EVE Online’s CCP Games suggests the real-life politician it banned for insider trading might not be guilty after all

    
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Earlier this month, we covered an emerging scandal in EVE Online: CCP Games had announced that it had removed a member of the current player body, the Council of Stellar Management, accusing Brian “Brisc Rubal” Schoeneman of leaking NDA-bound information used for insider trading. Two alleged accomplices were also banned. The story blew up in part because Schoeneman had been previously spotlighted for his day job as a GOP lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and because he had strenuously denied the accusations across social media.

CCP is generally pretty terse on topics like these; it seldom makes a first statement about a ban, let alone a second, but that’s exactly what we’ve gotten, and while it doesn’t exactly exonerate the three players affected, it does cast some doubt on how ironclad the evidence was in the first place. Here’s the core of the statement:

“We have held further discussions with the affected parties. We have also been conducting an internal review to substantiate the evidence available to us and evaluate our handling of the situation. We intend to share a full follow-up statement next week. Transparency, fairness and trust is of utmost importance to us, which is why we’re issuing this brief update while also taking the time to ensure that we conduct a thorough investigation. We understand that there are many questions lingering over the incident, and we want to assure you that we take this matter very seriously. Both the sanctity of the CSM and the relationship we have with our players is of paramount importance to CCP.”

The studio also promises it’ll issue apologies and reparations for “any mistakes for which [it was] responsible.” Yikes.

Source: CCP. Thanks, Wilhelm!
Update 04/25/2019
CCP has withdrawn all of the accusations against this player and the other players involved, making heavy apologies and promising to reinstate their accounts.
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Armsman

So looks like elements of the current CSM framed another member for maybe making suggestions, or requesting focus on parts of the game said other CSM members didn’t want touched…
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Sorry, but based on CCP’s first statement that’s how it comes across; and because the evidence was from other ‘upstanding’ CSM members it was automatically believed BEFORE any real investigation – BUT, because it’s turned into yet ANOTHER CCP (and EVE) PR disaster – NOW, CCP is starting an actual investigation…

And this id why (after playing EVE for 2 years from 2006-2008) and seeing how CCP then ENCOURAGED and LAUDED there hardcore playerbase for these types of things (IE framing and scamming others, and if you complained their response was: “Harden the F*ck up…”

So, yeah 10+ years later, same situation, and same game (and IMO Corporate CCP environment). No wonder these guys can’t create a new game to ‘grow’ their company profits OR innovate EVE (as heaven forbid they alienate the EVE ‘old guard’ and even after closing what, 4 studios in other counties) as they’re afraid to really touch/modernize their one cash cow.

Same s*it, different decade.

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Ririrawr

eve drama… the reality based soap opera… i will never get into it, but maaan it is fun to read the summaries~

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socontrariwise

Ouch, not even subjunctive but “mistakes for which we are responsible” as well as “erroneous actions we’ve taken”. Sounds like someone had a lawyer involved and there is substantial misreporting that could be looked at as defamation …?

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hoylegu

The title is very misleading. Lobbyists aren’t politicians, by any stretch of the word. They aren’t elected officials nor have they been appointed to their job by elected officials. They don’t create policy; they merely influence others to do so. Feels sensationalistic using “politician” in the title.

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socontrariwise

Aren’t dictionaries a grand thing?
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politician
A professional lobbyist for a political party is definitely a politician.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

He has run for political office and referred to himself as a politician in his campaign for a spot on the CSM.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Given that the bans were said to have come about based on evidence provided by other members of the CSM probably means that the drama has a long way to go before its day is done.

Don’t start arguments with people who buy ink by the barrel or lawyers who suddenly have a whole bunch of free time.

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PanagiotisLial1

From what I understood the guy is also a lawyer according to his social media profile – you get the meaning, right? Being too fast to ban in games with incentives to hit under the belt people with power is not a good choice. They should had done the investigation first. That reminds me the false bans on their parent company recently