Player analyst believes EVE Online concurrency is at its lowest point since 2008

    
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If your answer about how to play is to just wait for a while, I don't think we'll be friends.

It’s really difficult to be sure about how EVE Online is doing, since CCP Games has stopped releasing subscription numbers on a regular basis. But there are still statistics available, albeit ones that are often presented in such a way as to obscure understanding by the average player. Former CSM member Jestertrek took it upon himself to analyze and present that data in a straightforward and comprehensible form, which leads to a stark and obvious display that the game’s player concurrency is currently at a seven-year low.

Jestertrek has posted several different graphs along with a supplementary post to explain what other peaks and valleys represent, and while he admits freely that the analysis is not perfect, it’s as official as you can get without an actual announcement from CCP. He also goes on to state that none of this means that the game is dying, simply that its entrenched base is shrinking and new arrivals are becoming less common. Whether you’re an EVE player or just a fascinated onlooker, it’s worth checking out the full post.

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Gibs
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Kazamx  A few thousands less players online than years ago, it seems to me. During EU-US peak time it doesn’t matter since there’s still plenty of people to shoot at. It’s a bit more noticeable outside prime time where it’s a more deserted than it used to be. ATM I see 26k players and rising (early EU peak time) and I’m pretty sure it used to be already above 30 at this hour, once.

Gibs
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Specus Gibs Nyphur Ironwu as I was saying the big guys reorganized to counter exactly that putting more alliances in the same regions. While the small guys… still are few and can’t hold shit.

Bango
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Polyanna Indeed, but more so than just wishing to protect their investment – with groups such as CODE etc, it would seem to me that the established groups are turning on the new players as the source of “content” rather than the expansion and conquest of nullsec. As an eve player since 2010, I can readily assert that outside of the main trade hubs and their hinterlands, most systems are very quiet.

Dobablo
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Denice J Cook Based on what I read on gaming communities I am surprised that anyone plays anything. Apparently every gaming company has given itself a bad reputation over the past few years.

LordOfBread
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Esoteric Coyote People are not playing Eve like “DERP SPACE SETTING IMMA GONNA PLAY” – they play it for the player driven sandbox nature. None of the games you mentioned are sandbox. There are alternatives similiar to Eve now, like Perpeetuum, and even sandbox survival MMOs might draw in the average Eve player.

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Gibs Nyphur Ironwu One big difference between the big guys and the little guys is how much of their space gets used. The big guys own a lot of space that never gets used. This new sov system makes it easier for the little guys to grab space that the big guys never use and harder for the big guys to grab space from the little guys when they are using it all the time. It is still unclear if this unbalancing factor is enough to tip the scales, but we shall see.

Kazamx
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Boardwalker TheChiHawk

Are you sure? The whole point of the article is that the number of players has fallen to 2008 levels. The numbers playing are much lower than even during the Summer of Rage

Lateris
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Lateris

Denice J Cook Seriously, your supporting people not being banned for real life vandalism that breaks the law in a real country that exist in pure reality? Am I misreading you?>

Ket_Viliano
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MChrome Denice J Cook  What changed in 2011?

I started playing around then, and it’s really the only game I still sub to.

Phaserlight
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Phaserlight

It never was the only space MMO on the table, for the record.