Recently, EVE Online’s Council of Stellar Management (CSM) had a bit of a debacle. Icelandic developer CCP removed real-life politician and in-game council member Brian Schoeneman (known in-game as Brisc Rubal), and two of his compatriots from the ten-person council. CCP had originally accused him of breaking a non-disclosure agreement. After further investigation, however, Icelandic developer CCP has retracted their removal of Schoemann, and posted an apology explaining their mistake.

“After reviewing our assessment of the information on which these allegations were based and having spoken repeatedly with everyone involved, it’s now clear that our initial actions were based on unsubstantiated assumptions. […] had we taken the time to review the information with greater scrutiny, this incident could have been resolved without the disruption that has since occurred.”

Additionally, CCP extended an apology to Rubal (or Schoeneman) for their hasty decision to ban him from the game. “We made a mistake here and we offer our formal apologies […] to Brisc Rubal and the two other players involved, both for making the allegations and for the disturbance and stress caused by the way in which we handled this situation.”

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CCP stated they would restore Schoeneman and the two other affected player’s confiscated assets as soon as possible. After CCP sent the apology, however, Schoeneman tweeted that he needed a break, and will be retiring from the CSM.

An experienced politician and former election official, Schoeneman originally claimed he would clear his name from the charges. He has accomplished that, but lost his motivation to rejoin the CSM in the process. Rubal won’t be working with CCP, at least for the foreseeable future.

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