EVE Online begins CSM14 election season as Chinese corp plots takeover of Tranquility

    
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Following the drama surrounding the EVE Online’s Council of Stellar Management during its 13th season – which was capped off with the very public ousting of a CSM member over what turned out to be completely untrue allegations of insider trading and resulted in an embarrassing retraction and apology for the studio – CCP is now turning its attention to CSM14. Through the 12th of May, the company is accepting applications for the player council, which allows the playerbase to elect 10 representatives to work with CCP to guide the game’s development. Voting will begin mid-June.

Meanwhile, Kotaku has a fun piece up this week on a potentially huge shake-up of the EVE Online meta: Apparently, the biggest player corporation (guild) on the Chinese server, Serenity, is planning to migrate over to the international server to give the current kings and queens of Tranquility a run for their money. Kotaku suggests multiple reasons for the move, including the prevailing belief that this guild, PIBC, “seems to have achieved as close to total victory as a group can expect to in EVE Online” and is looking for a new challenge.

Now, sandbox players may be objecting right about now, given that a single guild controlling an entire server is about the worst thing that can happen to a sandbox MMO in terms of driving away players who aren’t in that group. I’ve even seen gamers argue that there’s already too much of that on Tranquility already, even with all the drama and dé tentes. However, it’s going to be interesting to spectate from the sidelines if it goes through, so best order your space popcorn now.

Source: CSM, Kotaku. Thanks Wilhelm!
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Strana M

You can expect a lot of the anti-Chinese stuff that happened in Atlas to happen in EvE.

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Alomar

Why run for CSM? So you can be falsely accused by fellow CSM members, then perma-banned without any due process by the developer, and then have your name run through the mud on websites such as this where I saw it happen. No thanks, the internet is dark and full of terrors.

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kofteburger

I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords.

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Alex Willis

Meh, I’d say this is an overblown concern. EVE is a vastly difficult game to control in its entirety. Any time something resembling hegemony has come into play, it has after a brief or at longest medium term exploded into dozens of fractious splinters. As it should be.

I say let them try. And let those who wish to resist fight them off. This is what EVE is all about.

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K38FishTacos

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Wilhelm Arcturus

This is something of the latest influx from Serenity, as the China server is called. Previously we had an influx from those who lost the big war there, who coalesced into a few groups, the most notable being the Fraternity and Ranger Regiment alliances, which have settled in null sec space. In addition, a bunch of PIBC players came over last year and joined the corp P.L.A, which is in the Goonswarm Federation alliance. So the rest of PBIC showing up seems to finish the exodus from Serenity.

Rooks & Kings did a good video late last summer about how PBIC won the war on Serenity and the start of the exodus from Serenity.

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laelgon

Sounds like a complete shit show is about to happen, if past experience with sandbox MMOs without region lock is any indication.

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John Mclain

While true, EvE is a much harder game to cheat/hack in than most games, so the Chinese players are mostly relegated to poor to medicore players that simply have numbers without the aid of cheat/hacks to bolster them.

PS: In addition China is preparing to block all VPNs in the not too distant future, which would cut off all these players from Tranq anyway if I’m not mistaken. (Not 100% sure tranq is blocked, but since the Chinese have their own server, I’d wager it is.)

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Ironwu

This may be one that CCP wants to not allow to happen. There are just so many ways this can go wrong in a real world sense.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Not really. Tranquility is already a world-wide server, except for China. There are lots of national groups that line up to play together. As I mentioned in my own comment, we already have some big groups from Serenity on Tranquility. Another estimated 2,000 players are not going to tip the balance. And the Chinese groups that arrived before them are the people they beat on Serenity, so an opposition force in their time zone already exists.

Basically, Serenity fell apart because the company running for CCP in China it didn’t care to do anything about botting or RMT, which destroyed the economy and drove out all but the hardcore… and the botters… at which point the population was small enough that one group could dominate the server.