"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."Earlier today, CCP released a dev blog totally exonerating CSM member Brisc Rubal and two alliance mates, Pandoralica and Dark Shines. I personally am glad to know that Brisc did not abuse the trust given to him with his election to the CSM. Let me record the contents of the announcement below, just in case something happens to the dev blog:
Dear Citizens of New Eden,Honestly, I figured if Brisc had committed a breach of the NDA he signed, the breach was totally accidental. I was also a little irritated to discover CCP had not adequately investigated the matter before taking punitive steps against the INIT 3. I thought that the procedures included a reference to Internal Affairs to double-check on all charges. I guess not, which is strange since CSM members are supposed to receive the same type of attention CCP employees receive. At least, that's what I've gathered over my years covering the player-elected group.
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.
In the wake of the decision, Brisc decided to resign from the CSM. I collected a few statements he issued today on Twitter.
Thanks to @CCPGames for doing the right thing - CCP admits mistake, reverses bans of Brisc Rubal, @Pandoralica and Dark Shines, clears all three of us of wrongdoing and apologizes for the mistake. https://t.co/suZwRc9Wl1 #tweefleet— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) April 25, 2019
Since folks are asking, I've chosen to resign from the CSM. There's not much time left in the term, and I need a break after all of this. Maybe in the future I'll consider running again, but this has been tough for me and the fam and I could use the time off. #tweetfleet— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) April 25, 2019
I know it would be easy to be angry and want to go after whoever accused me, but I'm not going to be vindictive. It was a mistake, it's been rectified and I don't want anybody else impacted by this - I know how bad it was for me, I can't in good conscience do it to somebody else.— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) April 25, 2019
Also - me, Pando and hopefully Dark Shines (the INIT3), will be appearing EXCLUSIVELY tomorrow night on the @OpenCommsShow on @Imperium_News. Be there or be square. @dirkmacgirk will be providing the memes. #tweefleet— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) April 25, 2019
And since I have to get this out of my system....NO COLLUSION. :) #tweetfleet— Brian W. Schoeneman (@BrianSchoeneman) April 25, 2019
For those wondering, Open Comms is on the Imperium News Network Twitch channel at 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific Friday, or 0100 EVE time on Saturday. I'm sure Dreydan will have an appropriate opening for the show.
In closing, I do have a few other questions I'd love to know the answers to, but I know I'll never find out. Which, is appropriate. We've seen enough information flying around, and much of it was wrong. We don't need any more.