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2013 has been a year full of controversies among the player base both small and large and I want to wrap up my commentary on a couple of them before the year ends. With that, let’s talk about EveCorpration1231533.

You see, a few months ago the CEO of Blackwater USA Inc. — a member corp in Pandemic Legion alliance — contacted me to let me know their corp had been renamed by the EVE GM team, their name having been “deemed offensive.” Would I be willing to get involved to help them out?

Now this is a situation that CSM members dread. Other than the EULA, there’s no formal “rules briefing” that you get as a CSM member. But I was told informally by any number of people both before and after I was elected that CSM members are discouraged in the strongest possible terms from getting involved in the player petition process and anything associated with it. And after thinking about it, I decided this was a good idea. While the CSM exists to support the player base as a whole, little or no good can come from CSM members interfering in situations affecting a single customer, or a small group of customers. CCP has to be free to run their individual player relations as they see fit without showing bias or favoritism. So when individual players come to me asking me to get involved in these kinds of situations, 74 times out of 75, I have apologetically said that I cannot.

But this one cut kind of close to home.

I’ve worked with a lot of members of BUSA before when I was a member of Gentlemen’s Club alliance. More than that, I had flown with them, and knew a few of them personally. This was a situation that struck me as rather unjust, just on the facts of the case. And I’d been interested in writing a piece about how unevenly applied the GM’s policies on name impersonation are. And I’d been dying to write a piece about the transparency of this process. The situation struck me as a good opportunity to kill a lot of small birds with one stone. I could write a piece about the process without getting wrapped around the axle of this one particular case. So I went out an interviewed a number of people about the issues involved (including CCP Manifest and members of the Community team) and I wrote my piece. And I was happy to see it was well-received. It was one of those journalistic little pieces that looks easy but was much harder than it looked because it had to operate within a lot of tight constraints.

About a week after the piece went public, BUSA got their name back thanks to the intervention of senior members of the GM team and the Community team. Cooler heads prevailed in that situation and I’m really glad for it. Sometimes CCP does get it right on the second iteration after getting it wrong on the first. We as players sometimes don’t give them enough credit for that.

But the transparency/consistency issue does remain. CCP’s most recent annual stockholder briefing book includes the following text about one of their cornerstone principles, transparency:

We earn trust through honesty and openness. We are open-minded and respectful of our customers and co-workers. We confront problems directly and discuss issues in a straightforward manner.

Like many corporate mission statements, these are words that often have a lot more to do with CCP’s actions in an ideal world as opposed to the real one. As players remind CCP again and again, actions speak louder than words.

As part of the research for the original piece, I started two side bits of research:

  1. I asked players for their own experiences with the renaming process; and,
  2. I sent in a petition of my own, listing 15 EVE corporations directly named after terrorist groups, criminal organizations, and real-world corporations collectively responsible for the enslavement or death of thousands of people.

What I collectively found out was that the process continues to operate on a case-by-case basis specifically without transparency. And that’s a real shame.

Lots of players sent me lots of stories about corp, alliance, and character renaming. Of course many of those were focused on individual cases that were hard to judge. But over time a pattern emerged and it was obvious that the quickest way to draw the ire of the GM team on this issue is to have a corp, alliance, or character that seems to support three things: rape, racism, or Nazi Germany. That of course is not very surprising. But issues of real world trademarks, real world criminal groups, famous in-character player names, or even the real world names of CCP employees generally draw lesser or no responses.

When the CSM met with CCP CEO Hilmar Petersson at the summer summit, I teased him that I’d encountered him in New Eden. He laughed.

As to my list of 15 corps named after terrorist groups, criminal organizations, and real-world corporations collectively responsible for the enslavement or death of thousands of people… corp and alliance names I personally found offensive? It’s been more than two months. None have been renamed.

So for the time being, the status quo remains. I’m glad that BUSA got their name back but the process that prompted them to lose it in the first place is no closer to being made more transparent.

– Ripard Teg

If you would like to read more we invite you to visit his blog here.

  • Jack

    I usually like this guys peices, please replace all Glevon posts with his. Thanks in advance.

  • Jack

    Can I have my 5 minutes back?
    But seriously, Blackwater is a US corporation that provides security to US Embassies and private security abroad. It also is a parent organization that also helps with disaster relief. Because one of the things it does is “militaristic” that made it offensive? Or was it the USA that made it offensive? That just seems very very odd.

