CCP has asked CSM member Vince Draken to step down due to not being able to devote sufficient time to the council. Lack of activity can have valid reasons and we’re parting with Vince on good terms and with mutual understanding. CCP holds the obligation to ensure a fully engaged CSM at any given time which is why we are looking towards a substitute for the remainder of the term.
-CCP Guard, CSM Update
After the roller coaster rides of CSM9 and CSM10, with the leaks, the removals, and the recriminations, the two following councils have been quiet, almost dignified affairs. CSM12 has been pretty quiet since its election earlier this year.
And even now, in the chill of the the last two councils, this barely qualifies as CSM drama. The joke is that playing EVE Online seriously is like having a second job, and adding the CSM to your list gives you at least another part time job on top of the two you likely have. So Vince Draken, already the leader of Northern Coalition, probably has enough on his plate already. He’ll miss out on a week of sitting in a conference room in Iceland talking about various aspects of the game.
Meanwhile, there is a position to be filled. CCP has said the following:
We will be calling in a substitute using the previously stated method of filling the spot with the last candidate eliminated in the election (the next in line without any recalculation of vote distribution). We’ll start there and go down the line if needed until someone accepts the spot and we will make another announcement once this is concluded.
If Sort Dragon declines, next in line are Kalbuir Skirate of Pandemic Horde, followed by Killah Bee of Pandemic Legion, thus effectively keeping the seat both in the hands of a null sec representative and a member of the PanFam/NC/GotG coalition. CCP will announce who will replace Vince Draken when they find somebody down the list who will take the job.
If none of those three take up the mantle, CCP will continue down the elimination trace. The data they will use is available from the Dev Blog analyzing the CSM12 election results.