After coming out swinging against the Goonswarm corruption allegations last week, Eve brings out the good cop; in an interview with the New York Times, CCP’s CEO announces that they are setting up a player-run oversight committee.
The company will then fly those players to Iceland regularly so they can audit CCP’s operations and report back to their player-constituents. And taking cues from transitions to democracy in the developing world, CCP says it will call in election monitors from universities in Europe and the United States.
“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,” Hilmar Petursson, CCP’s chief executive, said in a telephone interview. “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.”
Election… monitors? I mean, I know the wonks at Terra Nova have their bags packed ready to go anywhere at a moment’s notice, but this is getting too surreal, even for Eve.
The response of Goonswarm partisans:
…It will be hilarious when the oversight committee turns out to be five BoB/minions and four random Empire players that have never gone below 0.5 sec.
Yep, can’t win. Just like politics in the real world.