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Posted on June 9, 2007, Ron Whitaker CCP to Hold Ombudsman Elections For EVE Online
Back on Memorial Day Weekend, I told you about the recent allegations of dev misconduct in EVE Online. In the wake of those allegations, a number of players came out on the forums, and basically said that they just didn’t trust CCP anymore.
In an effort to regain that player trust, CCP will be holding elections for players to select members of an oversight committee.
The players selected for this committee will be flown to Iceland regularly to audit CCP’s operations. Afterward, they will report back to the players. CCP is even planning on bringing in election monitors from universities in Europe and the US.
Hilmar Petursson, CCP’s chief executive, 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, ‘We 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.”
The elections for these ombudsmen will be held this fall. Petursson continued, “I envision this council being made up of nine members selected by the players themselves, where you announce your candidacy, and if you win the election, they come here to Iceland, and they can look at every nook and cranny and get to see that we are here to run this company on a professional basis. They can see that we did not make this game to win it.”
This is an unprecedented move on the part of CCP, and may be just the thing they need to win back the trust of many of their players. The only question is, will the company become too transparent? How much of the fun of an MMO is in not knowing what’s ahead? How much access will these ombudsmen have to planned content, and will they be required to sign any sort of an NDA on new content?
The answers to these questions will hopefully be forthcoming in the near future. Still, it’s an elegant sultion, and one I am sure other companies will watch with interest.
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