Somergate: Round Two

The past 24 hours has been some of the busiest for CSM9 in it’s term so far. For those of you not keeping up to date, there has been a second outcry regarding Somerblink attempting to RMT. In this case however, the claim that this was fully vetted and ratified by CCP before commencement. You can read one of the original posts on the subject on reddit here and in the past hour, CCP Falcon has made an official statement on the forums here. CSM first brought this issue up with CCP around 2am yesterday morning, had more or less instantaneous responses from both CCP Falcon and CCP Leeloo and they have both been up since then until the past few minutes – around 22 hours. In that time, there have been two proper meetings with CCP and CSM9 and a new channel set up on Skype to discuss the situation with more or less continuous discussion. Now many of you will remember how angry I was over the previous Somer situation from a year ago. I was pretty ticked off and made sure that anyone who listened to or read CZ knew about it. I want to make it crystal clear to everyone that I am incredibly pissed that this situation has come around once again – it seems absurd that we would be in an almost identical situation 12 months later. Unfortunately, for the moment that anger must remain directionless and as such I must remain patient. What we have is a situation where Somer are claiming CCP allowed an RMT loophole. This truth in this claim must exist somewhere in the following: – Somer is outright lying and CCP gave no such permission. Given Somer is a very successful business and the outcry a year ago when a similar scheme was hatched, this seems unlikely to me but when offered a loophole to jumpstart a business worth tens of thousands of dollars a year, not impossible. – CCP gave full permission for this to happen with the full knowledge of all relevant parties within the company. Again, given the tone of Falcon’s post and that if this were true, it was an agreement made with Somer only and the implications there, I’m thinking this is unlikely. I’m confident in giving CCP the benefit of the doubt on this one but sure, not impossible. – Something else. Someone gave permission and shouldn’t have/is keeping mum or a department gave permission without speaking to everyone else or ‘something’. Sure this is a bit of a catch-all ‘option C’ but it does seem the most likely. CCP is not a monolithic entity which speaks with one voice despite what the players may think. Some departments are more customer facing that others as you may expect in a game based on social interactions and with many devs who are so open with the playerbase. I’m also pretty confident than in the normal day-to-day runnings within the company, some groups speak to others on a fairly infrequent basis. I’m also pretty confident that in a game so heavily dependant on community, those groups probably don’t speak often enough. The tl;dr on this one for the moment is that someone fucked up and fucked up hard. But until we know who that is, it is imperative that everyone remains calm. Trust me when I say, no-one is more frustrated at trying to maintain a calm exterior throughout this time than myself but lashing out at the wrong person or group is only going to make the situation worse. I do not speak for the rest of CSM but I can tell you the general feeling is not one of sunshine and rainbows. Also know that there are people within CCP who share this sentiment as noted by Falcon in his post from the forums I linked to above: ‘They’ve been very clear, direct and unified with their opinion on the situation, and this is a sentiment that I share with them.’…it’s quite clear that this is an issue that the community is taking seriously. It’s also something I feel incredibly strongly about.’ Be under no illusion that both CSM and CCP are working very hard on this right now and the situation will not be left to fester like it was a year ago. Hopefully we’ll have more information on this tomorrow from CCP. Once we know what happened with all the information available to us all, we can act accordingly and I’ll be in a situation to give you more details on the way ahead.
Tags: falcon, rmt, somer

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Xander Phoena

The good looking, funny, intelligent member of the team, Xander set up Crossing Zebras with Jeg in April 2012 mainly because he was talking too much about Eve on his other podcast. Playing the game for almost five years, Xander still has absolutely zero clue about how to actually play Eve but somehow still manages to talk a good game.