We have a Python core. What does this mean? Bot dev is approachable and accessible to anyone (who is self-motivated, trustworthy, and most importantly has a history of being a positive member of the EG community).
This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn Python or develop bots for EG. As of right now we have a couple devs -- most notably King, Trained, Sann, and Chin -- who have done fantastic work. So the core is real and the development is active.
As examples, here are some Python bots:
A bot that has !roll that rolls a random number: http://pastebin.com/KgeysWvA
A bot that announces kills to the arena: http://pastebin.com/10c2XZw0
A bot that announces kill sprees to the arena: http://pastebin.com/NMEHmNmz
A bot that announces ship changes to the arena: http://pastebin.com/ZaAwcjCV
To give an idea of the core's capabilities, it is possible to write something up to the complexity of the pickup bot.
If you are interested in getting involved, contact me in-game. No programming experience is necessary, but self-motivation is a requirement.