commodities, which saw a jump in July.  However, looking at the commodities over time break out, that looks like a spike driven by the Minmatar Liberation Day events.  Those are the green line, miscellaneous.

July 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

You can also see bounty encrypted bonds are creeping up.  July saw 7.56 trillion ISK in reserve bank thefts, and those pay out in bonds, which must then be taken to a low sec NPC in order to redeem them for ISK.  That means that ESS main and reserve banks getting robbed doesn’t necessarily line up with commodities.

July 2022 – ESS Regional Stats

You can see that there are still 51 trillion ISK in bonds locked on up ESS reserve banks in New Eden.  Oh, and as expected, most reserve bank heists are the local sovereignty owners collecting ISK from their own banks.  Milking is the method.

July 2022 – Reserve Bank “Thefts”

So commodities are up, but not necessarily because wormholers are bagging more sleepers and turning their loot.

Meanwhile, in the regional stats, bounty prizes for blowing up NPCs showed the following as the top ten regions:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.1 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Perrigen Falls – 1.64 trillion (PanFam)
  3. Delve – 1.44 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Fountain – 1.33 trillion (Imperium)
  5. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.21 trillion (PanFam)
  6. Querious – 1.04 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Catch – 957 billion (Imperium/Others)
  8. Malpais – 950 billion (PanFam)
  9. Insmother – 838 billion (FI.RE)
  10. Tenerifis – 764 billion (FI.RE)

No particular surprises on that list, save for the fact that FI.RE were still managing to rat in Insmother and Tenerifis.  I expect neither region to make the top ten list for August.

The total is 27.11 trillion, down a bit from June’s 27.9 trillion, keeping with the whole theme so far.

Unlike last month though, total ISK in the game went up.

July 2022 ISK balance

Again, the July theme, with faucets and sinks being very close to the June numbers.  The main difference was the active ISK delta, which is how much ISK CCP counts out of the game due to player inactivity or due to seizure by the security team.  That was 53 trillion ISK in June, but just shy of 15 trillion ISK in July.

Was security on vacation (quite possibly), or have we hit the bottom of the trough when it comes to players exiting the game?  We’ll have to keep watching to see.

July 2022 – Money Supply

Meanwhile, the velocity of ISK, which I have been thinking even more about since Kazanir’s talk on Sunday, continues to decay… though not as much as previous months I suppose.

July 2022 – Velocity of ISK

Mining

And, finally, the resource inputs into the economy, mining.

Mineral prices continued to climb up from their recent low, though they still remain at an all time high.

July 2022 – Economic Indices

Additionally, the Secondary Producer Price Index, which has been on its own trajectory for a while, started to climb with mineral prices, while the Primary Producer Price Index, which has at least maintained some marginal relationship with the mineral price line, has started to collapse.   And the Consumer Price Index remains fixed, all of which seems indicate that maybe the CPI isn’t measuring the right things… like PLEX related goods.

Overall, the regional data reported that a total of 14.5 trillion ISK value was mined in July, down from 16.46 trillion in June.  The top regions for mining were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 626 billion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 560 billion (Imperium)
  3. Aridia – 559 billion (Amarr Low Sec)
  4. The Forge – 549 billion (Caldari High Sec)
  5. Metropolis – 526 billion (Minmatar High Sec)
  6. Domain – 493 billion (Amarr High Sec)
  7. Derelik – 473 billion (Amarr High Sec)
  8. Lonetrek – 467 billion (Caldari High Sec)
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 437 billion (PanFam)
  10. Malpais – 416 billion (PanFam)

Mining remains fairly well split among the security bands relative to the populations that live there.  As noted previously, the resumption of capital production… or at least dreadnought production… has been driving gas mining as it is now required to build them, which is why you see the bump in wormhole and low sec mining since April.

July 2022 – Mining by Security Band

The data from the produced/destroyed/mined chart up at the top of the post indicates that a total of 20.7 trillion ISK in value was mined, down from the 27.69 trillion ISK the same chart reported in June.

That looks like some more serious tapering off than some of the other aspects of the economy.  Given that mineral prices are going up, which should be an incentive to mine, I wonder if that slump is an early indicator that other numbers may fall or if people are just on vacation.

We also have moon mining numbers.  I messed up on that last month, the first month they appeared, by reporting them in billion ISK units, when in fact they were only counted in the millions.  I have corrected that in the June MER post, but wanted to cop to my mistake here.  Probably a sign as to how many people read down this far that I can be off by an order of magnitude and nobody calls me out.  Anyway, the July numbers with the correct units were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 257 million
  2. Delve – 198 million
  3. Perrigen Falls – 146 million
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 137 million
  5. Domain – 135 million
  6. The Citadel – 131 million
  7. Malpais – 119 million
  8. Insmother – 111 million
  9. Genesis – 93 million
  10. Metropolis – 89 million

That isn’t a lot of ISK value when it comes to moon mining.  I make more from Planetary Industry than that on my main account every month.  Once again, I am brought back to Kazanir’s Sunday talk and the value of null sec space and moons.

And it isn’t even a null sec only thing.  Low sec, once a battleground for moons, doesn’t rate and high sec 0.5 systems are making the top ten.

Overall there was a total of Total 3.32 billion ISK value, down from 3.995 billion reported in July.

And that is about all I have in me for July.  The mining volume over time charts didn’t change much for July, except for ice mining, which showed an increase.  So there we go.

As tends to happen, much of what I saw this month needs next months numbers to establish a pattern or present a new hypothesis.

Related:

The June EVE Online Monthly Economic Report Brings Dark Mode Charts and More Gas Huffing

The Monthly Economic Report for June was ready and posted on July 1st before I was even awake here on the west coast of the United States.  I suggested at the end of my recent month in review post that we were entering the sleepy stretch of summer when many at CCP take trips, but apparently CCP Estimate was still in the office and hard at work.

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One of the fresh bits with this MER is that some of the charts are now available in “dark mode,” with a black background, which I am very much in favor of.  They aren’t all available as such, but where they are, and where it makes the charts easier to read with my old eyes, I will be running with those.

Production

I will open here as usual with one of the charts now done up in dark mode.

June 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined (at night!)

As noted last month, when this updated version of the chart arrived, I do like the break out by security band sub-charts and will break them out on their own.

Production stayed steady in the post capital blueprint change era through most of June, though you can see it dropping off a bit towards the back half of the month.  The data for that chart shows total production at 81.28 trillion ISK in value, up slightly from the 80.25 trillion ISK recorded in May.

The data from the regional statistics shows that the top ten regions for production in June were:

  1. The Forge – 17.39 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 12.8 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 11.01 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 7.13 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 5.7 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 5.14 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Fade – 4.15 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  8. Heimatar 3.58 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Domain – 3 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Sinq Laison – 2.87 trillion (High Sec)

The regional data totaled up to 110.591 trillion ISK in value produced for the month, up from the 105.9 trillion that last month rang in, so production was looking up a bit.  But that end of month down turn in the first chart makes me wonder if it will continue to trend down into July.

And, as promised, I broke out the sub-charts.

June 2022 – Production by Security Band

I don’t know that I will want/need to break them out every month, unless I feel the need to remind people where production happens, which looked to be primarily a split between null sec and high sec.

