It doesn’t feel like a real CSM unless somebody gets asked to leave, gets the heave ho, or just steps away I suppose. CSM13 was a little different, with Brisc Rubal getting the big ban, only to later be exonerated. But then he resigned. So it goes. And now we have a change with CSM14.
CCP announced earlier today that Killah Bee from Northern Coalition has decided to step down from the CSM for personal reasons. He has this statement about his departure.
In the past, I’ve always said that the CSM can only be effective if its members are some of the most active members of the community. I’ve had some great success in real life lately but with that success goes the time that I am able to devote into EVE and the CSM. This is why I have decided to resign my membership to the CSM effective immediately to make room for someone with more time on their hands. I want to thank CCP and all the other CSM members for a great time I’ve had and I’ll see you again soon.
As part of their statement CCP thanked him for his service on the CSM and made it clear that he is able to run for the council again should he so desire. Given that some have described the CSM as like having an additional job (a description that has been applied to EVE Online in general), it is easy to understand why Killah Bee might wish to step away. That he could not make it to the summit in Iceland was probably foreshadowing. And it is better that he did this proactively rather than being asked to leave for lack of participation, as happened with Vince Draken on CSM12, though he is also eligible to run again should he so desire.
In an odd coincidence, both Vince Draken and Killah Bee’s departures from the CSM benefited the same person, Sort Dragon.
Sort Dragon, who had been on CSM10, did not make the cut for the CSM12 elections, but was elevated to the council with Vince Draken’s removal.
He managed to get elected and served on CSM13, but when the results for the CSM14 election came out he fell just 12 votes shy of being re-elected, Steve Ronuken coming out just ahead of him in the count. With Killah Bee stepping down, Sort Dragon will once again be on the CSM, this being his fifth time on the council.
So CSM14 now looks like this:
- Aryth – Goonswarm Federation (inc)
- Merkelchen – Goonswarm Federation (inc)
- Innominate – Goonswarm Federation (inc)
- Steve Ronuken – Fuzzwork Enterprises (inc)
- Gobbins – Pandemic Horde
- Vily – Test Alliance Please Ignore
- Dunk Dinkle – Brave Newbies
- ExookiZ – Scary Wormhole People
- Olmeca Gold – Delve Pest Control Inc
- Sort Dragon – Darkness
We will see if his presence changes anything