The population of EVE grew sharply in Q4. This jump is attributed to the Trinity expansion and continued interest for EVE. By the end of 2007, there were 220,000 active subscribers representing 460,000 player characters-a 14% increase from the 192,000 subscribers on October 1st, 2007. The average number of characters per account fell from 2.2 at the end of Q3 to 2.04 at the end of Q4 2007. This is most likely due to the increased number of new subscribers that have not fully utilized their character options. Further growth is expected in subscriber numbers and thus characters as well. We therefore estimate that by the end of Q2 2008, we will have more than 250,000 subscribers representing 500,000+ characters in EVE.
EVE is a vast universe of more than 5000 solar systems distributed over 66 regions. Each region and each solar system is unique in terms of ore type combinations, quantities and distribution of agents. In such a vast environment where the risk and time cost of transportation between systems is significant, we decided to audit the movement of characters.