While many MMOs have a community team whose job it is to bring issues affecting players to the attention of developers, EVE Online
goes one step further by involving players directly. Once per year, players vote on whom they want to represent the playerbase in meetings with CCP Games
as part of the democratically elected Council of Stellar Management
. During its 12-month term, each edition of the CSM works hard to compile a list of issues players are having with the game or its development, including balance issues, bugs and ideas for changes the developers might not have considered. The most important of these are scheduled for discussion at one of the twice-yearly CSM council summits in Iceland, in which the council converses directly with developers.
The fifth council session will soon be coming to a close, and as with the previous councils, it has had both high points and low points during the year. The council's poor treatment in the summer summit
and the subsequent player uproar was followed up with some positive changes at CCP and a complete turnaround
in the winter talks
. With the fifth council session ending, CCP has issued an open call for candidates for the sixth council. To submit yourself for consideration and public voting, read the official conditions in the latest EVE devblog
and then head over to the submission page
on the EVE
website. Among the terms and conditions this year is a new requirement that makes a campaign message mandatory. The last election saw several players enter the running without any campaign message
, so this is a welcome change from last year's submission rules.