Recently, in EVE Online, allegations have arisen about the possibility that the most powerful alliance in the game had gained benefits due to having several CCP employees playing in their various corporations. The accusations revolved around things such as finding out about events ahead of time, getting valuable items handed over to the corporations, and gaining inside information that might help advance a war against another alliance.
CCP has investigated these claims and so far has only admitted to having employee characters in many alliances and since they have now been “outed”, they will be removed from the game (or maybe just revised to have a different name and corp history – my thoughts only, not something CCP said they would do).
I don’t want to get into a debate about what may or may not have gone on in that particular case but it does bring up some issues I had not really considered prior to these events.
Should a dev play the game they are making? If yes, should there be any restrictions on what they can do inside of the game? If no, how can players expect them to truly understand the problems everyday players are forced to cope with while playing the game?
I think devs should be allowed to play the game, in fact it should be expected. However, there needs to be restrictions in place. I feel that the employee’s character should not be allowed to give anything to another player, no matter how the employee’s character got it. I feel that they should avoid being put in positions of power inside player guilds/corporations/whatever. They should not be allowed to lead the strike party or plan the attack. They should be a foot soldier at best, taking commands and following orders. If they lead an assault, who knows what inside information they could have used to help plan things?
An employee’s character should remain anonymous and if it is ever found out in any way to be an employee’s character, the character should be deleted along with everything it owned. All employee characters should have regular log checks to make sure they aren’t doing anything inappropriate.
What are your thoughts on this issue?