Destruction

June saw the end of the Imperium SIG incursion into the southeast of null sec, followed by a quiet period after which the Imperium mobilized for a larger strike against FI.RE and its PAPI allies.  The question was really whether that month would be dominated by the campaigns or the lull in between.  The regional destruction stats showed the following as the top ten most destructive regions:

  1. The Forge – 1.49 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Pochven – 1.45 trillion (Triglavian)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 1.31 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Pure Blind – 1.24 trillion (Brave/V0LTA)
  5. Lonetrek – 1.11 trillion (High Sec)
  6. The Citadel – 1.07 trillion (High Sec)
  7. Delve – 1.03 trillion (Imperium)
  8. Metropolis – 878 billion (High Sec)
  9. Sinq Laison – 805 billion (High Sec)
  10. Genesis – 770 billion (High Sec)

None of the regions in the southeast null sec conflict made the top ten, and the overall destruction, ringing in at 27.08 trillion ISK, down from 32.37 trillion ISK in May, seems to indicate that the lull was the major null sec theme for June.

Likewise, the data from the Production/Destruction/Mined chart at the top of the post showed 21.45 trillion ISK in destruction, down from 30.65 trillion in May, though there was a blank day in the data.  Still, the trend was clearly down.

And the broken out security band chart for destruction certainly doesn’t show null sec swelling in percentage.

June 2022 – Destruction by Security Band

Will the full on Imperium campaign shift the null sec numbers upwards?  PAPI seems mixed on whether to fight the Imperium or run up north to Pure Blind to beat on Brave and V0LTA.

Trade

Trade, after seeing some gains in May, fell off again in June, with the regional data showing a total of 533.04 trillion ISK in trade, down from the 595 trillion ISK recorded in May.

The top ten regions remained the usual suspects, the high sec trade hubs, the null sec coalition capitol regions, and the Caldari high sec regions adjacent to Jita.

  1. The Forge – 391.69 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 34.51 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Delve – 15.5 trillion (Imperium)
  4. Lonetrek – 14.72 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  5. Sinq Laison – 12.07 trillion (Dodixie)
  6. Metropolis – 9.14 trillion (Hek)
  7. Perrigen Falls – 7.38 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Heimatar – 5.92 trillion (Rens)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.22 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. The Citadel – 4.24 trillion (Caldari High Sec)

As an additional tidbit, this chart about the most traded items over the last 12 months in New Eden showed up on Twitter.

PLEX and Large Skill Injectors remain far and away the top items, and since they are most commonly traded in Jita or Perimeter, that is likely what keeps The Forge so far ahead in trade.  One wonders what the trade numbers would look like with those two items, and the related market items, removed from the equation.  I supposed I could go back and add up the last 12 months of trade and figure that out, but I won’t.

ISK Faucets

Once more into the money side of the equation, and how it flows into New Eden.  As usual, the top of the big ISK chart cropped.

June 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those who cannot read the chart, which includes me, the top items listed are (with the change over last month in noted):

  • Commodity – 44.3 trillion (down 7 trillion)
  • Bounty Prizes – 20.7 trillion (down 2.6 trillion)
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 13.5 trillion (up 0.4 trillion)
  • Incursion Payouts – 11.9 trillion (down 2.1 trillion)
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.0 trillion (down 0.7 trillion)
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.3 trillion (down 0.3 trillion)

Save for ongoing fun in Pochven, things seemed down on the faucet front.  Commodities was perhaps explainable due to the face that there was an event associated bubble for them in May.  You can see the miscellaneous line jump then fall off as June arrived in the chart below.

June 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

But overall you can see the main faucets trending down in June.

June 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

The line for bounties seemed to be on a multi-month decline at this point.  The top regions for NPC bounties were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.2 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.61 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Perrigen Falls – 1.59 trillion (PanFam)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.44 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Fountain – 1.28 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Querious – 1.06 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Catch – 957 billion (Imperium/Others)
  8. Malpais – 937 billion (PanFam)
  9. Pure Blind – 931 billion (Brave/V0LTA)
  10. Insmother – 871 billion (FI.RE)

Overall the regional stats add up to 27.9 trillion ISK in bounties, down from 32.06 trillion ISK in May.

It was one of those rare months when more ISK came out of the game than went in.

June 2022 ISK balance

That compares to May, when 120.5 trillion ISK came into the.  But ISK sinks were also down from May, by close to 9 trillion ISK.  The chart shows that transaction taxes were taking less out of the economy.

The big change was the Active ISK Delta, which represents players going idle in the game as well as ISK CCP has seized from players for violating the EULA and Terms of Use for things like illicit RMT.

So the money supply, which had been on a up line recently, flattened out in June.

June 2022 – Money Supply (in the dark)

Meanwhile, the velocity of ISK, the measure of ISK turn over in the market, took something of a dive as well in June.

June 2022 – Velocity of ISK (some like it dark)

That dive started in May, but was clearly not arrested by anything that happened in June.  May was when we go the subscription price increase as well as the Fanfest of promises but no action.

[Edit: And just before this post went live CCP posted an update indicating that they plan to spend to summer talking about the things they didn’t deliver at Fanfest.  So… Yay consistency I guess?]

And the primary driver of trade, ISK faucets, and content in general is players in the game, which has also been falling off of late. (Chart from EVE Offline)

The state of the PCU in June 2022

Again, we might just be in the summer slump.  But we won’t know until we get to autumn.

As for other items, while I find the ESS charts interesting, they do replay pretty much the same story every month.  In June, as in May, the largest reserve bank heist was an alliance draining its own local banks.  Those charts are in the MER download package if you want to see them.  I don’t think I need to post them every month unless there is a change up or something amusing happens.

Mining

Overall mineral prices remained on their recent upward climb.

June 2022 – Economic Indices (dark)

Mineral prices remain below their starvation economy peak, but are still higher than any past historical period in the game.  However, mining overall appears to be down.

The regional stats show the following as the top ten regions for mining:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.05 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. The Forge – 660 billion (High Sec)
  3. Domain – 654 billion (High Sec)
  4. Delve – 618 billion (Imperium)
  5. Metropolis – 597 billion (High Sec)
  6. Lonetrek – 534 billion (High Sec)
  7. Aridia – 529 billion (Low Sec)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 522 billion (PanFam)
  9. Malpais – 493 billion (PanFam)
  10. Sinq Laison – 422 billion (High Sec)

The only real surprise on that list is Aridia, the low sec region that happens to be adjacent to Imperium space in Delve and Fountain.  But we’ll get to what that might have made the cut in a moment.

Overall the regional stats added up to 16.46 trillion ISK value mined, down from 17.84 trillion ISK in May.  But the data from the Produced/Mined/Destroyed chart way up at the top says that 27.69 trillion ISK in value was mined, up from 21.77 trillion ISK in May.

What doesn’t get included in the regional stats but probably gets pulled into the overall stats?  Wormhole space maybe?  You can see WH space spike at the end of the overall mining by security band chart.

June 2022 – Mining by Security Band

And what does Wormhole space have to offer?  Gas!

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

You can see on that chart that gas mining has been climbing, at least through until the middle of June, both in wormhole space and low sec.  Gas is directly associated with capital production, and with the capital blueprint changes that came in in May, there has been a drive to restart capital production.

I cannot speak to other groups, but in the Imperium there have been classes in how to mine gas and a request that those with a mind to do so go out and get in on the gas harvesting gold rush.  This probably explains why Aridia, a low sec region close to the Imperium with gas resources needed for production, made the top ten list.

