The Eve Online Council Of Stellar Management member yesterday accused of mocking a "suicidal" player at the Eve Fanfest last weekend has issued a public apology saying that he is "utterly ashamed and sickened".
Eve Online developer CCP Games yesterday launched an internal investigation following complaints from attendee and Eve player 'Kestrel'.
Known as 'The Mittani', the man Kestrel complained about posted his response to the accusations on the Eve Online forums using his real name, Alex Gianturco.
“I feel utterly ashamed and sickened by my behaviour,” Gianturco writes.
“I, as a person, am not the entity that I play in Eve; I am not actually a sociopath or a sadist, and I certainly don't want people to kill themselves in real life over an internet spaceship game, no matter what I may say or do within the game itself.
“CCP may say 'Eve is Real', but Eve is not real - and the line between the game and reality should not be overstepped. I'm relieved to discover that the Mackinaw miner is doing fine and mining away, despite being blown up by Goonswarm [an Eve Online alliance] in-game.
“He deserves, and he has, my heartfelt apologies - here in public as well as a private apology. There's no excuse for what I did - while some might try to use my inebriation as a mitigating factor, I put myself in that compromised mental state, and the guilt of that is entirely mine.”
Source: Eve forum