CCP has finished their investigation into whether or not real-life lobbyist Brian Schoeneman broke rules by sharing confidential EVE Online information and concluded that Schoeneman is innocent of the charges.
“We have completed our review of the Brisc Rubal [Brian Schoeneman] investigation and determined that our initial findings were incorrect,” reads a statement from CCP Games. “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.”
CCP also issued a full apology to the players initially accused of corruption.
“We made a mistake here and we offer our formal apologies,” said CCP Games. “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.”
The initial charges levied against Schoeneman had to do with an official player advocacy group in EVE Online known as the Council of Stellar Management (CSM) who “advise and assist CCP in the continuous development of EVE” among some other duties. Initial reports suggested that Schoeneman had used some of the insider information he had learned in his role as a CSM member to make extra money in the game. Now, it seems that was not the case.
At the time, Schoeneman maintained that he didn’t “violate the NDA I signed after being elected to the CSM” and that he had “not provided any proprietary information furnished by CCP to me as a CSM member to anyone.” He cited his position as an “attorney and public figure” to argue as proof that he knows how to live by a code of ethics and law.
In a joint statement with CCP, Schoeneman noted that he has “accepted CCP Games’ apology” and holds “no ill-will” against them. However, it seems that he has decided to resign from his position on the CSM.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.