If gas is up, what is going on with everything else?  Asteroid mining seems to be settling into a slight downward trend.

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

Ice mining likewise seems to have started down a slight decline over time.  Not enough capital move ops I guess.

June 2022 – Ice mining

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

And moon mining also seems to be down a bit from its recent peak.

June 2022 – Moon mining

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

We did get some additional data as part of the MER this month, as a new column appears in the regional data for moon mining.  The top ten regions for that were (updated because I was initially off by an order of magnitude… millions not billions):

  1. Vale of the Silent – 321 million (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 257 million (Imperium)
  3. Domain – 198 million High Sec)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 182 million (PanFam)
  5. The Citadel – 154 million High Sec)
  6. Insmother – 140 million (FI.RE)
  7. Tribute – 137 million (Fraternity)
  8. Perrigen Falls 137 million (PanFam)
  9. Malpais – 134 million (PanFam)
  10. Metropolis – 119 million High Sec)

Overall a total of 3.995 billion ISK in value was recorded as being mined from moons in June.  While we do not have any historical data yet, we can at least see where moon mining is happening.  Null sec accounts for the largest share, with the usual groups appearing in the top ten.

But high sec still has a big share of the haul, with regions near trade hubs that have some 0.5 security systems, required to moon mine in high sec, making it into the top ten.

You have to go quite a ways down the list to find a low sec region on the regional list, though the region in last place is Pochven, with 165,280 ISK in moon mining value, which is kind of crazy if only because somebody was trying to moon mine there… and didn’t do very well.

So it goes.  Another month has gone by.

As usual, you can find all these chart and data and much more in the download packages linked on the MER Dev Blog.

Related:

The May EVE Online Monthly Economic Report Lands with Updated Charts and Data

I was not ready to get the May MER so early in June.  It historically doesn’t land in single digit dates.  But CCP has a new data scientist working on it now, CCP Estimate, and they have gone to town both on speed of delivery and expanding the data presented.  It is nice to have good things to say about CCP.

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I could probably spend a full post charting the new and updated items in the MER, but if I want to keep this to a reasonable length I had better just show rather than tell.  So on to the usual format, going through production, destruction, trade, ISK, and mining, with the enhanced information.

Production

As usual I will open with production and the chart I always use, though this time it has some extra spice to it.

May 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

The usual chart has three new sub charts that break out where the three things tracked happen by area of space.  Honestly, I’d like those sub-charts full size with data, but I’ll take them as is because they give a simple graphical view about where things happen in New Eden.

When it comes to production, we did see an uptick with the reduction in cost to manufacture some capital ships, notably dreadnoughts, that came with the Siege Green update in May.  They are still much more expensive than they were before the April 2021 blueprint change… a dreadnought hull still costs more ISK than I can afford to lose, so I won’t be buying/flying one again… but the price has been reduced enough to make them viable for some groups.

However, because people knew the change was coming, there was also a anticipatory dip in production between the announcement and the patch, which evened out the total production for May.  The data from the chart above indicates that there was 80.25 trillion ISK in production in May, up slightly from the 76.07 trillion ISK recorded April.

In the regional stats, the top ten regions for production were:

  1. The Forge – 19.03 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 11.17 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 9.17 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 6.76 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 5.50 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 4.87 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Fade – 4.59 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  8. Malpais – 3.35 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Domain – 2.94 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Heimatar – 2.88 trillion (High Sec)

As usual, regions that feed Jita and null sec top the list.  Overall the regional stats data showed a total of 105.9 trillion ISK produced, up a bit from 101.56 trillion ISK in April.

And supporting my “Jita/null sec” production statement there, we have the security band chart, which I have pulled out from the chart above to be its own thing.

May 2022 – Production by Security Band

There is a bit of production in wormhole space and low sec, but it is dominated by null sec and high sec.

Destruction

Using the chart at the top of the post, destruction somewhat flat across April and May, with the data showing that 30.65 trillion ISK was destroyed in New Eden in May, up slightly from the 29.59 trillion ISK the same data showed for April.  Things were blowing up and there was a small conflict brewing in the southeast of null sec.

The regional data showed the following as the top ten regions for destruction in May:

  1. The Forge – 2.16 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Pure Blind – 1.55 trillion (Brave/V0LTA)
  3. Pochven – 1.53 trillion (Triglavian)
  4. The Citadel – 1.50 trillion (High Sec)
  5. Lonetrek – 1.28 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Delve – 1.15 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Vale of the Silent – 1.11 trillion (Fraternity)
  8. Sinq Laison – 1.08 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Metropolis – 1.06 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Tenerifis – 1.05 trillion (FI.RE)

All told, the regional data says that 32.37 trillion ISK in value was destroyed, up from 29.78 trillion ISK in April.  The regional data, however, does not include Wormhole space, and I would really like to be able to reconciled the produced/destroyed/mined data with it.

But we do have one of those sub-charts to give us some insights.

May 2022 – Destruction by Security Band

I love this chart because it debunks a series of regularly regurgitated myths, wishes, and outright whole cloth lies that get trotted out every CSM election season, and the past election was no exception.  Clearly some people think it is a requirement to call for null sec to be nerfed and blame it for any and all game woes.  The ghost of Olmeca Gold continues to haunt us.

What the chart says is that things get blown up in null sec and foot stomping statements about it being perfectly safe or that only some tiny minority of players ever go there are just nonsense. (Also, you can see the two battles of M2-XFE sticking out in that chart.  Not only did the second battle reset a couple of Guinness Book records, according to CCP 35% of the logged in accounts during the battle were in Delve.)

I will say that it is heartening for low sec to see that they aren’t as dead as some claim either.  And high sec, while a lot blows up around Jita and along the trade routes, isn’t quite the massacre it can be made out to be.

Trade

This is the one section where I do not having something new from the MER to throw into the mix.  But that is fine, the next section, about ISK, will more than make up for it.  The top regions for trade in May were:

  1. The Forge – 436.1 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 42.58 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Sinq Laison – 15.51 trillion (Dodixie)
  4. Lonetrek – 15.13 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  5. Delve – 12.68 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 9.55 trillion (Hek)
  7. Perrigen Falls – 7.96 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Heimatar – 7.86 trillion (Rens)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.9 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. The Citadel – 4.44 trillion (Caldari High Sec)

That is pretty much all the usual suspects, the main trade hubs and the center of some of the null sec coalitions.  I all there was a total of 595.15 trillion in ISK traded, up from 572.52 trillion ISK in April.

ISK Faucets

Now into where the money comes from, starting with the top of the sinks and faucets chart.

May 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those who cannot read the chart, which includes me, the top items listed are:

  • Commodity – 51.3 trillion
  • Bounty Prizes – 23.3 trillion
  • Incursion Payouts – 14 trillion
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 13.1 trillion
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.7 trillion
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.6 trillion

Bounty prizes and ESS payouts, which go hand in hand, were both down for May while the rest of the list was up, with commodities especially so jumping almost 10 trillion ISK from April to May.

You can see that happening in the sinks and faucets over time chart.

May 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

The two were already diverging last month, a trend that continued in May, with Sleeper components, the wormhole loot, continuing to top the chart, though there was a surge in incursion loot as well.

May 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Bounty encrypted bonds, the loot from robbing ESS main and reserve banks, was also up noticeably.  We even have some updated charts on that.

