From GM Athenrye's ask GM thread. Some info on how many are playing and where its going. Also read the letter from the producer. A letter from the Producer reposted from main website
Can you make an estimation about the decrease in population in the servers now those 2 infamous cheating skills are server side?
Well, our average user population prior to CS/PS going server side was about 30k users at any given time of day. Since the skills went server side, the average is about 26k users. Take from that what you will.
Are sales going up? And the future looking brighter?
The future's always been bright, even when it seems like things are at their worst. I don't mean to sound critical, but things were never really quite as bad as the forums made them sound; it's just easy to focus on negativity when everyone around you is willing to do so as well. It compounds quickly and makes it all seem that much worse. For instance, players are enjoying the decrease in third party tools right now, but as soon as some hacker finds a way to make one work in any manner, undoubtedly the forums will be spammed with the usual bunch of 'the end is nigh' negativity.
Anyway, we have seen a gradual increase of revenue since the recent security updates and the introduction of the new EXP and DC Premiums. However, it's always wise in business to never put all of one's eggs in the same basket -- naturally, there will be further security updates and more player-focused content coming in the near future to further improve the game.