First, I compiled all of the data I've gathered and produced the following graph.
|The PLEX Ceiling|
I track three pieces of data: the price of 1 billion ISK obtained through the sale of PLEX in EVE's main trade hub of Jita, the lowest price of 1 billion ISK offered by any of the ISK sellers, and the median price offered by the ISK sellers. From 1 June to 31 August, the Jita price fell 4.2% while the lowest offered price by an ISK seller 25.7% and the median price rose 3.1%. If the price of ISK is supposed to put a ceiling on the secondary market, what happened?
I do know from monitoring from the user feedback on Player Auctions, a website that hosts numerous gold/plat/gil/ISK sellers for many online games, that CCP was having some success tracking down buyers of purchased ISK. July, in particular, saw Team Security produce a lot of RMT tears.
|A few tears collected from Player Auctions|
But not all ISK flows through the RMT sites. A lot flows through forums and individual sellers who don't have to pay the upkeep of a website. That's why I follow the activity at Player Auctions as best I can.
|Covering the releases of Kronos, Crius, and Hyperion|
One of the amusing trends I saw this summer is a steady increase in the amount of ISK sold. Below is the chart I published back in April covering the activity on Player Auctions for the first quarter of 2014.
|Q1 2014 data from Player Auctions|
|Real World Value|
|Comparing activity by daily average|
1. The secondary RMT (real money trading) market consists of those people who buy and sell ISK, PLEX, and items outside of CCP-approved sites and procedures. In the case of EVE Online, activity in the secondary RMT market violates the game's EULA and Terms of Service.
2. All prices in this post are given in U.S. dollars.