May 2022 – ESS Regional Stats

You can see that Vale of the Silent, the home of Fraternity topped the list.  Interesting that other regions with nearly as much ISK tucked away in reserve banks did not see nearly as much robbed from them, but we’ll get to that.

The next chart, which shows the largest main bank thefts, includes a number of systems in that region that were robbed repeatedly.

May 2022 – Main Bank Thefts

That is anecdotally interesting, that Fraternity gets robbed more so than other groups.  More interesting though, to me at least, is the reserve bank chart.

May 2022 – Reserve Bank Thefts

This chart has been updated since last month and answers the magical question of how many reserve bank robberies are just the locals siphoning off the banks in their territory.  And the answer seems to be “most of them.”  All of the ones listed in brown on the list on the left side of the chart are “friendly robberies” where groups are just harvesting banks in territory they own.

This is, of course, not surprising.  A number of null sec groups, including Fraternity, declared their reserve banks to be “nationalized” back when the reserve keys were put into the game, and to be looted only for the benefit of the alliance.  So there, at the top of the list… and appearing three more times on the list… is TVN-FM in the middle of Fraternity space, all of which are friendly robberies.

As noted above, regions held by PanFam and the Imperium, which have nearly as much ISK tied up in reserve banks, have almost no robberies.  The fanfare to which the reserve bank keys were released almost a year ago… the Great Heist event, complete with login rewards… hasn’t lived up to the hype.

Moving on to bounty prizes, the top ten regions were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.57 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Perrigen Falls – 1.92 trillion (PanFam)
  3. Delve – 1.74 trillion (Imperium)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.54 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Fountain – 1.28 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Pure Blind – 1.10 trillion (Brave/V0LTA)
  7. Malpais – 1.07 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Querious – 1.01 trillion (Imperium)
  9. Insmother – 962 billion (FI.RE)
  10. Metropolis – 923 billion (High Sec)

Bounty prizes in the region data, which is bounties plus ESS payouts, added up to a total of 32.06 trillion ISK, up from 28.13 trillion ISK in April.  So bounties were up, but commodities were up even more.

All of that caused the money supply to go up.  No surprise in that.

May 2022 – Money Supply

There was more drawn from faucets and any impact of the subscription price increase was unlikely to have hit yet, so no huge quantity of money was counted as out of the economy due to inactivity caused by people unsubscribing.

And then there is the velocity of ISK, a chart I have tended to shy away from due to the possibility of manipulation by CCP… how it is counted is somewhat opaque.  But this month it comes with something new and interesting.

May 2022 – Velocity of ISK

The blue line is the one that CCP has been using for as long as this chart has been a part of the MER.  But now we have the red line which represents the velocity minus PLEX related activities.  That is essentially the velocity of ISK from actually playing the game rather than exchanging PLEX for ISK and related activities.  The PLEX related market looks to be considerably more volatile than the part related to simply playing the game.

Mining

Finally, the various forms of resource harvesting in New Eden.  Again, mineral prices remain well above historical levels… they are down from their peak, but still well above the norm of the history of the game and back on the rise still.

May 2022 – Economic Indices

So rising prices should be taken into account when looking at the regional stats.

May 2022 – Mining Value by Region

The May MER saw the return of the region mining values to the .csv files, so I haven’t had to go through and try to manually add up all the regions.  I was able to just use Excel to sum them all up, for a total of 17.84 trillion ISK value mined.  That is about 5 trillion more than the hand tally I made for April.  Prices were up and I guess activity was up as well.

The top ten regions for mining value were:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 1.54 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. The Forge – 750 billion (High Sec)
  3. Delve – 747 billion (Imperium)
  4. Metropolis – 602 billion (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 581 billion (High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 528 billion (Fraternity)
  7. Lonetrek – 510 billion (High Sec)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 481 billion (PanFam)
  9. Sinq Laison – 462 billion (High Sec)
  10. Derelik – 454 billion (High Sec)

High sec and null sec dominate the top of the list, but that seems to align with the sub chart we got back at the start of the post:

May 2022 – Mining by security band

Null sec and high sec still represent the widest bands, but low sec and wormhole space are growing, no doubt related to the gas requirements to create parts for capital production.  Now that capital blueprints are in the “still complicated and expensive but no longer completely nonviable” state, production of capitals will drive demand for gas and get more people out huffing.  The Imperium is running gas huffing classes now to try and bootstrap capital production to get it running again.

Meanwhile, the first chart in the post, way back up at the top, indicated that a total of 21.77 trillion ISK in value was mined, which includes wormhole space, so maybe these numbers agree in some way now?

Speaking of gas huffing, you can see it is on the rise, as noted, both in anticipation of demand and then based on actual demand that came from the blueprint changes we finally got.

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

It is the resource stream that wormhole space dominates and where low sec is strong as well.

Asteroid mining, which is basically the old school rock harvesting that many think of when mining is mentioned, remains steady, with high sec being the dominant location still.

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

Null sec, which has no asteroid belts anymore, remains as big as it is via mining anomalies.

Ice mining, another high sec and null sec activity, remained steady.

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

And finally there is moon mining.

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

This is one area where low sec should be much more significant than it currently is.  Back in the passive moon mining days there was a lot of activity with moons in low sec.  Now, however, they don’t seem to be worth the effort.

And so it goes, another month with the New Eden economy.  What I will be looking for when we get the June MER is the impact that the decline in the online activity might be having on the economy.  EVE Offline has been showing numbers dropping.

The concurrent user chart of late

2022 so far peaked back in January during the Doctor Who event and has started seeing a downturn since the price hike.  We shall see if that carries on.

As always, all of these charts and more along with the data underlying many of them is available for download from the MER dev blog.

Related

The EVE Online April Economic Report and the Time before Fanfest

We got the EVE Online Monthly Economic Report for April 2022 last week and it was once again a reminder that sometimes seeing the previous month’s report when you’re halfway into the next month can be… odd.  You have to remember the state of things as they were, as opposed to what has happened since the cut off date which, in this case, means before EVE Fanfest.

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Not that Fanfest dramatically changed the economy, but it did give us a glimpse, however fleeting, into CCP’s plans, which always has some sort of impact.

Meanwhile, back in April we were getting all sorts of news, like the announcement of the Siege Green update, which went live last week, and the price increases, which are live today.  News and updates have their impacts.

Production

I might as well start with production again, since that has a nice graph that shows that news can change trajectories.  Basically, the Siege Green update promised to make capitals and faction ships more affordable to produce.  I commented last month that I expected production to dip with that announcement.  Did the big graph bear out my prediction?

Apr 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

Kinda sorta yes.  April production did dip down, the data for that chart shows April had 76.07 trillion ISK in production, down from 80 trillion ISK.   That isn’t a huge number, in large part because I believe there wasn’t a lot of capital production going on in any case.  They were too damn expensive to build.

Now the question will be whether or not we see a jump in production come the May MER.  Did CCP move the needle enough to revive capital and faction ship production?

Meanwhile, the regional stats show the following places produced the most output.

  1. The Forge – 18.04 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 12.79 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 9.99 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 6.35 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 4.66 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Tribute – 4.06 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Fade – 3.07 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  8. Sinq Laison – 2.84 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Heimatar – 2.83 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Malpais – 2.65 trillion (PanFam)

That is pretty much the usual suspects these days.

Overall the regional stats showed a total of 101.56 trillion ISK in production, down from 113 trillion ISK in March.  That is a bigger gap and a bigger percentage that the chart above, but tracks with the expectation I suppose.