    • Jezzz

      Yes they are angels the world should really be enligheted right? Tbh I dont fucking care about hard core suppressing of terrorist, pirates and other idiot groups in the world and I dont mind US being US really… But I fucking don’t like when people pretend to be angels and moral knights either… http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/blackwater_usa/ THEY ARE MERCENAIRIES FOR THE WESTERN WORLD, lets face it… lets call it..

      • GFY

        you mad.

        • Ciaphas Cyne

          blackwater is an amoral organization. they exist to increase the financial security of its members. they are fathers and sons and brothers who all risk their lives for a higher paycheck. is that bad? is that good? or is it maybe just incredibly human. these groups have existed for eons. mercenaries. all of us have a price. most of us also have morals. for those that do not….

          • GFY

            To be honest, I havent watched television, or read the news in years. Blackwater could mean nothing to me. Maybe whats left in the toilet after I wait too many days to flush. Or just a name I know of some guys on Eve. Someone’s butthurt shouldnt affect everyone.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            so you just wanted to make sure we all knew you didnt give a fuck?

            ….ok thank you!

          • GFY

            I said I didnt?

          • Ashesofempires

            Blackwater USA earned their infamy in the Iraq insurgency when a few of the security guards went and killed a number of Iraqi civilians. None of the contractors accused were ever formally charged for the killings.
            They have changed their company’s name twice in order to avoid the bad press that goes with such negative brand recognition. Why BUSA was targeted for a name change is somewhat baffling; it’s not the worst name out there by far. I think Ripard’s point is that it’s impossible to apply the naming policy evenly.
            Who decides what is good or bad? What are their decisions based on? Why is there no appeal process? Why isn’t it automated like most other good MMO’s. Most of the names that people get away with in EVE would never make it through the filters in WoW or Rift or TOR. Perhaps a better question is, why now? Why enforce this now, and not years ago before 300,000 or more people had the opportunity to name a corporation, character, or alliance something offensive.

          • Hum

            Do you drive a Prius?

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            i do. i also fucked ur mom last night

    • Random Miner

      most of the world does have a poor view of the US. And mercenary type organizations like blackwater (even here in the US) are looked at as evil, profiteering murderers, due to bad publicity. Plus whenever something is outsourced in war, if the company fucks it up, it ends up making ALL outsourcing companies look bad. I’m betting CCp employees are a pretty liberal bunch and have as low of an opinion of a company like blackwater as you can have.

  • GFY

    “I sent in a petition of my own, listing 15 EVE corporations directly
    named after terrorist groups, criminal organizations, and real-world
    corporations collectively responsible for the enslavement or death of
    thousands of people.”

    That always seems like a weak way to try and solve something. Its kind of like the little kid that gets into trouble, but his excuse to mommy is “But..but..but…little Jimmy down the road walks around with his thumb in his butt also”

    Just because someone else does it, doesnt make it any more right. Aside from that, Im pretty bown away that CCP would bother with Blackwater. Im sure some little bitch got blown up by them, and decided to go cry.

    • G’Kar

      Except the article was about consistency, not morality, but thanks for trying.

  • droljica

    blackwatter, jihad, osambinladen, dropingdemocracyfromabove,,, its all the same shitt

    http://doctorbulldog.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/blackw20.jpg

    • Jezzz

      well thats because you are a redneck and don’t understand better, because of that you are forgiven, continue yoru worthlessness….

  • Provi Miner

    Seems that is one of those “microwave” posts. In other words you wrote on this some time ago and just updated the ending (actually as I recall you blogged about the result as well). Shame so much fun stuff. BTW for the record I have found the ceptor changes you like so much to fall into three groups. A: pointless a single ceptor is pretty worthless without support comming B: agrivating kinda hard to catch a ceptor gang (this one is kind of odd in that I suspect the ceptor gang is looking for pvp but refuse to engage unless its a fairly defensless ship solo) C: kinda cool flying in hard tackling something and waiting for help to arrive is very much a new rush.

  • Jeeezzz

    This is just lame, I mean CCP are trying to keep IRL politics out of the game, and when a corp, US I guess, get offended by a JR GM tried to folllow the policy and you use your power to slam down on unjustice becuse CCP had not been able to stop every corp, of how many corps we have in EVE total?, who could be connected to an IRL whatever political/unethical organisation? Well thats US that the rest of the world knows, and I guess you ar US as well..? So are you proud that you used your power to get approval for another corp that could insult a part of the player base, because thats all that you achieved, and I guess your work is done now..

