EVE Online has banned a CSM member (and real-world politician) over an NDA breach and insider trading

    
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Who wants some EVE Online political drama to cap off the afternoon? CCP Games announced today that it has removed a member of the current Council of Stellar Management, the player-elected body that advises CCP on the game’s development. The studio has accused Brisc Rubal – Brian W. Schoeneman in real life – of “sharing confidential information with a member of his alliance that was later used by another alliance member to conduct illicit in-game transactions.” Consequently, the studio says it’s booted him from the CSM, barred him from future elections, confiscated “all the illicit assets and ISK” related to the incident, and banned all of his accounts.

According to the company, it was the CSM that pointed CCP to the misconduct; the studio has further intimated that it’ll block electronics in future CSM sessions to make NDA breaches and insider trading less tempting.

“This misconduct was brought to us by the CSM themselves as an immediate threat to the integrity of the CSM as an institution. CCP’s stance on this is clear: regardless of the type of information shared, acts like this go against everything that the Council of Stellar Management stands for and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.”

The player says he doesn’t understand why he was banned and has denied “any wrongdoing.”

Source: Official site, Twitter. Thanks, Wilhelm!
Update
Reddit is on fire with memes, naturally, as folks began to realize the player has previously been spotlighted for his public role as a GOP lobbyist in real life. While CCP Games hasn’t issued any additional statements about its actions, the banned player has, including an interview and a lengthy Reddit denial of the accusations during which he claims CCP Games hasn’t responded to his requests for more information about his removal. Perhaps the most interesting thing to come of it is the news that two other players were banned for a year for what seems to be their having benefited from the insider trading knowledge.

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Covynant001
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Covynant001

EVE is a strange game, and seems to twist people’s ethics.

At least three times in my 10 years there a trusted officer went rogue and stole everything, corp and personal assets.

I even had several apologize to me profusely as we were “friends” and try to justify why they were entitled to do such based on some in justice or other.

I asked one why he took my assets (wasn’t all that much) and he had no valid reason, but he didn’t return any of it.

I honestly could never do this to anyone I once considered friends, have quit many a gaming guild or corp and never stolen assets which did not belong to me, no matter how pissed I was at the time. (And often left some of my assets behind)

We live in a fallen world, at least when it comes to EVE.

;)

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Bruno Brito

EVE is a strange game, and seems to twist people’s ethics.

That’s an excuse.

Alyn
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Alyn

Doesn’t it seem in all the years Eve’s been out, that ever so often we get some controversy that seems to drive the news cycle for a while. CCP bothers me. Is there an ethics problem? Yeah, I suppose it’s the roleplay element-

I have stayed far, far away from this environment. I can say I wouldn’t miss CCP or their so called mmo, Eve if it were to be closed down. Nope, not one bit.

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Armsbend

That guy’s twitter page with this story is beyond weird. Too much to calculate.

Eve so completely normal.

Alomar
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Alomar

I know all 3 of these individuals, and I can say that without a doubt the two who were supposedly “benefiting” from the leakage did nothing wrong. CCP has a long history of banning players with little information, no transparency as to the evidence, and with no appeal process.

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Bruno Brito

That’s the politician, right?

Okay.

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Castagere Shaikura

Nothing surprises about this game and its players.

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leihngwei

Remember the video CCP made encouraging players to join a corp, so they can steal from their bank and get revenge for being randomly killed by a member? Is this not how they wanted the players to play their game?

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

It’s all part of the EVE meta-game.
Remember, it ain’t cheating unless you get caught… and he got caught.

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Armsman

Very true. It’s a main reason I now steer clear of EVE Online. The Devs encourage this EXACT type off behavior in their game; so it’s not shocking that in the greater extended ‘metagame’ even ‘trusted’ volunteers do something like this.

And yes (IMO) ist’s ALSO possible he pissed off the other 9 members of CCP’s CSM and they got together and somehow framed him good.

Either way – this doesn’t make CCP’s overall management of the game look good, no matter what the truth of all this actually is (IE 3 people profited from a breach on an NDA – got caught and were banned/CSM framed one of its own members for whatever reason.).

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F1Seb

Exactly one of the reasons I stopped playing. I played eve when you could log into Jita and have helpful people to talk to in chat. Now there’s nothing but scammers and shills and according to EVE devs, it’s all part of the game!!!! Player created content!!! I receive enough scam calls on my cell during the day, I don’t want to put up with that horse shit in a game where I’m supposed to enjoy my time. One of obvious reasons why new people will not stay.

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Nathan Aldana

it aint cheating unless you got caught is also a time-honored GOP Tradition.

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Tobias Frank

According to rumours Dark Shines and Pandoralica (also high-profile players in his alliance) got an one year ban for involvement in this.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

CCP by tradition does not discuss or elaborate on such bans, so unless they find some extraordinary evidence that clears Brisc, this is likely all we will ever hear officially on the subject.