Destruction

That chart above also tracks destruction, and the data that feeds it says that 29.59 trillion ISK in value was blown up in April, up slightly from the 28.4 trillion ISK reported in March.

That actually aligns closely with the regional destruction stats, which rang in at 29.78 trillion ISK in value destroyed, up from the 28.91 trillion ISK blown up in March.  That doesn’t leave a lot of room for wormhole space in the gap between those numbers, but so it goes.

The top regions for destruction were:

  1. The Forge – 1.69 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Pochven – 1.48 trillion (Triglavian)
  3. The Citadel – 1.41 trillion (High Sec)
  4. Lonetrek – 1.37 trillion (High Sec)
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.30 trillion (Fraternity)
  6. Sinq Laison – 1.27 trillion (High Sec)
  7. Pure Blind – 1.21 trillion (Brave/V0LTA)
  8. Delve – 1.08 trillion (Imperium)
  9. Genesis – 1.00 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Metropolis – 935 billion (High Sec)

Pochven continues to light things up, while the area around Jita remains the peak of destruction.  Meanwhile, the campaign going on in the south, with Imperium SIGs going after FI.RE and their PAPI allies, didn’t break into the top ten, with Feythabolis only making it into 13th position in the regional stats.

Maybe the May numbers will see that heat up a bit.

Trade

Trade, at least according to the regional stats data, was up, with April seeing a total of 572.52 ISK in value traded, up from 548 trillion ISK in March.

The top regions were, once again, the usual suspects, a mix of trade hubs and coalition home regions.

  1. The Forge – 422.28 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 39.69 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 15.57 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Sinq Laison – 14.46 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 13.16 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 9.01 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.28 trillion (Rens)
  8. Perrigen Falls – 7.22 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 5.40 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. The Citadel – 4.11 trillion (Caldari High Sec)

ISK Faucets

And now into the more complicated areas of the MER, and made all the more so by new charts this month.  CCP Estimate has taken over the MER from CCP Larrikin and has given us some more data to chew on.  But we’ll start as I usually do with the faucets end of the big big sinks and faucets chart.

Apr 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those who cannot read the chart, which includes me, the top items listed are:

  • Commodity – 41.4 trillion
  • Bounty Prizes – 25.5 trillion
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 11.2 trillion
  • Incursion Payouts – 11.2 trillion
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 11.1 trillion
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.5 trillion

Commodities and bounty payouts were up for April, while incursions were down slightly, and agent mission rewards stayed in exactly the same spot.

We can see how those top faucets have performed over time here.

Apr 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

While bounty payouts were up overall for the month, they follow a dip for a stretch and lead into another fall off which represents CCP “fixing” the ESS bounty percentages so that they all went down dramatically.  Meanwhile, the top regions for bounties… were pretty much the same crowd one would expect.

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.85 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.61 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Perrigen Falls – 1.61 trillion (PanFam)
  4. Fountain – 1.32 trillion (Imperium)
  5. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.19 trillion (PanFam)
  6. Tribute – 1.09 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Querious – 985 billion (Imperium)
  8. Venal – 917 billion (BOSS and others)
  9. Pure Blind – 854 billion (Brave/V0LTA)
  10. Malpais – 751 billion (PanFam)

But this month we also got a look at ESS bank thefts, with three new charts!

Apr 2022 – ESS Regional Stats

That is three columns of tiny data about where ESS main bank and reserve bank thefts are happening, as well as a summary of the total amounts sitting in reserve banks.

The reserve bank is a special ISK pool that accumulates and needs a special key to access.  CCP opened up the mechanic to get at that ISK last July and… it hasn’t been much of a big deal.  They keys are annoying to get and the amount they allow you to get away with is not all that much in the grand scheme of things.  So a lot of ISK has just been piling up there… almost 52 trillion ISK worth if my hand tally of that chart is correct, with the top three regions being:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 4.735 trillion ISK (Fraternity)
  2. The Kalevala Expanse – 4.092 trillion ISK (PanFam)
  3. Delve – 3.929 trillion ISK (Imperium)

Those are, of course, three of the strongest coalitions in null sec, so no surprise there.  But how about reserve bank thefts?  Where are those happening?

Apr 2022 – Reserve Bank Thefts

It looks like the northeast of null sec is the hot spot for that… though who knows if those are nationalized reserve banks that the owners are pulling out.  Those thefts, which don’t add up to much against the trillions socked away, might not be thefts at all.

As for main bank thefts, those you can pull off by just showing up at the right place at the right time.

Apr 2022 – Main Bank Thefts

Again, the biggest thefts are not all that big in the grand scheme of things.  But the main bank gets paid out at regular intervals, so there is never as much ISK up for grabs as there are in the reserve banks.  And you can see from the first of the three charts, the main banks are in play a lot more often than the reserve banks.

Meanwhile, on the commodity front however you can see sleeper components on the rise.  Wormholers win again.

Apr 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

Anyway, all of that saw the money supply go up, after having it go down… a rare thing most months… last month.

Apr 2022 – Money Supply

That also saw the velocity of ISK go up.

Apr 2022 – Velocity of ISK

Again, I tend to be dubious of the velocity chart, if only because it is subject to so many things CCP could manipulate if they so desired… and because it often seems to live a life independent of other indicators.  Technically, all other things being equal, a the money supply going up (as with this month) or going down (as with last month) the velocity should move in the opposite direction.  But all other things are not equal and the velocity goes where it will.

Mining

And finally, mining and mining like things.  Again, no data bearing .csv files make this an annoying section to deal with as if I want any totals I need to go tally them up by hand.

The Produced/Destroyed/Mined chart up at the top of the post indicates that there was 17.85 trillion ISK mined, though the data from that chart is dubious when it comes to mining.

Meanwhile, the regional mining value data gives the total as closer to 12.7 trillion ISK in value, though that it my tallying on with the calculator by hand, so is subject to error.  Though, given that the largest region on the list was Vale of the Silent, which had 847 billion ISK in value mined, I doubt I made a 5 trillion ISK typo.

Apr 2022 – Mining Value by Region

And the value of the ore mined should be going up rather than down given the current mineral price trend.

Apr 2022 – Economic Indices

That adds up, if the data is correct, to a 10 trillion ISK value drop off in mining, more than a 40% fall.

But I suspect that there is a problem with the data, there being a couple of empty cells in the .csv data source for the first chart in the post.  While we don’t have the data for the regional chart, I suspect it suffers from the same issue, or more so.  It would be, if nothing else, out of character for there to be no regions to exceed one trillion ISK in value mined, something usually accomplished in Vale of the Silent and Delve.

Meanwhile, the four core mining types now tracked each have their own chart.

Asteroid mining, which are from belts and anomalies and is primarily a high sec activity, with null second second but well behind.

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

That does appear to be trending down a bit… but, again, data issues?

Gas mining is dominated by wormhole space, though low and null sec got a boost from the industry changes of April 2021.  The big spike from that has now rolled off the chart.

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

Again, I think these charts need a trend line.

Ice mining is like asteroid mining, largely a high sec and null sec activity.

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

And finally there is moon mining, which theoretically should be strong in low sec, but which also seems to mostly be a null sec and high sec venture.

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

The spikes are likely due to coincident timing in some regions. Moon mining has a regular schedule where a chunks are drawn. There is some low sec activity, but I remain surprised at how little there is.

