CSM 17 Results Announced


Earlier this evening, the election results for the 17th Council of Stellar Management were announced, detailing the next ten player representatives to serve a year consulting with CCP and providing player feedback on issues within EVE Online. CCP Community Team members CCP Swift and CCP Zelus took us through the voting transitions live on CCP’s Twitch channel, which was then followed up by a DevBlog announcing the final results.

The Results

This year saw a grand total of 30,814 votes cast this year, a reduction of just under 8,000 votes compared to the CSM 16 election cycle. This year’s results saw an initial election quota (per the livestream) of 2,661 votes required to be elected in the first round. 

The initial five candidates were elected in that first round, with a surprising further 30 rounds between those five candidates and the sixth candidate to be elected. Additionally, the final two candidates did not exceed the required vote quota, but were elected to the CSM by merit of having the highest total vote counts when all other candidates were eliminated.

The successful candidates were, in order of election position (with number of votes acquired):

– Kazanir, Goonswarm Federation (4514)

– Luke Anninan, Fraternity. (4111)

– Angry Mustache, Goonswarm Federation (3156)

– Brisc Rubal, The Initiative. (2920)

– Kenneth Feld, Pandemic Legion (2798)

– Storm Delay, Pandemic Horde (2568)

– Pandoralica, The Initiative (2537)

– Arsia Elkin, Electus Matari (2593)

– Mark Resurrectus, TURBOFEED OR GLORY (2432)

– Jinx de’Caire, Brave Collective (2388)

This year sees the only three incumbents who chose to run—Brisc Rubal, Kenneth Feld, and Arsia Elkin—be re-elected. Arsia Elkin, of note, wins her first CSM election, having replaced ProGodLegend as a member of CSM 16 in January 2022 when PGL stepped down.

Comments From Candidates

We approached a number of the successful candidates for comment about how they felt about these results, and they had this to say:

Brisc Rubal: “Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote—given the state of the game, it’s amazing turnout was as high as it was.  I am looking forward to my final term on the CSM, and I will do my best to help get the newest members up to speed, given we have a record 8 first time CSM members on CSM 17.”

Arsia Elkin: “It was a hard fought race. I knew that I’d get a lot of votes from Torvald if I stayed ahead of him, but I was never sure of my chances until the very end. The field was really strong this year and I’m honored that people placed the trust in me that they did. I am especially happy to be able to be in the room for the upcoming faction warfare changes and help see a lot of the ideas I ran on both this year and last be implemented in an area of the game that’s needed love for a decade.”

Pandoralica: “I’m pretty proud of getting elected, but even more proud of the fact that a lot of people seem to put trust in me from all kinds of backgrounds and playstyles. I will do my best not to disappoint them. :D”

Angry Mustache: When asked for comment about how it feels to be elected to the CSM for the first time, Angry Mustache had just two words to say: “feels gravitas”. This, of course, as a reference to Twitch commentary from CCP Rattati during the Era of Scarcity.

We also spoke to Ithica Hawk, the candidate with the 11th-most votes in this election, which puts him in the unenviable position of being the first alternate should any of the new members step down. 

Ithica had this to say: “CSM17 is a solid crew. I’m glad to see Mark, Pando, Brisc and Jinx on it. From interacting with them over the campaign period I think they will all do great jobs this year. Being 11th is pretty cool for my first time running. I’m very grateful for everyone who chose to vote for me and give me their support.”

Here at INN, we would like to send our congratulations to all incoming CSM 17 members, and our commiserations to everyone who missed the mark this year. We would also like to thank the seven outgoing members of CSM 16 (many of whom have served long years providing valuable feedback to CCP) for all their efforts, and wish them luck as they move on to their future EVE exploits.

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  • Garreth Vlox

    Stop the sham and refuse to participate, CCP will continue to ignore the CSM for as long as players go along with their controlled focus group.

    June 16, 2022 at 11:28 PM
    • hanabal Garreth Vlox

      Dude just because they dont do everything the csm suggests or sometime do things without telling them that doesnt mean it’s a sham having some kind of voice for the players is better then no voice at all do you think they would have done the materials reductions on blueprints without the csm I can tell you now they wouldn’t have

      June 17, 2022 at 4:16 AM
    • Havish Montak Garreth Vlox

      As long as we have CSM members CCP can’t claim the players agree with the changes.

      June 17, 2022 at 8:16 AM
      • Garreth Vlox Havish Montak

        they never claimed to care that the players agree with the changes, they have even gone so far in the past as to tell the player they don’t know what’s good for them as they introduce terrible ideas with next to no CSM input and then claim it worked great while player count numbers crater…

        June 17, 2022 at 11:29 PM
    • kwnyupstate . Garreth Vlox

      Congrats to all the CCP fanboys and girls who want freebies and trips to Iceland and appearances on stage at CCP events. This is just a vanity project for CSM members basically. I hope the players watch and see which CSM members get paid trips and agreed appearances at CCP events and go out for drinks with CCP staff while at the same time proclaim how mad they are at CCP. If a CSM member proclaims loudly that players can and should vote with their feet and pocketbook and then hobnob with CCP what does that say about their own true feelings?
      Remember if you TRULY are not happy with people you don’t socialize with them, have drinks with them, hang out with them and so on. I would like each viewer of this comment to ask themselves what they would do in this situation.

      June 17, 2022 at 6:42 PM
      • Dude, it’s a video game. I think you need to step back and get some perspective.

        June 19, 2022 at 2:19 PM
    • Malcanis Garreth Vlox

      “Stop voting in the CSM until more people vote in the CSM!”

      Bold plan, Cotton. Let’s see how it plays out.

      June 19, 2022 at 2:03 PM
      • Garreth Vlox Malcanis

        I’m not sure if you read my comment or not, but I don’t see the part where I said anything about voter participation beyond “don’t particiapte at all”… This is entirely about how CCP uses the CSM as a distraction/scape goat like focus group which they completely ignore 99% of the time but talk about and act like it has some huge usefulness to the games developement even though anyone who looks at what the CSM says and what CCP does knows that’s complete horseshit.

        June 19, 2022 at 3:50 PM
  • I’m not known for my mathematical abilities, but is that a participation drop of about 20% vs last cycle? Presumably we could reasonably posit that players keyed-in enough to EVE events to know about the CSM elections and bother voting in them (in years past when I voted, just clicking through all the authentication steps for all those accounts was enough of an affair to prove reasonably annoying) are (were?) among the game’s more dedicated players? I’d say the participation stats are the real news here…

    June 18, 2022 at 6:28 AM
    • Dirk Stetille Ganthrithor

      I’m a bit late here, but yes, it’s a hell of a drop. I’m chalking it up to :ccp: overall, but then, there’s nothing CCP doesn’t need to improve overall either, so… idk. What can you do?

      June 26, 2022 at 8:51 PM