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Number of players dropped to less than half in Hek

Zaius Caltar
Garoun Investment Bank
Gallente Federation
#1 - 2017-06-28 21:34:44 UTC  |  Edited by: Zaius Caltar
So yes i am a trader and i noticed that business is very dry after my return in 2017. The number of pilots in hek local have dropped to less than half compared to what it was in 2014. Same applies to Metropolis region.

Is this because hek is no longer a trade hub and pilots moved elsewhere?

or is it because many players have quit EVE in the past 3 years?

Mhari Dson
Lazy Brothers Inc
#2 - 2017-06-28 22:35:47 UTC
Jita and Amarr have the same issue, I do believe part is a decentralization of trade, but part is a serious drop in daily logins.
Black Rose Fleet Strategics
#3 - 2017-06-29 02:46:29 UTC
As a Bucaneer, I have discovered the absence of the population that Hek used to have has affected trade to some extent but moreover trade has moved to Rens for reasons I believe involving Faction Warfare and Safety. In my return, I unfortunately had the displeasure of meeting the Carebears known as CODE who were causing problems for business in terms of mining and manufacturing but even they have left metropolis for more lucrative waters. My intel suggests the current buy prices for ores and minerals in Hek are deterrant for miners as the current rate makes jita appear more profitable, since I work with a collective of minmatar industrialists.

Another aspect to consider is lack of Alliance investment into the region since back in 2010 near the end of the war between Goonswarm and Band of Brothers, Hek was infested Goon affiliated gangs that have been now absorbed into the alliance and no longer have interest in the territory. Most major alliances I know of have all their economic interests focused on Jita, even Goons despite they are super close to Amarr, because of how many players are there in a given moment searching for the best deal. Personally, and Corporately, I blame neglect from Alliances failed to diversify their economic portfolios outside of Jita and their territory because any smart alliance would take their time to spread their influence into Hi-sec and low sec.

Basically too many eggs in one Basket, and certain alliance politics have effect on trade in various regions