Brisc Rubal Exonerated

If we are radio silent [on] something you know it is quality drama.

-Aryth, CSM 13 member, announcing the CCP post

Previously on season 13 of our favorite show, CSM Drama, the real life politician Brisc Rubal had been accused by a fellow CSM member of sharing confidential information with his corp mates, allowing them to enrich themselves.  For this CCP threw Brisc off of the CSM and banned all of his EVE Online accounts for life.

Council of Silly Messaging

Brisc protested his innocence, and he had his share of supporters.  But he also faced many jeers from those who mocked his carefully worded response as something a politician would do.

That quieted down after a bit.  After all, CCP had spoken.  They certainly would not make such a public accusation with such a severe penalty if they had not done a thorough investigation and were absolutely sure of the facts.

And then, of course, we found out that they did not, in fact, do a thorough investigation and, upon further reflection, announced that they needed to review the facts.

I described this as the “nightmare scenario,” a dramatic public pronouncement that they had to walk back, a situation that would leave nobody satisfied.  An actual investigation into the events would now take place.

Naturally, this made some people happy, Brisc no doubt included.  Others complained loudly about CCP, the CSM, and the unfairness of the world, where high profile players get second chances.

Now we have the final statement… at least I hope it is the final statement, but I thought the first statement would be final as well… from CCP after having completed an actual investigation.

Final Statement On Brisc Rubal Follow Up Investigation

Dear Citizens of New Eden,

Following on from our statement on April 17, we have completed our review of the Brisc Rubal investigation and determined that our initial findings were incorrect. Neither Brisc Rubal nor the other players implicated in this incident breached CCP’s confidentiality, the terms of the Non-Disclosure Agreement, or used privileged information to obtain an in-game advantage.

We made a mistake here and we offer our formal apologies. First, to Brisc Rubal and the two other players involved, both for making the allegations and for the disturbance and stress caused by the way in which we handled this situation. Second, for not collaborating with due care with the members of CSM 13, who have acted responsibly throughout. Lastly, we owe our sincere apology to the EVE community for this error. We take full responsibility for any confusion and mistrust caused by our initial assessment of the situation.

After reviewing our assessment of the information on which these allegations were based and having spoken repeatedly with everyone involved, it’s now clear that our initial actions were based on unsubstantiated assumptions. While we were motivated by a desire to protect the working relationship between the CSM and the EVE Development Team with all due speed, had we taken the time to review the information with greater scrutiny, this incident could have been resolved without the disruption that has since occurred.

We aim to make it up to all concerned. Right now, we are in the process of restoring access to the EVE Online accounts of all three affected players, returning any confiscated assets and providing rectification as appropriate. We will work to set this right and will be making changes to our procedures and policies to ensure this kind of situation does not reoccur.

Thank you for your understanding.

Basically, CCP was wrong, know they were wrong, admits they were wrong, and has announced that they were wrong.

I think any internal review of what happened… one hopes they have some internal feedback process, since the only way you learn from mistakes is to examine how they occurred and build in checks to ensure the don’t happen again… should focus on what happened that led to this phrase:

…it’s now clear that our initial actions were based on unsubstantiated assumptions.

Holy moly, they did all of that based on what now?  It sounds like they just took somebody’s word for it, not the way to go in a game where shading the truth and presenting points of view as fact are long standing aspects of the meta.

Naturally, the forum thread to discuss this final turn has much of what you would expect.  There are people at least mildly happy that CCP ended up with at the right decision, scorn for CCP jumping to conclusions, and an array of pundits wanting to know if everybody who got banned gets a review now.  The usual suspects preside.

In the end Brisc Rubal, whom CCP called out publicly, as well as Pandoralica and Dark Shines, the two unnamed alleged co-conspirators, have been cleared.  The “INIT 3” go free.  They get their account reactivated and their stuff back and probably some sort of “we’re sorry” gift for all of the trouble.

As for what Brisc will do now, he made a short statement on Twitter:

And so it goes.

Brisc will be appearing on the Open Comms Show, which you can find on the INN Twitch channel, tomorrow night at 18:00 Pacific time, 21:00 Eastern time, or 01:00 New Eden time.  There he and Dirk MacGirk and the Open Comms Show team will no doubt have much to say on the topic and many memes to share.

Naturally, other people are covering this story as expressing their opinions, though probably not as many as covered the initial bans.  Bans are news, retractions are not, so guess which will dominate Google search results when you look up Brisc Rubal going forward?

Other coverage:


And you know something isn’t really a thing on the internet until there is a Downfall parody of it.


9 thoughts on “Brisc Rubal Exonerated

  1. yadot

    Agree, let’s hope they learn from this, implement robust complaints procedures and move on. I think CCP did the right thing at the interim announcement, admitting their processes are flawed and re-investigating. I think they did the right thing with the final statement by communicating the results. They could have spun this several ways but chose to fall on their collective sword.
    My take on the whole affair? I wrote a blog post but didn’t publish it because it didn’t really lend any substance to the issue. I based it on “Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by stupidity” because from the very beginning both traits (malice and stupidity) seemed to be inexplicably intertwined. Having said that my tinfoil hat wonders what was being covered up while this drama unfolded and was Brian complicit in that cover up. Guess we will never know.


  2. Dinsdale Pirannha

    And is anyone fired for this? Are the people that lied to CCP in the first place punished? Nope…have to keep the RMT cartels happy.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Dinsdale – Is there more than one RMT cartel now? Generally you’ve only referred to the Imperium… Goons… as the RMT cartel, with me as their mouth piece. In fact, you have been very specific about how Goons pay off CCP with their RMT lucre.

    But now you have a plural there, and you are suggesting that CCP is protecting the person or persons who tried to sell out an Imperium CSM rep and that they too represent an RMT cartel.

    So are there more than one? Is somebody paying CCP more than Goons, so much more that they would protect them from Goons?

    Seriously, why aren’t you on Reddit with this?


  4. Dinsdale Pirannha

    PL and the Russians have always been heavily involved in RMT. I never suggest that Goons were alone in the RMT business…just the most organized and effective at it.


  5. SynCaine

    Imagine being Dins in real life, and being this much of a sad loser to so obsess over something that is actual fiction in a fictional online game? Wild.


  6. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Dinsdale – Leaving aside what you have said in the past and whether or not it allows for other RMT groups on the scale of Goons, who on the CSM would CCP want to protect from their most organized and effective RMT group?

    There are no Russians on the CSM now, nor any actual Pandemic Legion members.

    I was thinking that Jin’taan might have done it, but since he was elected he has moved over to The Initiative, so you would have to assume he did in a fellow alliance member.

    So who does that leave?

    Sort Dragon of Darkness
    Killah Bee of NCDot
    Suitonia, who recently joined Pandemic Horde, but was a Goon in the past (spy?)
    Steve Ronuken, the industry guy

    Who stands to gain from that list of suspects? Or maybe Goons did do him? Maybe he was set to blow the RMT cartel wide open? I mean, that makes a pretty easy conspiracy theory leap. He gets his accounts back if he keeps his mouth shut and steps down. I bet you could run with that. The internal logic of it removes the need for CCP to protect him from anybody other than Goons.

    You can have that theory for free, on the house.


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