This time around we’re interested in the economy in Star Wars: The Old Republic.
- Are Bounty Hunters generally richer than other classes thanks to their high priced work?
- Do light side characters spend more time crafting than dark side characters?
- Are women more likely to use the GTN than men?
To answer these questions, Crowd Control will employ a brief survey after which our team of Darth Hater astromech droids will analyze the data in search of the most interesting trends and correlations. Subsequent installments will offer color commentary on the insights provided for your reading pleasure.
Please read on below the jump to take our two-minute survey, and let us know in the comments if you have ideas for future polls or analysis. Also note that any information you choose to share will not be used for any purposes outside of the scope of Crowd Control. If for any reason you prefer not to answer a particular question, just leave it blank. Thanks for participating, this project would not be possible without your support!
UPDATE: Results of the survey are now available. Thanks to all who participated!
|How rich are you?|
|Less than 250k||17%|
|Between 250k and 500k||17%|
|Between 500k and 750k||10%|
|Between 750k and 1 million||9%|
|Between 1 and 2 million||16%|
|Between 2 and 5 million||17%|
|Between 5 and 10 million||8%|
|More than 10 million||6%|
The 1 million credit mark seems to be right around the median, as it's almost a 50/50 split of people above and below that mark. Only 14% of players have more than 5 million credits.
|How many characters is that wealth spread across?|
|Between two and five.||53%|
|Between five and eight.||24%|
|Between eight and ten.||6%|
|More than ten.||2%|
The following chart shows the break down of wealth by "primary activity" - Players who prefer "Solo PvE" tend to be the poorest while players who prefer "Group PvE" are among the wealthiest.
|Primary Sources of Income (can choose more than one):|
|Selling crafted items on the GTN
|Selling raw crafting materials on the GTN
|Selling looted or other items (ie. gifts, schematics, etc.) on the GTN
|Selling crafted items via the Trade chat channel||2%|
|Selling raw crafting materials via the Trade chat channel||2%|
|Selling looted or other items (ie. gifts, schematics, etc.) via the Trade chat channel||3%|
|Buying low/selling high on the GTN
|Slicing (cash from lockboxes)||26%|
Two thirds of players said Daily Missions were one of their primary sources of income. Over a third of players said that Flashpoints/Operations loot was one of their primary sources of income. Around a quarter said Selling Crafted items on the GTN, Slicing, and Warzone rewards were among their primary income sources. And despite the "WTS" spam we see in the trade channel every day, only 2%-3% said selling items via the trade channel were among their primary sources of making money.
|What do you spend the majority of your money on?|
|Consumables (stims, medpacks, etc.)||3%|
|Equipment upgrades (high-end raid gear, PvP equipment, armor modifications, etc.)||33%|
|Vanity items (pets, vehicles, social armor, etc.)||3%|
|Extracting equipment modifications and/or adding augmentation slots||23%|
Equipment upgrades are the main expense for a third of the players. Legacy perks and the cost of extracting mods or adding augmentation slots seem to be effective money sinks, as almost a quarter of the players list each of those as their main expenses.
|Where does the majority of your money go?|
|Into thin air||45%|
Almost half of the players said “Into thin air” meaning expenses that don’t go back to other players via the GTN or to NPCs via repairs or vendor bought items. This seems to mesh with the previous numbers that have a good amount of the money going to Legacy perks and equipment modifications.