    • vae

      Is it the fact that the company is US based or that they are mercenaries that you find offensive?

      • Scott Lockwood III

        You fail it, where it is reading comprehension! Thank you for playing. Please do not breed.

  • Ciaphas Cyne

    racism in eve is as prevalent as it is in most of the gaming world. its a side effect of the demographic. Ineffectual, young, white, male youths with little real world experience and travel, and far too much pent up aggression from a life of sedentary fantasy.

    anyway… As a proud joo ive made it my hobby to report every anti-Semitic corp name and player name i see. I can safely say that 0 (zero, none, zilch) have been taken seriously by CCP. Kinda sad. Im guessing 99% of eve players havent even met a jew, living where i do its hard to remember that most of the world has only second hand knowledge of us. anyway, id like to see less holding corps and industry wings of alliances named after the Hebrew people, its a lame joke and we really are quite good at lots of things, not just handling money. 🙂

    • GFY

      “Ineffectual, young, white, male youths with little real world experience
      and travel, and far too much pent up aggression from a life of
      sedentary fantasy”

      Soo…no women, or people of color are racists. And if you are bothered by the word Jew, maybe you should look within yourself, as to why.

      • Aderoth Anstian

        spoken like a true wasp

        • GFY

          wtf is a wasp?

          • Aderoth Anstian

            White Anglo Saxon Protestant

          • GFY

            My reply after having to actually google that bs….Hardly.

          • Aderoth Anstian

            hardly white, anglo-saxon, protestant or all of the above? makes a difference you know. i mean you could be a latino catholic who is still a racist.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            he could be a gay jewish african from Ethiopia and still be racist… so far hes just been a dummy tho 🙂

          • GFY

            You dont even realize what you typed?

          • GFY

            Did you not read well, or are you just too butthurt and mad, that you didnt understand?

            Basically he implied that only young white guys are racist. I’m far from it. and to be honest, I could be classified as poor white trash, but I dont get all mad and cry about it.

          • Aderoth Anstian

            i am genuine southern white trash and i do read and wear shoes. he didn’t imply anything. he called out those who seem to think it’s funny to be a racist. kinda like you.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            i think you are having trouble comprehending my friend.

            “little real world experience and travel, and far too much pent up aggression from a life of sedentary fantasy”

            this makes a possible vocal bigot ^

            “young white guy”

            flavors the racism coming out of his mouth ^

            i did not imply that ONLY young white guys are racist, i implied that is what is flavoring the racism we see in games like eve, which anyone i think would agree is most vocally contributed to by these kinds of people.

            btw im a young white guy. im also familiar with genetic science so racism isnt an issue for me. lolz to you sir.

          • GFY

            “he could be a gay jewish african from Ethiopia and still be racist… so far hes just been a dummy tho :)”

            By distinguishing in that method, you clearly prove that you have a mentality that separates people.

          • Aderoth Anstian

            lol yea guess you’re color-blind like Colbert eh? you do realize that Colbert is satire?

          • Wonder

            I wonder if it’s possible that you see young, white men as more typically racist because you hang out with young white men such as yourself. Perhaps if you expanded your social group beyond those such as yourself you’d see it’s everywhere.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            i live in nyc, so i have a pretty varied friend set. and id have to say that no one race is more racist than the other. but then again i never said otherwise so if thats something u thought i said well ur wrong. see again, we can all be racist, its just the kind of racism that permeates eve isnt exactly anti-straight white boy is it?

          • nc.

            dude you were wrong for agreeing that only whites are racist in this game… Ive been called a cracka etc and its all in good fun most “racist” words are outdated and mean different things in society today.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            yea please explain to me what the word “nigger” means in modern society. your alliance uses it all the time so def enlighten us as to how youve all changed it. funny…seems to still mean the same fucking things its always meant.

            next moron set up please.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            GFY is allergic to google as hes shown in many other posts

      • Ciaphas Cyne

        lol oh jeez we got a real tough guy here.

        no no your 100% correct there are many many people all over the world who are racist (ie uneducated) of every color and gender and faith.

        now let me know which slurs you hear in the gaming world that could be applied to: young white males (ie the majority of gamers) ?

        based on nothing but my own personal experience, most gamers fit that young white male stereo type and also 99% of the slurs ive heard in games are not applicable to that demographic.

        also…where did i say that i was offended by the word Jew? thats rather odd of you to say that.

