"The biggest reason is that it is getting increasingly difficult to get any useful numbers. Also many of the subscription based MMORPG's went free to play, and their companies tend to not give out useful active accounts numbers."Van Geel had a pretty good relationship through the years with CCP, even receiving data about EVE Online throughout the Summer of Rage in 2011, showing the ultimate 7.2% drop in subscriptions before the Crucible expansion drove numbers higher again. But that relationship apparently ended in the summer of 2012, as the last data point for the Tranquility server was for May 2012. Van Geel had this to say about the Icelandic game company:
"As for the only growing subscription based MMORPG left, EVE Online, I no longer receive subscription numbers. CCP no longer responds to my requests.Since then, the only announcement of EVE Online subscriptions was made on 28 February 2013 when CCP put out a press release announcing that the game had surpassed 500,000 accounts. However, that number included China and players wound up estimating that Tranquility was home to approximately 400,000 accounts.
"It is a shame really, I doubt that their numbers are declining, but I lost a bit of confidence in CCP, I hope they will give out useful numbers to the public on a consistent basis."
I'd also like to hope that CCP will once again regularly release subscription statistics. I realize that the industry practice is to not release numbers unless absolutely necessary, like Activision does for World of Warcraft during its quarterly investor calls. But one of the things I like about CCP is its openness to the players about things other companies try to hide. At this point the only indicator the players have of the health of EVE is the average concurrency chart Chribba provides at EVE-Offline.net.
So if anyone is interested, Van Geer has made the charts and data he has collected over the years available for downloading. The links are:
- The archive : http://users.telenet.be/mmodata/Charts/And to Ibe Van Geer, thanks for all the work you put into making MMOData such a valuable resource.
- The blogspot : http://mmodata.blogspot.com/search/label/News