And another month goes by.  The May numbers will be mostly interesting to see how the game responds to the industry changes, EVE Fanfest, and the subscription price increase that went into effect today.  As always, all this data and more is available for download in the MER dev blog post.

The March Economic Report Shows EVE Online Steady as Fanfest Changes Loom

CCP posted the Monthly Economic Report for March last week and my impression of it is that not much changed compared to the February report.

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Most of the things I list out every month are about the same as the month before, and the things that changed mostly have obvious explanations based on what was happening in game.

I expect that will carry on through the April report next month with a couple of things, such as production, likely dropping a bit due to the changes CCP has lined up for May and Fanfest.

Production

Mar 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

According to the regional data, production was up a bit from February, hitting 113.74 trillion, up from 106 trillion.  That isn’t a very big jump, and is still from the 130 trillion in January.  The data used for the chart above shows 80 trillion in production, which about matches what the February data for that chart showed.

The top regions remain the usual suspects.

  1. The Forge – 17.88 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 14.17 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 9.61 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 7.10 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 6.25 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Fade – 4.38 trillion (WE FORM BL0B)
  7. Tribute – 4.17 trillion (Fraternity)
  8. Sinq Laison – 3.65 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Malpais – 3.37 trillion (PanFam)
  10. Heimatar – 3.06 trillion (High Sec)

I expect the April MER will see production go down a bit more in anticipation of the coming changes to capital construction, after which we may see production climb.

Destruction

The regional data shows 28.91 trillion in destruction in New Eden, while the data for the above chart showed 28.4 trillion, so at least those two data points align, though it does make one wonder if wormhole space is getting counted, since it shouldn’t appear on the regional stats.

  1. Feythabolis – 1.62 trillion (FI.RE)
  2. The Forge – 1.39 trillion (High Sec)
  3. Lonetrek – 1.38 trillion (High Sec)
  4. Vale of the Silent 1.31 trillion (Fraternity)
  5. The Citadel – 1.28 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Delve – 1.12 trillion (Imperium)
  7. Sinq Laison – 1.11 trillion (High Sec)
  8. Pochven – 1.05 trillion (Triglavian)
  9. Pure Blind – 874 billion (Brave/V0LTA)
  10. The Kalevala Expanse – 863 billion (PanFam)

The big change is Feythabolis moving to the top of the destruction list, reflecting the ongoing Imperium SIGs and squads deployment to cleanse it of PAPI.  The Imperium isn’t taking the space, just blowing up what is there.

Trade

Trade was up, hitting 548.6 trillion ISK in value, up from the 527 trillion ISK recorded in February.  As usual the lion’s share of trade goes through Jita.

  1. The Forge – 402.59 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 39.59 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 14.6 trillion (Caldari High Sec)
  4. Sinq Laison – 14.36 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 14.19 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 8.45 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 7.72 trillion (Rens)
  8. Vale of the Silent – 4.68 trillion (Fraternity)
  9. Perrigen Falls – 4.63 trillion (PanFam)
  10. Essence – 3.81 trillion (Gallente High Sec)

ISK Faucets

Then there is the money talk, where things get more complicated.

Mar 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

For those like me who can barely read that chart, even when enlarged, here are the numbers for the top six.

  • Commodity – 36.4 trillion
  • Bounty Prizes – 21.8 trillion
  • Incursion Payouts – 12.0 trillion
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 10.0 trillion
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.7 trillion
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.5 trillion

Most are in about the same ballpark as last month, with the big change being Trig invasion payouts passing ESS payouts for March.

We can see the top sinks and faucets in the next chart.

Mar 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

Bounties took a dip during the month, but seemed to recover towards the end, while commodities remained fairly steady and remained the top ISK faucet in the game.

Commodities are broken out in this chart.

Mar 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

With no events driving commodities, the red line that includes those saw no spike, while the wormhole commodities, the blue line, saw some growth in March.

Meanwhile, on the NPC bounties front, you can see who is ratting to build up their war chests in null sec.

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.84 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 1.90 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Perrigen Falls – 1.45 trillion (PanFam)
  4. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.44 trillion (PanFam)
  5. Fountain – 1.44 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Tribute – 1.12 trillion (Fraternity)
  7. Querious – 901 billion (Imperium)
  8. Malpais – 885 billion (PanFam)
  9. Venal – 865 billion (BOSS and others)
  10. Pure Blind – 768 billion (Brave/V0LTA)

The last two entries are interesting because Venal is NPC null sec, so BOSS and company, which recently faced an PanFam invasion, seems back at work, while Brave appears to be coming back together in Pure Blind.

As with February, March saw a decrease in the total ISK in game.

Mar 2022 balance of ISK

While faucets still out ran sinks, the active ISK delta, which is ISK on inactive accounts, more than made up the gap between the first two, dropping the total active ISK in the game once more.

That change was reflected in the money supply chart, which continued a gentle downward slope.

Mar 2022 – Money Supply

Likewise, the velocity of ISK followed a similar downward line.

Mar 2022 – Velocity of ISK

That is not a good sign because less ISK should not necessarily affect that line as such.  In fact, if everybody remaining kept trading as before it should be flat or even go up.  But less money in the market and it trading hands more slowly is indicative of shrinking economic activity.

Mining

Mining is now complicated by a much more granular series of charts and I am not sure I want to break out everything as I did initially, as I have to do it manually which takes a lot of time.  Again, I sure wish CCP gave us the data in a .csv file, but that wish remains unanswered.

The top regions for mining value get their own chart.

Mar 2022 – Mining Value by Region

Delve and Vale of the Silent, Imperium and Fraternity core space, remain at the top of the chart, followed by several high sec regions.

Those numbers, if I have added them up correctly on the calculator app, sum up to about 21.55 trillion ISK in value, which is a little less than the 22.46 trillion ISK they seemed to add up to in February.

Meanwhile, the data from the chart at the top of the most, way up in the Production section, tallies to 25.63 trillion ISK in value, which is down from the 27.58 trillion ISK that data showed/shows for February.

So it seems there was a bit less mining overall in March, though it has never been completely clear what either of those numbers represent.

The value of minerals followed the trend of last month and continued to rise.

Mar 2022 – Economic Indices

It wasn’t a large rise, but values went up rather than down.

Meanwhile, the four core mining types now tracked each have their own chart.

Asteroid mining, which are from belts and anomalies and is primarily a high sec activity, with null second second but well behind.

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

Asteroid mining looks to have jumped up early in March.

Gas mining is dominated by wormhole space, though low and null sec got a boost from the industry changes of April 2021, which is the big spike you see near the left side of the chart.  That will roll off the end next month.

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

I wish these charts had a trend line, or that we had the data, but output by volume looks about the same for March, with a little dip in the first half of the month.

Ice mining is like asteroid mining, largely a high sec and null sec activity.

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

The early March dip seems to correspond with a similar drop in gas mining, but I am not sure what happened then to cause it.

And finally there is moon mining, which theoretically should be strong in low sec, but which also seems to mostly be a null sec and high sec venture.

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

The spikes are likely due to coincident timing in some regions.  Moon mining has a regular schedule where a chunks are drawn.  There is some low sec activity, but I remain surprised at how little there is.

And so it goes for another month.  As I noted above, I expect that the April numbers will be about the same, or lower for production, in anticipation of the changes coming in May.  But I suppose we shall see.

