Listen to the nice lady, she gets us back on EVE online, for free:
Up to November 2016, you had to pay monthly to keep playing beyond the trial period.
If I understand her correctly, existing as well as new accounts can be in one of two states: Paying customers will be omega clones, and freeloaders (yup, that’s me) ;) will be cheap mass produced alpha clones. When you start a new free account, or stop paying on your existing account, you are reborn as alpha clone. You can keep playing, but lose all pay-to-play omega skills.
Free accounts tend to atttact botters, but CCP is known to be pretty good with metrics, it wouldn’t surprise me if they could tell cheaters from real players.
Serious EVE players will keep paying for sure and enjoy their omega status. Skill level directly depends on the time you spent as paying customer, and highlevel accounts have much to lose: They can command huge ships and build citadels and whatnot. You can tell that my toon was pretty far away from reaching that state. ;)
I just wandered around in highsec with my buddies the probes, and scanned for anomalies (which contained loot) and signatures (which contained death-by-pirates). Trade economy you say? Gigantic fleet battles you say? That sounds kinda stressful, doesn’t it? Nah, my probes and I were happy being filthy casuals for a while. And seems from November on, I’ll have the opportunity to be a filthy casual again!