EVE Fanfest Alliance Panel Leads to Controversy for CSM Chairman

EVE Online CSM election results announced at Fanfest with a twist of controversy surrounding The Mittani.

Sins of a Solar Spymaster author and member of the notorious Goonswarm, The Mittani, reclaimed his seat as the player-elected Council of Stellar Management chairman following the latest elections for EVE Online with more than 10k votes. But The Mittani has found himself surrounded by a bit of controversy after the EVE Fanfest Alliance Panel. During the Alliance Panel, The Mittani made several references to his experiences in EVE Online via presentation. In the more controversial instance, The Mittani showed a conversation with a seemingly depressed player following a scam and in what has become the center of the controversy; The Mittani later gave the in-game name of the player to the crowd.

According to a report from Eurogamer, this has prompted CCP to investigate the issue. In the released statement, a CCP representaive stated:

"I want to reassure you that CCP in no way condones the harassment of players, especially those who suffer from depression or suicidal thoughts, as we understand the possible consequences of such abhorrent behaviour," CCP public relations and social media specialist Ned Coker said.

Cooker went on to explain that CCP has a suicide hotline that has helped some troubled players in the past and that they’ll be monitoring behavior directed at the player named in the game and vowed to make a full review of the panel and the process used for vetting its content.

"We are undertaking a full internal review of this panel as well as the process used for vetting the panel's materials. Even though this panel was billed as unfiltered by CCP, we expect public presentations to be courteous and professional towards others."

Needless to say, this has become a hot topic on the EVE Online forums with some players calling for The Mittani’s resignation as CSM, prompting The Mittani to drop a few posts of his own further elaborating on what he was saying.

Also, I didn't suggest that people evemail the guy. I suggested that they run locator agents on him and blow up his Mackinaws - which is exactly what locators are for.

Update: The Mittani has posted an appology about the panel with additional clarification. Thanks to Powers for the tip.

Source: Eurogamer

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