Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mittens Receives Penalty

Just when I was thinking the "Mittens" situation was going to be swept under the rug CCP have released this statement.

Quoted below.

"As some of you might have heard, one of the Alliance leaders speaking at the Alliance Panel during EVE Fanfest 2012 breached our EULA/TOS with some ill-advised remarks about a fellow EVE player. It goes without saying that CCP deeply regrets this incident and will work towards reducing any possibility of this happening again in the future.

CCP requested that all panel PowerPoint presentations and discussion topics be handed in beforehand for approval. Regrettably, the offending comments were made during an unscripted Q&A session after the main presentations.

Following a thorough internal review CCP has decided to respond to this clear violation of our Terms of Service and wholly inappropriate use of the Alliance Panel. According to our existing policies, we have issued a 30 day ban from EVE Online to the panel speaker.

The policy of CCP is not to publicly discuss warnings and bans on an individual basis. This situation is entirely unique because the panel was displayed via CCP’s Fanfest video stream component, a platform analogous to our forums. As a result we have published this statement due to the special circumstances involved. However, our policy remains that we will not publicly discuss warnings and bans.

The panelist has subsequently posted a public apology as well as a private apology to the victim of his attack. He has also resigned from his position as Chairman of CSM 6 and has forfeited his right to serve on CSM 7. As per our policies, this candidate may be eligible to run at a later date subject to candidacy review.

The Council of Stellar Management is a democratically elected council that represents the players of EVE Online. Although council members may represent the players in any manner they choose, being a council member does not permit actions or playstyles that violate our policies."

So a thirty day ban, removal from CSM6 and he cannot now serve on CSM7.

The ban doesn't mean much as he and other goon leadership can control the minions via jabber or any number of other methods.

Removal from CSM6 is pretty tame as that was almost over anyway.

However the ban from CSM7 is probably the major penalty, especially considering the amount of goon drones that voted for him in comparison to the other candidates.

A brave move by CCP which will no doubt highly annoy the most vocal, if not the largest, power base in Eve Online.

I expect the next twelve months will be full of goon and goon proxies complaining long and loud that CSM7 doesn't represent Eve Online gamers and has no mandate.

They certainly know who to blame about that.

HINT - It's not CCP.

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