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Pétur Óskarsson Discusses The Council Of Stellar Management
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Warcry Network recently posted a new interview with CCP Games' Pétur Óskarsson. The article examines the recently formed Council of Stellar Management in the sci-fi MMO EVE Online. The council is made up of players who voice the concerns of the game community to the developers. The new council is entirely elected by the game's player base, with elections held every six months.

WarCry: Tell me about the CSM, where did the idea come from?
Pétur Óskarsson: In the beginning, we had the CSM and back in 2003 we advertised for volunteers. We then hand-picked the volunteers based on our criteria, things like size of corporation, play style, time in the game. That kind of fell off in 2004, and we are reviving it with the improvement that players are going to elect the candidates to the Council. Once a member is elected they will be flown once per term to Iceland, and the terms will be six months. We hope that they serve as a conduit from the players to us. They will not have any official power, meaning they cannot veto designs or changes to the game but they will have a voice and be able to state their opinions and give input.
Everyone can run, we in no way want to limit the participation. Well, maybe limit it for the players that have threatened to kill us (laughs). Everyone can vote however and it will be one vote for each account. Players will run under their real names and be tied to their in game persona so others can relate to you better. Right now we have plans for nine positions to make up the CSM.
We wanted to open it up to let the players elect them because if we were to just select candidates, we would effectively be selecting what we wanted them to say. By having the players select them, we are opening up a can of worms but nonetheless we are not controlling the input, they can bring up anything they want to. It will be very difficult for the first year but we see it as good for EVE in the long term and we hope to get the best results.
To read the rest of the Q&A follow the link below.

WarCry Network: EVE Online Q&A
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