Posts Tagged ‘The Mittani’

Meet The Players Who Create EVE Online Propaganda

Samahiel Sotken is not your average EVE Online player. While most are defined by how they spend their time in the game, like blowing up defenseless miners for example, Samahiel’s influence in EVE is more profoundly felt by the time he spends outside of the game. He is a diplomat for the Goonswarm Federation, the most powerful alliance in EVE that spearheads a coalition of alliances known as The Imperium, but he is also the director of the Ministry of Truth. For those who might not understand the reference to Orwell’s “1984”, The Ministry of Truth is The Imperium’s very own propaganda branch. From within this shady organization radiates the whispers that dismantle alliances, turn defeats into victories, and weave the yarn of EVE’s living narrative. Samahiel is a propagandist.

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The Mittani’s Crime & Punishment In Eve Online

There he is on the right. Presumably not drunk.

The Mittani, Eve Online’s most famous and infamous player, has learned the hard way that the internet is serious business after all. The controversy arose at last week’s Eve Fanfest, where in a public talk he first mocked and then urged others to hound a player who was apparently suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. “Incidentally, if you want to make the guy kill himself, his [in-game] name is [REDACTED]”, Mittani declared. Unsurprisingly, this quickly spread beyond the Fanfest.

After initially appearing to shrug off complaints as he had been drunk at the time (which he acknowledges was entirely his own fault) and didn’t have total recall of what he’d done, Mittani offered a lengthy public apology a few days later, and promised his resignation as Eve Online Council chairman. Since then, Eve devs CCP have decided his actions were a breach of the EULA and are enforcing a harsher penalty.
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