You might have seen Arkanon's recent devblog. You might also have been wondering why I have been relatively quiet of late. The reason for that is that I was giving CCP's new IA department a chance to prove itself, like I said I would. We all lost a lot of faith in CCP when T20 was outed as a cheater who abused his privileges, and when CCP tried to swipe it under the carpet, then failed to fire him for it when they had to admit defeat.
Kieron posted a discussion thread, and in response, I will say this: CCP Internal Affairs has been judged, and it has been found lacking. I have been slowly but surely receiving reports from agents that largely indicate that Arkanon is more or less a sham, who is either a front for restoring their lost legitimacy or who simply carries no weight at CCP aside from writing blogs about witch doctors and what a great guy he is - neither of which should surprise anyone at this point.
Outing Enslaver as a GM, which we have known about for some time, was largely a test run. I wanted to see for myself, with a high profile case, if Arkanon was the real thing, or if he was what I described in the previous paragraph. It is now clear that he is at best an unknowing front, at worst a calculated public relations and damage control tool. Allow me to make a summary of it, to cut the irrelevant bloat and highlight the important parts:
I once made the comparison between EVE and a rigged casino, and I believe that comparison still holds. EVE's playerbase is making CCP a very nice amount of money through their subscription fees, made obvious by their constant company expansions and their recently announced new game. I have made it my job to independently oversee if the game is rigged. When I first made the casino comparison, I said the game was rigged, and I laid out the evidence in support of that statement - and the players were angry. CCP responded very poorly, but in the end, the IA department was a good suggestion, and we allowed them to prove their worth.Originally Posted by Arkanon
But Arkanon, we are letting history judge your actions, and history is unanimously ruling against you. The IA has thus far proved to be little more than a useless front, and this test run proves that. They can call me an attention whore, they can ban me, they can fail to do anything about their GMs being alliance leaders (and Arkanon, no matter if Enslaver told you his ingame privs were removed, he is still in touch with the LV leadership, and will continue to be), they can do whatever - it's their game. But it's our money they're running it with, and I'm going to make sure the players all know that, and know where the GMs are.
Call it a crusade, a vendetta, a GM holocaust for all I care - at this point, you've thrown down the gauntlet. CCP just told me and everyone that yes, we know a GM is a top alliance leader, and yes, we know everybody now knows that, but since we enforce our policies as we feel like it instead of when they are breached, we're just going to call you an attention whore and sweep it under the rug.
Maybe you'll stop deleting or removing characters that are outed as GMs - that's fine, I don't care. My intent is simply to let the players know which alliances and corporations have GMs/devs in them, and which characters they play, so people will know them for the frauds they are, rather than recognizing their dirty "accomplishments". Until you regain our trust and start communicating with us players, something that's getting harder and harder by the minute, I will continue doing what I do, which is letting players know that your game is rigged.
Same time, new GM, next week. You'll like this one.