In every narrative where a side is perceived as "good" their must also be a "bad", as you struggle to have one without the other. Sometimes it is quite obvious who the bad guys are, sometimes not.
Real life, at least on a world stage, mirrors this with recent baddies being paraded on our television screens on a nightly basis for consumption in-between shows of Worlds Worst
In Eve Online we currently have Goonswarm, perceived as many to be the ultimate of the bad. They are led by The Mittani, or Mittens if you prefer, who is half a step away from completing the transformation to megalomaniac with the required long haired white cat as is the EU requirement.
Those cats must shed terribly as Summer approaches.
Recently Goonswarm have pushed the prices of some items to previously unheard of amounts. This is seen as evil and dastardly by the general populace, but what if you sell those items, especially if you're not in Goonswarm?
You'll think that all your in game prayers have been answered at once and provided they don't gank your mining barge where is the harm!
However I know of players who have left the game, or taken a long break, because their mining barge was ganked, players who have left null sec due to the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of massed fleets, players who have more or less given up due to the increasing hold they have over the game and potentially CCP.
Do I think that Goonswarm has a hold over CCP? No I don't but they certainly influence them, especially in these times of weak subscription numbers and the beginning of the return journey to greatness, but everybody influences CCP to some extent or another.
I'm not a fan of Goonswarm and especially not of "The Mittani".
However the game would be poorer without them.