EVE Online Executive Producer Andie ‘CCP Seagull’ Nordgren is leaving CCP Games [Updated]

    
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It’s always tough when a development studio loses one of its top people, but today’s news is sure to sting more than usual for both EVE Online players and the developers at CCP Games. We’ve just confirmed that Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren will be stepping down from her position as Executive Producer on EVE Online and leaving the company in about two months. Nordgren joined CCP in 2010 as a Technical Producer on the Core Technology Group before eventually spearheading the development direction of EVE as its Senior Producer and finally taking on a broader Executive Producer role in 2014.

Nordgren has been well liked by players for her clear vision of the future for EVE and open approach to development, and her interviews at events never fail to get us excited about what’s coming next for EVE. Most recently she has overseen the development of the Citadel, Lifeblood, and upcoming Into The Abyss expansions. CCP Games CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, who has reportedly been getting more directly involved in EVE‘s development recently, will be helping to transition Nordgren’s roles until a replacement is selected.

We first heard this news as a rumour from a tip and reached out to CCP Games for comment, and it supplied us with the following confirming statement.

“I can confirm that after eight years with CCP, Andie is returning to her native Sweden at the end of June where she is looking forward to raising her children closer to her family. CCP is arranging a seamless transition of Andie’s duties under the oversight of Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CCP’s CEO, until the position is filled.”  CCP Games (statement not under embargo)

A farewell forum post on Andie’s departure is due to be posted tomorrow; we’ll update this news post with any new information that comes to light.

Update: Andie Nordgren has just posted her farewell post on the EVE Online forums. It reads:

Dearest EVE Players

 

Due to family reasons, I’m leaving Iceland and CCP to move to my birth country of Sweden, where I’m looking forward to raising my children closer to the rest of my family. I wish I could be in two places at the same time – I am deeply passionate about EVE and the future of the game, and it’s with a heavy heart that I leave CCP, EVE Online and Iceland. But I also know that I’m leaving EVE in good hands. The plans you heard about from me at Fanfest belong to the whole team behind EVE Online – the many amazingly talented people working relentlessly behind the scenes to bring you EVE Online – and they also have the full support of CCP Hellmar. He’s overseeing a seamless transition of my duties, however we don’t have specifics to share at this time.

 

The EVE community is amazing and working for you and getting to meet so many of you has been such a journey and fantastic experience. I’m here for a little bit longer to wrap up and transition my duties, but by end of June I will have worked my last day at CCP. After that, I will be a lifelong friend and supporter of the game and this community. Farewell, fly well and thank you for everything. <3

 

/Andie Nordgren – CCP Seagull, Executive Producer EVE Online

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Arktouros

Okay but what did she say about Mining Barges for Alphas tho?

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Randy Savage

I know it’s a crazy concept in the Western world nowadays but, family should come before career.

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Utakata

Off-topic: Many have careers to support and raise their families currently. I am not sure what you mean.

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kgptzac

You know what’s another crazy concept in the Western world? Personal freedom and personal responsibility. This part of the world (and frankly, many other parts of the world) has progress much from the medieval concept of individuals being a cog in the clan machinery that has led to many suffering, inducing but not restricted to, arranged marriage.

That being said, I think CCP Seagull did a fairly good job in her position spearheading Eve Online, and I believe her choice to did a lot of good for not only Eve players, but herself as a free individual. We all can be captain hindsight from a PR statement, but it doesn’t mean we should do that. I for one, would congratulate on both her past and current choice regarding balancing her own career and family affairs.

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Randy Savage

Speaking of personal freedom and responsibility, if a woman chooses to be a mother, she shouldn’t be shamed by fourth wave feminists because she didn’t prioritize her career. If you want to really piss my wife off, call her “just a housewife” because she’s had to deal with that from some of her friends. My wife walked away from a lucrative career with a law firm because she wanted to stay home and raise the children, and she caught so much flack from it from her “progressive” friends that they’re no longer her friends. At a certain point, progression for the sake of progression starts to cannibalize itself and the very reasons progression was needed in the first place.

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Utakata

You know, if you let Mr. Drain do the talking for you, you needn’t have blown those dog whistles in politicizing this conversation.

Let it be said though, while some progressives I can see having issues with this to be fair, not all do. As there is nothing wrong with house spouses…to which I hoped at some point you offered put your career on the line to stay home and help raise the kids too. As well as you should know, house spouses are not gender specific. Just saying.

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Randy Savage

Well, I was responding to a politicized comment. But I supported my wife while she went to law school so I’ve played the house spouse role, as you put it. And I didn’t say all progressives. I was talking about the hardcore fourth wave feminists who act as if any form of motherhood is a step backwards for women. Let’s not ignore the fact that the Left has got its fair share of radical extremists just like the Right. My wife identified as progressive up until she was being shamed and insulted for exercising her right to choose that previous waves of feminism fought so hard for. There’s plenty of work still left to be done for sure, but shaming women for choosing to bear children and raise them themselves instead of paying strangers to do it should not be on the agenda.

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Utakata

…as you claim. I can also claim pigs fly too.

But I think it’s suffice to say progressives’ have more to worry about than fussing over individuals career choices. Which leads me to believe you are likely not arguing in good faith here beyond the anecdotal.

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Randy Savage

If your first instinct is to be this combative, you’ve been spending entirely too much time on the internet

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Utakata

That is entirely irrelevant to the conversation. /shrug

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Sally Bowls

Andie’s duties under the oversight of Hilmar Veigar Pétursson

It could just be me, but that sounds like hiring a bull to organize your china shop. I always assumed a key function of the EP was to protect and insulate the team from Hilmar.

Batten the hatches, there are rough seas ahead.

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Rheem Octuris

FYI, Bull in a China Shop has been disproven:

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Aaron Weddle

i cant find my seal of approval seal gif or id link it

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Bryan Correll

Pfft. A real china shop wouldn’t have enough room for a bull to do those maneuvers. Especially if you used a big holstein bull instead of those little steers.

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Sally Bowls

FFS Bree, please start using MOP’s superpowers for good! The hubris of a “biggest scandal” caused the DBG thing to happen. (And created a rift in time, altering the past ownership.)

CCP VR could not survive Brendan’s EVE Vegas coverage. Next some Brendan Fanfest coverage and boom someone who seems to have been doing a good job. (And a cause for hope that the 20-25 to one male/female ratio might get lowered) is gone.

Remember, not every New World article has to be published. Let my unrealistic hopes continue for a while longer.

:-)