Related

The February Monthly Economic Report Shows Some Slow Downs in EVE Online

CCP seems to be getting back into a more normal routine with the MERs after the changes made over the last couple of months.  We still don’t have raw data for any of the new charts, but we’re getting the report before the last week of the next month now.  So we have the February Monthly Economic Report now.

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February saw us come down from some of the holiday season event highs, like the Doctor Who event in January that drove players to use the market and manufacture things, so we will see if the numbers reflect that.  In addition, the Russian invasion of Ukraine kept players from both countries away from the game and attending to the harsh new realities of the world.  In a game with a single server that hosts most of the world, this no doubt will have an impact.

Meanwhile, no MER is complete without some odd errors.  This month you’ll see a couple of regions showing up with zero trade. (Check out the regional summaries graph further down the post.)

As has become my own new normal, I will go from the cleanest to messiest numbers, which means Production up front, while ISK and resource harvesting… oh mining, you are so messy now… will close out the post.

Production

Production was down.  You can see in the big production, destruction, and mined chart that the red line showing the daily data began to curve down.  Not a lot, but a bit.

Feb 2022 – Production vs Destruction vs Mined

The data for that chart, which we still get in a .csv file, shows 80.5 trillion ISK in production for the month, down from the 90 trillion ISK.

Of course, that data once again conflicts with the regional data which, once again, we still get in a .csv file for easy ranking and tabulation.  The regional data shows 106.43 trillion ISK in production, down from 130 trillion ISK in January.

And, of course, the region data doesn’t include any thing those scary people were producing in their wormholes, so it is enough to make you throw your hands up in the air like you just don’t care.

But, as I used to say about the SuperData numbers, back when they were a thing, even bad data collected consistently can show you a trend, and the trend for production is down a bit.  Not a lot, but some.  The cost of building caps remains high, but at least the battleship changes we got last week (yes CCP, you can stop reminding us) might make those more viable and get people undocking and losing more.

As for the top regions for production, the same ten are on the list as last month, with some minor changes in ranking.

  1. The Forge – 16.88 trillion (High Sec)
  2. Delve – 12.19 trillion (Imperium)
  3. Vale of the Silent – 7.96 trillion (Fraternity)
  4. Lonetrek – 7.55 trillion (High Sec)
  5. The Citadel – 7.41 trillion (High Sec)
  6. Fade – 4.38 trillion (We Form V0LTA)
  7. Malpais – 3.94 trillion (PanFam)
  8. Sinq Laison – 3.71 trillion (High Sec)
  9. Domain – 3.07 trillion (High Sec)
  10. Heimatar – 2.75 trillion (High Sec)

That represents a few large null sec groups, then production used to support some of the major high sec trade hubs.

Destruction

You can look up at the blue destruction line on the chart I posted under production to see that it too has slid a bit.

The data for that chart shows 29.11 trillion ISK destroyed, down from the 33.6 trillion ISK destroyed in January.

Unlike the production data, the destruction regional stats align closely with the data from the overall chart, ringing in at 29.69 trillion ISK destroyed, down about 5 trillion ISK over the previous month.

Less stuff blew up.  The top regions for destruction were:

  1. The Citadel – 1.66 trillion (High Sec)
  2. The Forge – 1.65 trillion (High Sec)
  3. Pochven – 1.40 trillion (Triglavian)
  4. Vale of the Silent – 1.36 trillion (Fraternity)
  5. Delve – 1.20 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Sinq Laison – 1.82 trillion (High Sec)
  7. Lonetrek – 1.11 trillion (High Sec)
  8. Metropolis – 935 billion (High Sec)
  9. The Kalevala Expanse – 878 billion (PanFam)
  10. Genesis – 797 billion (High Sec)

Lots of stuff blows up in and around Jita.  Imagine that.  And, once again, wormholes don’t exist.

Trade

This should have gone first I guess, being the simplest data set, but I am sticking with the pattern of the previous few months.  Also, trade is kind of complicated this month.

Trade is complicated because the numbers show 527.38 trillion ISK in volume, down from the 623 trillion ISK recorded in January.  That is a bit of a drop off, and I am not sure where that came from.

The Doctor Who event wasn’t there to goose trade and Guardian’s Gala doesn’t push that as an activity, but did it have that much of an impact?  And then there was the invasion of Ukraine, which hit towards the end of the month.  But the drop was probably larger than that would account for as well.

The regional stats show trade down everywhere, especially in The Forge, home of Jita, where it was off by over 65 trillion ISK from January.

  1. The Forge – 383.81 trillion (Jita)
  2. Domain – 38.92 trillion (Amarr)
  3. Lonetrek – 14.71 trillion (Caldari High Sec
  4. Sinq Laison – 14.27 trillion (Dodixie)
  5. Delve – 12.64 trillion (Imperium)
  6. Metropolis – 8.09 trillion (Hek)
  7. Heimatar – 6.75 trillion (Rens)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 5.95 trillion (PanFam)
  9. Vale of the Silent – 4.86 trillion (Fraternity)
  10. Insmother – 3.99 trillion (FI.RE)

So it goes?

ISK Faucets

Now in to the complicated end of the MER.

Feb 2022 – Faucet end of the chart big chart

Again, for those like myself whose eyes cannot decipher the tiny print in some of these new charts, the top faucets listed are:

  • Commodity – 36.2 trillion
  • Bounty Prizes – 22.9 trillion
  • Incursion Payouts – 11.7 trillion
  • ESS Bounty Payouts – 9.5 trillion
  • Trig Invasion Payouts – 8.6 trillion
  • Agent Mission Rewards 3.3 trillion

All of those are down a little bit, though commodities most of all, which were off by 8 trillion compared to January.  No event with commodities to turn in for February shows there.

The over time chart shows the decline more starkly.

Feb 2022 – Top Sinks and Faucets Over Time

With the NPC bounties and ESS payouts, where there are a couple of things in play.  First, CCP “fixed” an issue with the Dynamic Bounty System the bounty risk modifier to crash down to 50% in a lot of systems.  And then there was the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which caused the concurrent player count to drop off some, especially in early EUTZ.

With commodities it might not be as simple, as the commodity breakout chart shows.

Feb 2022 – Top Commodity Items Over Time

There is actually a spike on the red line, which is where event commodities get counted, so perhaps the Guardian’s Gala did have some turn ins.  The Sleeper turn-ins though, those seemed to have slipped mid-month, though they recovered towards the end.

But commodities are odd, and Sleeper components especially, because they don’t get counted when they drop, only when they get turned in.  If some big WH group got lazy for a week and didn’t go to k-space to turn things in, they might impact the line.  Maybe.

Meanwhile, for regional stats, here were the top locations for NPC bounties:

  1. Vale of the Silent – 2.33 trillion (Fraternity)
  2. Delve – 2.02 trillion (Imperium)
  3. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.83 trillion (PanFam)
  4. Fountain – 1.40 trillion (Imperium)
  5. Malpais – 942 billion (PanFam)
  6. Querious – 931 billion (Imperium)
  7. Catch – 921 billion (Imperium/Others)
  8. Insmother – 909 billion (FI.RE)
  9. Outer Passage – 882 billion (TEST)
  10. Tribute – 864 billion (Fraternity)

The usual null sec suspects are on that list, ratting away, filling up war chests for some future war… unless we’re getting one under way even as I write this.

And, February actually saw a net reduction of ISK in the game according to the ISK faucets and sinks chart.

