The chairman of Eve Online's player-elected Council Of Stellar Management (CSM) has resigned from his position after he encouraged attendees of last weekend's Eve Fanfest to harrass a suicidally depressed player.
Alexander "The Mittani" Gianturco has issued a public apology, resigned from his position of the current CSM and forfeited his right to serve on the upcoming seventh CSM. CCP has also blocked a potential loophole which would have enabled Gianturco to resign from the current CSM, and reassume his position in the new one.
A statement from GM Salmon, VP of customer relationship management, on the Eve community site reads: "As some of you might have heard, one of the Alliance leaders speaking at the Alliance Panel during Eve Fanfest 2012 breached our EULA/TOS with some ill-advised remarks about a fellow Eve player.
"It goes without saying that CCP deeply regrets this incident and will work towards reducing any possibility of this happening again in the future."
Salmon goes on to explain that CCP requested prior sight of all presentation materials and discussion topics, but did not see the video footage of the player in question because Mittani's comments were made during an unscripted Q&A.
CCP has breached its own policy of not commenting on warnings and bans because Mittani's comments were broadcast in a live stream of the event hosted on the studio's own website. Salmon says Mittani may be able to run for the CSM again in future, "subject to candidacy review."
On Monday one attendee of Eve Fanfest told Eurogamer that Mittani "encouraged other players of Eve Online to harrass this player in the hope that he would eventually be compelled to act on his suicidal thoughts," and that the player's in-game contact information was displayed to those present and watching the stream.
In a separate statement posted last night, CCP said the furore had led it to conduct an internal review of how future presentations will be vetted, adding: "Such behaviour crosses the line of acceptable player conduct… CCP finds this behaviour morally reprehensible."
In September, Mittani slammed CCP management for "running Eve into the ground" with its "folly and neglect" following the botched release of the Incarna expansion. The studio would later reduce its headcount by 20 per cent as it shifted focus to better serve the needs of its users, and CEO Hilmar Pétersson issued a heartfelt public apology.