As many of you will already know, the recent events regarding botting in Omist have led the community to believe that a director of the high sec war dec alliance, P I R A T was running the operation. This has already been discussed extensively and will not be addressed here.
So I wanted to ask the question, is P I R A T able to fund itself for its impressive number of war decs, or is it likely that some “outside source” of funding is maintaining their play style?
Some useful stats regarding P I R A T:
50 active PvP characters (ref. zKillboard)
188 active war decs, excluding mutual (ref. Eve Online alliance information).
Est. value of big kills in past week: 70B (First 6 pages of ZKill top kills)
Est. value of drops from big kills past week (first 6 pages of ZKill top kills): 13.45B
From P I R A T’s killboard, the first thing to strike me was their impressive range of kills, the highest of which were several billion ISK in value. But then I found myself asking at what cost did these kills come?
The minimum cost of war decs for PIRAT is 50m per war per week. From this, the minimum possible cost of hosting 188 wars, assuming all targets to be small is 9.4B ISK/week. Well, fair enough, the group could easily afford that. So I decided to delve a bit deeper and investigate how much extra it would come to for all of the big juicy alliances they are at war with. So, methodically, I went through the lot, testing in-game how much it will cost to declare war on each of them and, equally methodically, I totalled up the values. As it turned out the additional cost would come to a nice, round 20B/week.
So now we have a small group making 13.45B in the past week at an expense of 29.4B to maintain the war decs. I thought, perhaps, the other pages of kills which I have not read might be the source of this extra income, but alas, as it turned out most of the valuable drops were in the first two pages of top kills on Zkill. After around 6 pages, the bulk of every kill was in the ship value itself. We would also have to assume that members are looting all wrecks and donating all value back into the alliance war dec fund after selling articles. An unlikely situation to say the least.
This left me looking at a gaping 15B/week deficit in P I R A T’s finances. How possibly could they be obtaining this income to maintain their wars? Perhaps people are hiring them to harass others. Are P I R A T of the sort of quality that would entice players to hire them? Enough to cover 15B/week?
I’m not certain of what’s going on. All I can say with reliability is that their finances don’t seem to add up in the way we might expect.