The Feb 2022 balance of ISK

Faucets still well out paced sinks, but the “Active ISK Delta,” which is ISK removed from the game by CCP or excluded due to accounts being inactive for a set period of time (was it six months?) over came the faucets to end up with less ISK effectively in game at the end of February.

Finally, on the ISK front, we got an updated velocity of ISK chart, which goes out further into the historical data than the previous one, giving us a five year run rather than just two years.

Feb 2022 – Velocity of ISK

I am not a fan of this measurement, if only because of the “Active ISK Delta” from the image above, where CCP kind of gets to say how much ISK is in the game.  But the five year chart is a little more illustrative and worth a look even once.  But then you put the money supply chart next to it… well, below it I guess… now that they both run five years together and you can see how supply and velocity don’t always move as dramatically at the same time.

Feb 2022 – Money Supply

Of course, if money supply goes down and velocity goes down at the same time, as it does most recently… well, that raises questions.

Mining and Mining Related Things

And now the mining part of the post, where there are all sorts of bits and pieces of data.

As I noted last month, CCP has gone to a volume basis for measuring mining, saying that was a better way to see what was going on, but then they still give us their estimated ISK value of mining as well, in two different places.  First, there is the chart up in the Production section at the start of the post which has a line for mining.

The data for that chart indicates that 27.58 trillion ISK in value was mined, which is down more than 5 trillion ISK from January.  Quite a fall.

Then there is the new regional economic data chart, which one assumes represents the “good” data that CCP says it uses.  There is no .csv file for that, but if you go tally up the mining totals by hand… which I did… you get 22.46 trillion ISK in value.

Feb 2022 – Summary of Regional Stats

The gap between the two numbers is about 5 trillion ISK, which was the same amount it was last month.  I will watch that in months to come, but that could be the gap in the different data collections because, as I will point out when it comes to gas mining numbers below, regional stats DO NOT include wormhole space, and people apparently live there and do things.

Who knew?  Maybe we should count them.

CCP also gives us a mining value by region chart, so we get two versions of the same data, because both this and the other regional chart align in values, though the round at different degrees of precision.

Feb 2022 – Mining Value by Region

That chart is nicely in order from largest to smallest, so we can see the top ten regions.  But, in case you cannot read that tiny print, here are the top ten:

  1. Delve – 1.39 trillion (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 1.31 trillion (Fraternity)
  3. The Forge – 954 billion (High Sec)
  4. Metropolis – 928 billion (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 874 billion (High Sec)
  6. Outer Passage – 776 billion (TEST)
  7. The Kalevala Expanse – 763 billion (PanFam)
  8. Fountain – 757 billion (Imperium)
  9. Etherium Reach – 673 billion (PanFam)
  10. Malpais – 661 billion (PanFam)

That, by the way, is exactly the same list of regions as last month, in almost the same order.  All of them were down from January, as one would expect given the totals were down as well.

The there is the volume mine by resource type, which comes in four flavors.

Asteroid Ore

The top ten regions for that were:

  1. Sinq Laison – 2.49 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. Metropolis – 2.38 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. The Forge – 2.27 billion m3 (High Sec)
  4. Lonetrek – 2.22 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Domain – 2.14 billion m3 (High Sec)
  6. Heimatar – 2.03 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Delve – 1.63 billion m3 (Imperium)
  8. The Citadel – 1.45 billion m3 (High Sec)
  9. Tash-Murkon – 1.37 billion m3 (High Sec)
  10. Everyshore – 1.26 billion m3 (High Sec)

Asteroid mining is very much a high sec thing now, save for Delve, where the Imperium does persist with mining anomalies.

The over time chart below reinforces this, with high sec mining being in blue.

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

Null sec is red, and that tiny orange band is low sec.  CCP can shift around ore all they want, people just aren’t going to mine there I guess.

Gas Mining

This is primarily a wormhole space thing, though CCP did add more k-space gas sites.  So the over time chart shows

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

Gas not mined in wormhole space appears to mostly come from null sec and low sec, though a bit is mind in high sec.  The top regions, which do not include wormhole space, were:

  1. Delve – 23.38 million m3 (Imperium)
  2. Aridia – 17.05 million m3 (Low Sec)
  3. Placid – 17.02 million m3 (Low Sec)
  4. The Forge – 14.67 million m3 (High Sec)
  5. Lonetrek – 13.97 million m3 (High Sec)
  6. Vale of the Silent – 13.79 million m3 (Fraternity)
  7. Solitude – 11.45 million m3 (High/Low Sec)
  8. Fountain – 10.25 million m3 (Imperium)
  9. Outer Ring – 9.31 million m3 (NPC Null Sec)
  10. Derelik – 8.86 million m3 (High/Low Sec)

Again, the Imperium puts in the effort and mined its gas producing constellation hard.

For ice mining, like asteroid mining, high sec is where the action is, though more null sec areas appear on the list because ice means fuel for capital ships.  The split is between those two regions.

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

As for the top regions, in February they were:

  1. Metropolis – 3.00 billion m3 (High Sec)
  2. The Forge – 2.89 billion m3 (High Sec)
  3. Delve – 2.33 billion m3 (Imperium)
  4. Everyshore – 1.88 billion m3 (High Sec)
  5. Vale of the Silent – 1.76 billion m3 (Fraternity)
  6. Domain – 1.56 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Lonetrek – 1.49 billion m3 (High Sec)
  8. The Kalevala Expanse – 1.34 billion m3 (PanFam)
  9. Kador – 1.09 billion m3 (High Sec)
  10. Solitude – 1.02 billion m3 (High Sec)

Moon Mining

The final of the four resource gathering charts, moon mining seems like it would be a majority null sec, but those 0.5 security high sec systems, where moon mining is possible, add up.

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

As I noted last time, low sec isn’t a moon mining power at all.

The top regions for moon mining in February were:

  1. Delve – 3.63 billion m3 (Imperium)
  2. Vale of the Silent – 3.09 billion m3 (Fraternity)
  3. Domain – 2.47 billion m3 (High Sec)
  4. Outer Passage – 2.00 billion m3 (TEST)
  5. Insmother – 1.89 billion m3 (FI.RE)
  6. The Forge – 1.70 billion m3 (High Sec)
  7. Metropolis – 1.59 billion m3 (High Sec)
  8. Etherium Reach – 1.52 billion m3 (Imperium)
  9. Fountain – 1.46 billion m3 (High Sec)
  10. The Citadel – 1.38 billion m3 (High Sec)
  11. Detorid – 1.36 billion m3 (PanFam)

As you can see, the big groups have moon operations going, but key high sec regions, especially around the trade hubs of Jita and Amarr, are active to keep those supplied.

And where did all of that put mineral prices?

Feb 2022 – Economic Indices

It looks like they are creeping back up.  Not a lot, but they are still well above an pre-2020 historical high by quite a lot.

With mining we will have to see if the compression mechanics introduced last week will boost interest in mining… or if the ongoing war in Ukraine will keep enough players unable to play to have an impact.  I fear the war won’t be over soon.

Since I often refer back to the previous months, I will take up linking the previous three (or so) at the end of each MER post.

And, of course, you can always click on the Monthly Economic Report tag on the site and scroll down to see all past posts.

And, as usual, if you want to see the data and all the other charts… and I only include a few in these posts… you can find them in the download package with the MER dev blog.

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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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.