Don’t look now, but Eve has 300K subscribers. This number puts it above the peak of several luminaries, including UO, SWG, DAoC, and LOTRO (and closing in fast in EQ2). Not bad for a game where even it’s hardcore players admit its kind of like playing a spreadsheet.
One thing that’s always been striking about Eve’s success is how different it’s growth curve looks compared to the other games. UO, EQ2, etc all had big early peaks, followed by long, slow declines. By comparison, Eve started small, then grew very gradually, with that pace slowly accelerating. Continue reading