In surprising news today, CCP Dopamine has posted a new dev-blog to let the playerbase know that Brisc Rubal has been removed from the Council of Stellar Management. According to Dopamine, Rubal was “found to be sharing confidential information with a member of his alliance that was later used by another alliance member to conduct illicit in-game transactions.” CCP Dopamine also revealed that other members of the CSM tipped CCP off to the potential problem. Both CCP and the CSM take the responsibilities of CSM members very seriously.
At this time, INN cannot identify with any confidence specific “illicit in-game transactions” which might have been involved, or whether this also involved RMT.
What is known is the steps CCP has taken in response:
- Brisc Rubal has been removed from his role as a CSM 13 representative effective immediately and will not be able to run in any future CSM elections.
- All his in-game accounts have been permanently banned from the game.
- Two other players involved in this incident have received a one-year ban.
- All the illicit assets and ISK gained from this incident have been confiscated.
In the inevitable reddit thread regarding the incident, Brisc himself has stated that he has “no idea what this is about, and I’m hoping it’s a mistake that gets resolved. I haven’t been given any information about it.”
Other members of the CSM have either been unavailable, or had no comment to offer.
CCP Dopamine recently took over the administration of the CSM, with the departure of CCP Guard at the end of last month.
UPDATE: Brisc Rubal has posted a full statement regarding the situation, calling the charges ‘baseless’ and the bans on the other two individuals, Dark Shines and Pandoralica “wrong and a travesty”.