Of course, real people, real players, not their capital alts. Community devs are now only two. Guard and Falcon. Thats enough for making announcements, the rest is in players hands and those devs that work on the game itself. I have to mention that CCP is now only around 250 people, and that is whoooole CCP with all the people working on CCP Nova, EVE, and maybe few other things, whatever they would be anyway (mobile games anyone?).
But people are leaving because the game is nothing “special” and “hyped”, the recent additions bringing more grind and less danger in null. Few ships and structures… And a lot of next gen space games are being developed around. Bit by bit, the gamers are split up between many games. Sometimes only returning to see whats changed, what is the state now.
EVE will be around for long time, but will not get 60k, 50k players anymore if not for some dramatic changes in EVE like maybe WIS.
Marketing must be aware of it.