After a second quarter that featured the siege of the O-EIMK constellation in Delve, EVE Online witnessed a surge of activity as line members in null sec alliances returned to the game to participate in a climatic battle. In the second quarter of 2021 (April thru June), New Eden witnessed the least amount of damage since the introduction of Alpha clones in November 2016. Did activity pick up in July?
|In Q2 2021, New Eden dished out under 100 trillion ISK in damage.|
The first indicator of increased player engagement was the amount of the Active ISK Delta. The AID is the measure of how much ISK enters or leaves the economy due to players leaving or returning to the game. The AID also takes into account GM actions against rules breakers.
In June, the Active ISK Delta showed a net 67.8 trillion ISK leaving the game due to players not logging into their accounts for at least 30 days. In July, the figure fell to only 16.2 trillion ISK departing the game. A figure that low is an indicator players are returning to the game.
While the Active ISK Delta showed improvement, that doesn't necessarily translate to increased output for the economy. We need to know when players started coming back into the game. The money supply data typically shows that.
The data shows a dramatic increase in the money supply occurred beginning on 27 July. From 27 July until 9 August, the money supply rose by 5.6%. Notably, two events occurred. On 25 July PAPI alliances held townhall meetings telling their line members to prepare for a major attack on the Imperium's stronghold in Delve. Then on 27 July CCP launched The Grand Heist. One of the highlights of the event was a handout trickled out over 5 days of a maximum of 235 million ISK to players with Omega accounts.
With the knowledge that the event handout artificially increased the money supply, let's looks at some of the measurable activity.
Destruction overall declined 2.5% in July. Not bad performance for a July. The stalemate in Delve helped contribute to destruction only declining 1.3% compared to June in null sec. But the level of destruction in New Eden is the lowest since the introduction of Alpha accounts in November 2016. Compared to the first month of the current war, destruction is down 25.2% in known space and 28.1% in null sec. Perhaps the most telling data point is that compared to the last month of peace in June 2020, destruction is down 40.9% outside wormholes, but only 33.9% in null sec.