        • Leicester

          Maybe the young white male gamers of the world simply don’t give a shit if they are called names?
          Personally I don’t feel aggrieved if someone calls me a ‘cracka’ or ‘peckerwood’ or ‘bogan’ or whatever you can think of – some people in this world who are offended by every little thing just need to take a tablespoon of cement and harden the fuck up.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            umm no. wrong. u never here cracka on eve because there are very few “non white males” that play. thats my point.

          • muh

            or your the racist here.

            the whole racist thing is just a load of crap. if you talk about that black guy, its wrong but talk about that white guy its alright suddenly. ppl should stop talking that bullshit and grow some balls.

            something can’t be offensive if it doesn’t apply directly to you. i’ve heard ppl saying a jewcook (yes its a cooky where i live) is racism.so they find it offensive. though the guy wasn’t even a jew. funny part is the cooky’s were originaly made by Jews and brought to our country, hence the name. and i personaly think that only says good things about Jews.

            Jewing isn’t bad at all. basicly it started becouse the Jews setup banks everywhere and were good at it. so whats bad about that?

            instead of calling everyone a racist you might want to start at looking at yourself. its the thought thats behind a word that makes something racism or a compliment.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            this is so many kinds of fucking stupid i cant even handle it.

            first of all jews did not proliferate banking in the western world, thats a total myth. read a fucking book before you open your mouth.

            and secondly, im so fucking sick and tired of this kneejerk reaction white dudes have to this kind of criticism. i never implied anywhere that racist behavior is exclusive. you just assumed that and went off on a tirade of ignorant bullshit because it makes you feel better.

            im gonna go out on a limb here and guess that a black dude fucked your wife and or gf at some point and now youve got issues. am i close?

          • DudeBro

            Why did you specifically mention that a black dude fucked his wife ? A white dude wouldn’t do it ? You are a dumb racist like every “joo” so shut your mouth yourself about this. Just because someone is a jew doesn’t mean he’s automatically right and untouchable.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            lol you sound super intelligent. did a jew fuck your wife?

          • muh

            your deff. the racist here. since i don’t care what colour person my gf fucks. you apperently do make a difference if it was a Jew, a negro, a hippy or some other steriotype person

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            lol no my friend uve missed the point. its ok.

          • ihumpurwife

            Negro? Sorry dude Im aperson of color and that word is racist.

          • muh

            just so you know, my mom is a negro. still don’t think that word is racist. since with negro i just mean she’s got African roots.

          • Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

            First off, you go read your history books. In Medieval times, The Catholics had a prohibition against moneylending and since the majority of the Western World was Catholic, and Muslims were barred from owning businesses, guess who was left? That is right, give the guy a cookie, it was the Jewish that filled the void. How else were wars financed, huge projects, etc.?

            And before you go calling me a racist white boy… I am Seminole American Native. And if anyone has the right to be racist, it is the American Natives.
            Read your history on that too.

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            quote me the page number and name of the reputable text that says jews started banking. ill wait.

          • Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard
          • Ciaphas Cyne

            and no u dont “have a right to be racist” you prick. just because my skin tone is similar to the one that was on the European assholes that fucked your people over means nothing.

          • Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

            If you read the history of the Seminole people

            http://www.semtribe.com/history/BriefSummary.aspx
            You will see that we never surrendered nor was conquered.

    • Aderoth Anstian

      thank you. i always give ppl shit when they say they are “jewing” it up for plex or whatever.

      • Ciaphas Cyne

        yea its standard offensive shit that guys like to say idk why. i mean it would make more sense if you were said to be “jewing” after telling a good joke…

    • eh

      What has this story got to do with racism?

      • Ciaphas Cyne

        “But over time a pattern emerged and it was obvious that the quickest way to draw the ire of the GM team on this issue is to have a corp, alliance, or character that seems to support three things: rape, racism, or Nazi Germany”

        re read OP, understanding commences.

    • lying dutchman

      “there are only two kinds of people in this world I hate, people that are intolerant of other peoples cultures and the dutch”. That austin powers movie did nothing but ridicule the dutch people. As a dutch person I can also say that no dutch people were even the slightest offended by it. not even when the “dutchman” swore in german and austin powers drank heineken.

      now if you’d change dutch into israeli or jew everyone would feel like they were wearing jeand several sizes too small. Geez get over it

      • Ciaphas Cyne

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_Piet

        the dutch. pretending its not racist for 400 years!

