Competition died down a bit after the broker-relations and relisting-fee changes. Some of it was players laying off, but it really felt like a lot of it was bots disappearing.
In the last week, though – and particularly this past weekend – the market competition (in JIta, at least) has exploded. It’s almost back to pre-change levels, with tons of traders frequently updating their orders.
Now maybe it’s players piling back in to the market after sititng it out for a little while.
But it really feels like what we’re seeing is the bot-makers took a few weeks to rewrite their code to handle the changes – and now they’re back.
I have no evidence either way – but the change is highly noticeable, and the behavior of the new traders is pretty bot-like, IMO.
Maybe CCP should check into any trader who was a regular before the change, and has now returned after a weeks-long break.