eve-online.gifI feel like I’ve not shut up about EVE and their makers, CCP, this week, but this was too interesting a story to pass up. Over the last couple of months Players have been accusing CCP of favouring one of the in-game player alliances. This has prompted CCP to announce that they’ll be running elections for a kind of oversight committee. Players will vote for their representatives on the committee, who will then be flown out to Rekyavik by CCP at regular intervals and given the dubious task of auditing them and their interactions with the players.

The furore began earlier this year when it was discovered that a CCP employee, under the alias T20 had been passing valuable in-game items and information to the alliance he was a member of. The alliance in question returned the items to CCP and company policy was changed to prevent anything similar happening in future. Then on Memorial Day Weekend another alliance posted an open letter to CCP detailing various allegations of misconduct and claiming that they had been improperly infiltrated by a CCP developer. This matter has since been cleared up but the general feeling from players on forums, message boards and the ingam chat is that CCP has lost their trust.

Hilmar Petursson, CCP’s CEO has said:

“Perception is reality, and if a substantial part of our community feels like we are biased, whether it is true or not, it is true to them. Eve Online is not a computer game. It is an emerging nation, and we have to address it like a nation being accused of corruption. A government can’t just keep saying, â€ËWe are not corrupt.’ No one will believe them. Instead you have to create transparency and robust institutions and oversight in order to maintain the confidence of the population.”

And so, in what is probably a first in an MMOG, elections are being held. CCP have even been in touch with election monitors from various universities in Europe and the US to make sure everything is all done properly. We may be witnessing the emergence of the first online only nation, history in the making. This’ll be the last mention of the game this week, promise. (From The New York Times.)

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