On May 6th CCP are celebrating turning 8, and are giving their players a free gift to redeem in game.
Usually these are benign items that cannot be manufactured, with a recent trend towards one trick ponies to encourage players to look at new game features, like the Zephyr (Wormhole Exploration), Primae (Planetary Interaction) and Echelon (Incursions).
Strangely with free gifts, there usually seems to be a mini uproar in game about them not being of much use. I simply follow the motto of not looking a gift horse in the mouth, and appreciate it for the small token it is.
CCP used to give out these gifts to each pilot in game (so you get up to three on each account), but in more recent times you only get one per active account. In the blog above, they state the present will be available to “all pilots on active, paid accounts”. I have three spare slots across my accounts, so I might go fill them today just I case. It would hint that the gift will have no purpose (like the Apotheosis shuttle), or something they would like people to use / maybe lose a few because they know they have spares.
I had thought my PI installations would only require a couple visits a week, but that was overly optimistic. Having to move output between planets means I will have to visit at least once every two days. A more positive miscalculation is the possible value of PI – even in empire. My current installations (still not optimal) are earning over 3M a day, which adds up over a month.