Here's the scores achieved by the squadrons at various places on the PC leaderboards (the general purpose leaderboards go quite a way past 1000 but I got tired of clicking and there's no "go to page" button, and I don't have the hardware to see the console boards - if anyone wants to do the same for XBox or PS4, that'd be good)

The graphs have logarithmic scales on both axes, because as you might expect there are a few squadrons with lots of points and lots of squadrons with not many points, so if you use linear axes, all the action hides on them.

Other than a bit of irregularity in the top places, and a faster drop-off at the end of the distribution, on a log-log scale the graphs are mostly straight lines. This approximates a "power law" distribution, which isn't particularly surprising, but has some nice properties for estimation - you can conclude that the top 10 squadrons will have

*very*roughly as many points as the top 100 squadrons *except* the top 10, who will have very roughly as many points as the top 1000 squadrons without the top 100. It's an approximation, of course, because there are limits on how large a squadron can be and how much each person can do that there often aren't in a genuine power law - and similarly the minimum activity is limited because you can't get fractions of a point (and on some leaderboards you can't practically get less than a fairly large number)

This sort of pattern probably holds true for a lot of player activities - similar patterns have been seen in CG contributions - and is probably worth bearing in mind when thinking about how representative particular groups are: a really active group might be the best of its sort, but as an absolute fraction of all activity is probably nowhere near a majority. I've used the power law pattern to approximate the total number of points scored, to see how big the winners were.

Looking at the leaderboards specifically, starting with the specialist ones.

**Anti Xeno**- 81 pages:

- winning squadron: "Anti Xeno Initiative"

- winner's share of points: ~20%

- winner's size: 178 players

**CQC**- 78 pages:

- winning squadron: "CQC Discord"

- winner's share of points: ~15%

- winner's size: 25 players

**Powerplay**- 38 pages: (note, the requirement to be in a squadron aligned to the same power as you before your PP activity is counted to the squadron means that this probably substantially underestimates Powerplay activity compared with the other leaderboards)

- winning squadron: "Federal Liberal Command"

- winner's share of points: ~15%

- winner's size: 137 players

And now the much bigger general purpose ones, where it's sometimes tough *not* to contribute something if you're in the squadron

**Combat**- 573 pages:

- winning squadron: "The Winged Hussars"

- winner's share of points: ~1.5%

- winner's size: 261 players

**Exploration**- 609 pages:

- winning squadron: "Fleetcomm" (and three of the other DW2 squadrons in the top 6...)

- winner's share of points: ~3% (all four DW2 squadrons together ~10%)

- winner's size: 491 players

**Trade**- 583 pages:

- winning squadron: "Hutton Orbital Truckers"

- winner's share of points: ~1.5%

- winner's size: 283 players

As I said above, you can be huge and still not all that big. DW2 is the biggest exploration event ever by a massive margin - and a credit to its organisers that it's that large ... and it's perhaps 10% of all exploration activity (and given how active and organised they are, well under 10% of total

*players*). There are a

*lot*of players out there, more than most people realise - all the talk about "half the players being out of the bubble on DW2", etc. [1]

Bonus analysis:

- the combat leaderboard contains approximately enough points to get 150 Elite ranks

- the exploration leaderboard contains approximately enough points to get 2,500 Elite ranks

- the trader leaderboard contains approximately enough points to get 10,000 Elite ranks

- the CQC leaderboard contains approximately enough points to get 5 Elite ranks (CQC rank is *tough* to get the high ones)

*Very*roughly, CQC, Thargoids, and Powerplay all seem about as popular as each other ... and I'd guess they're all a bit more popular than CGs are nowadays though it's tough to compare numbers that way for various reasons. Note that the winning squadrons on the specialist leaderboard were all smaller than the general purpose counterparts - and made up a significantly larger fraction of the approximate total. The specialist boards are likely to be easier to break in to for a mid-sized squadron looking for a prize.

(It'd be interesting to see a similar analysis to this based on squadron sizes, but looking up squadron sizes is tedious so unless the interface improves I won't bother)

Season 2 is only a 28-day season, compared with season 1's 60 days (who knows?), so the absolute numbers will probably be quite a bit down next time - though on the other hand we only got our squadron at all about 1/3 of the way in, only fully together about 2/3 of the way in, and still won our board, so maybe not. It'll be interesting to compare the results in a month or so.

[1] As an aside, it'll be interesting to see what happens to the exploration leaderboard in Season 3, after DW2 has departed Sag A*, and they stop being able to regularly sell all that data they're collecting! Maybe someone else will be in with a chance of the trophies.