        • Lying Dutchman

          And? you saying jews arent racist when they neuter black jews before they are allowed in Israel? I’m not taking the high ground, I don’t want to ruin my kids feast because some people are easily offended, I for one arent easily offended either if they piss on me for being dutch (happened twice on mumble tonight alone)

          PS Santa clause keeps elves as slaves, no one offended by that?

          • Ciaphas Cyne

            “when they neuter black jews before they are allowed in Israel”

            prove this you nazi shit

          • Lying Dutchman

            No I’m not a nazi, in fact I’ve got a chinese fiancee and am one of the most anti racist persons around. I dream of the day where we can all make fun of each other and laugh. I sincerely despise anyone making racist comments and MEANING it. its Just when I dont take offence for being me why should you?

            Also here’s the story:

            http://thedailybanter.com/2013/01/israels-disgustingly-racist-behavior-towards-ethiopian-jews/

          • Lying Dutchman

            Also to clarify my standpoint. In english you have a saying “going dutch” which is derived from dutch people being cheap. I’m not the slightest bit offended by it even though personally I’m far from cheap. Why should you then be offended when people say “jewing” which is derived from Jewish people hoarding money.

            interesting fact: historically there were only a very few rich jews, the far majority was extremely poor

          • I just do not know

            And the Jews in Europe became money lenders because they were banned from other trades. Anyway at the moment the race that suffers the most racist attacks in the world is no longer the Jews, its white people and yet its never racism, go figure…

    • Provi Miner

      lol whats in a name? whats in a symbol? Do you think a confederate flag would draw the ire of the people of “Congo”? Yet having a german sheppard in some parts of africa is still taboo. A large majority of the world views the “bent cross” as a sign of good luck, so why would ccp condem those that use it? A joke is a joke, race sex age physical and mental attributes dont matter. I know good jew jokes, I know good catholic jokes, I know good muslim jokes, I know good blonde jokes, I know good polish jokes, I know good protestant jokes the list is fairly endless. Just because you find “it” offensive doesn’t mean shit, really it doesn’t, who made you the determiner of what is offensive? I sure didn’t and I would appreciate you keep your self bloating sensitivities to yourself. Thank you.

      • Ciaphas Cyne

        for someone who is advocating the lighter side approach you seem pretty butt hurt. maybe take ur own advice?

  • Billbo

    Still waiting on those minutes pal……

  • csm8sucks

    csm member not helping out the people who elected him. a true politician indeed.

    stop being shit and get those csm minutes out.

  • Kevin McColl

    Wow….. just…..wow……

  • D3

    REALLY FUNNY YOU RIGHT AN ARTICLE ABOUT TRANSPARENCY WHEN YOU WONT TELL THE PLAYERS WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT CCP CHEATING. AS CSM IT WAS THE 1ONLY1 THING I TOOK SERIOUSLY.

  • troll

    Oh my, this comment section is full of SJW. When did they arrive in EvE and why couldn’t they just have stayed in their Tumblr circle jerk?

    • Ciaphas Cyne

      oh is your fat ass getting upset that being white doesn’t give you privileges ? are you maybe feeling a little weak and powerless in the face of the changing world? that really sucks for you, im sorry!

      • GFY

        You sure do call people names a lot. Maybe seek counseling about your issues. You might be able to better yourself, and be able to be proud, and happy. Instead of so bitter.

      • troll

        I bet my EvE account thar you are a fanatical subscriber of Reddit SRS also. Right? Oh the irony in this world, it never fails to impress…

  • Mr Majesty

    racist, faggot brainwashing, Nazi, bigoted SOB’s….. the lot of uhm! lol

  • I feed on your rage

    Rape, racism, or Nazi Germany? Sounds like PL alright

  • StupidNerds!

    Blackwater changed there company name back in 2009…..I don’t see a problem with naming a corp after something like that…maybe not name your corp “SuperNaziBNPBushProLifeRape Inc.” but other then that the rest of you out there in the PC nations should….you guest it HTFU!!!

  • Mr Majesty

    Death to nigger haters

  • Shalazan

    I mean, CCP renamed my corp TO Internet Terorrists. So figure that out.