Sunday, May 5, 2013

Celebrating 10 Years With A PCU Record

Sunday saw Eve Online end its first decade of existence by setting a new peak concurrent users record.  The PCU of 65,303, recorded at 1908 GMT/UTC, broke the previous record of 63,170 set in January 2011.  Eve appeared poised to break the record earlier this year when Tranquility experienced a PCU of 60,476 on 3 March but three days later Team Security launched a new detection method targeting specific botting and client-masking software.  That effort contributed to an 8.2% decline in the average weekly concurrent user mark over a two-week period.

Sunday was only the sixth time that the daily PCU has exceeded 60,000 accounts.  Here is a list of the times.
  • 5 May 2013 - 65,303
  • 23 January 2011 - 63,170
  • 30 January 2011 - 62,333
  • 6 February 2011 - 60,782
  • 3 March 2013 - 60,476
  • 6 June 2010 - 60,453

12 comments:

  1. Good times, good times.

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  2. Will be interesting to see how many players had Xfire up for the day.

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    1. That's a good point. Could you use this information to calibrate the accuracy of your XFire statistics vis a vis the size of the active playerbase in other MMOs? Not that one can necessarily assume the same percentage of players use XFire in, say, Need For Speed World as EVE, but it's another data point.

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  3. Thanks to the DUST players. Without them, the PCU would have been a big disappointment.

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    1. Why? Did they all grab trial accounts? These numbers are for Eve players only.

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    2. Nope, Noizy. The numbers include DUST players, as well. See response below, to Tur.

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    3. @Anonymous - You are incorrect. If you don't want to accept the truth, I'm not going to worry about it.

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    4. @Noizy - All I've been offering you is the truth. Nothing more. If you choose to take the blue pill, then you are free to believe whatever you choose to believe.

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  4. @Anon, those number were for Tranquility ONLY... I know I was on and constantly spamming EvE Offline while we rolled our static looking for pew pew...

    DUST and DUSTers had nothing to do with it... Plus the DUST playerbase number passed EvE some time ago...

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    1. No. Despite misinformation which you've heard from others, DUST players are indeed included in the CCU on Sisi.

      David Reid confirmed this at Fanfest, when he said that CCP expects the combined count of EVE and DUST concurrent players to pass 100k sometime this year.

      The math is pretty simple. If there were 60K EVE players and 60K DUST players, then we would have already passed the 100K mark, and he would not have been talking about this happening in the future tense, but in the past tense.

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    2. CCP_Fozzie has said that DUST players are not being counted as part of the EVE concurrent players.

      https://twitter.com/CCP_Fozzie/status/293451520916221954

      That Reid said he expects that the combined total of the two games to exceed 100K does not mean that the EVE numbers include DUST. If that statement is your sole evidence, then you making a big assumption.

      Besides, David Reid... Tabula Rasa is Triple-A and here to stay... all the missing WoW players are playing Rift... I need confirmation if he says the sun is up at noon.

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