Breaking News: CSM17 Election Cycle Announced


CCP has announced today the beginning of the CSM election cycle for CSM 17. The application period for those interested in participating as a candidate begins May 2 and closes May 16. The voting period will be from June 7-14, and results will be announced on June 16.

Big Updates to the Process

CCP has introduced a number of updates to the CSM election process this year, many of which should offer significant quality-of-life improvements for candidates.

  • CSM members will not be expected to travel to Iceland, and the ability to travel to Iceland is not a requirement for CSM candidacy.
  • Instead of creating a forum thread to start their candidacy, players who would like to stand for election will first apply to CCP directly for candidate status.
  • Applications for candidacy will be processed by CCP within 72 hours of submission and the applicant will be notified of whether or not they are eligible and have been accepted as a candidate.
  • After they are accepted as a candidate by CCP, candidates will create their forum thread and start their campaign.

These last changes in particular seem designed to avoid the kind of embarrassing circumstance that has occurred in previous election cycles where played have publicly announced their intention to stand for election, begun their campaign, and only later been notified that they are not eligible.

Several Previous Members Ineligible to Run for CSM17

For CSM17, several previous members have reached the three-term limit that was announced during the CSM15 election cycle. They will not be eligible to stand for CSM election again until they have sat out for at least one year. The list includes the following members:

  • Innominate
  • Merkelchen
  • Gobbins
  • Vily

The Full Timeline

The full timeline for the CSM17 election cycle is presented below. For full details, refer to the CCP announcement.

  • 2-16 May – Submissions Open
  • 9-20 May – Application Processing
  • 25 May – Live candidate announcement
  • 25 May-5 June – Campaign period
  • 7-14 June – Voting period
  • 16 June – CSM17 Announcement

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  • Guilford Australis

    After the last few years of CCP faceplanting relentlessly and pissing off virtually everyone, I think the quality of the CSM17 roster will be a hint about the future of EVE. If we end up with few candidates who’ve been around long enough to know what’s what, and many “Hello, I’m Barry Bumfark from some no-name highsec alliance. I’ve played since 2019” candidates, that won’t be a good sign.

    April 21, 2022 at 12:00 AM
    • Scary isn’t it.

      April 21, 2022 at 12:19 AM
    • I dunno, given the quality of the shit they’ve put out with experienced, intelligent CSMs, maybe if we had a pack of drooling idiots in there instead, they’d object to the good changes, so CCP would make those, instead.

      April 21, 2022 at 12:53 AM
    • kwnyupstate . Guilford Australis

      I don’t believe the bad CCP choices were because they don’t understand the impact of changes but rather they have other goals so who cares who gets elected anyway? We should all just vote for random nobodies.

      April 21, 2022 at 4:37 AM
    • Garreth Vlox Guilford Australis

      If the players really wanted to send CCP a message everyone with a brain would refuse to run and let CCP watch a group of the most clueless chucklefucks ever seen run for the CSM.

      April 21, 2022 at 10:30 PM
      • Xandryll Garreth Vlox

        That’s how CCP Greyscale was able to get his null nerfs past CSM 5. They didn’t care enough to stop him. As a result, null blocs realized they needed a voice in the council for the sake of the game. A stupid CSM would solidify CCP thinking industry is in a great place for starters.

        April 22, 2022 at 7:07 AM
        • Garreth Vlox Xandryll

          “A stupid CSM would solidify CCP thinking industry is in a great place for starters.”

          Rattati has already said that… and he’s the one calling the shots

          April 22, 2022 at 5:32 PM
  • kwnyupstate .

    Yay another election of pointless people because CCP doesn’t listen to or consult them.
    How relevant.
    If you want to waste your time traveling to CCP meetings and not having your voice heard start your candidacy now!

    April 21, 2022 at 4:34 AM