CSM – The Free Trip To Iceland


The CSM is a group of players democratically elected by the player base to work closely with CCP on the future of EvE Online. CCP hosts two CSM summits every term and the members of the CSM are invited to Iceland. Like any business trip, some of the travel expenses are covered by the company.  In this case, CCP pays for the hotel and the airfare for the CSM delegates attending the Summits. The logistical gratuity provided by CCP has led some players to call the CSM a “Free Trip to Iceland”. I am going to break down in detail all the ways in which that is bogus.

Lap of Luxury

As a former member of the CSM and having attended both summits during my term, I can say with certainty that this is not the vacation some people think it is. For starters, we do not get to choose what time of day the plane picking us up or dropping us off. We fly economy and usually get either Icelandair or WOW air for our trip to Iceland. Those of us that have connecting flights usually have to contend with odd hours and a counter-intuitive itinerary prepared by CCP. Once actually in Iceland, a driver picks us up at the airport and takes us in order of our arrival to our lodging. Upon arrival, our rooms were not ready the first summit and most of us had to wait in a crowded lobby until mid afternoon. There were similar problems during the second summit.

When we finally did get our rooms, we were antagonized by defective light switches, machine controlled windows that open and close on a whim, extremely loud construction sounds at all hours of the night, bright flood lights that shined directly into many of our rooms, missing towels and in one particular instance the entire building ran out of water due to an “obstruction” at 2 AM while I was taking a shower. We were provided with a taxi service to take us from the hotel in the morning to CCP HQ but we had to pay our own way back to the hotels after spending the day inside a very warm office room.

The Sauna is provided gratis

Many people responded to my wearing of tank tops with disdain and insults but what most people probably did not realize is that the room the CSM uses during the summits at CCP has horrible ventilation. It can at times reach 75-80F (23-26C) with the CSM, a bunch of CCP devs and a table full of laptops purring away. Aside from the total lack of ceiling fans or non-mobile cooling solutions I personally have a condition called autism that causes me to generate more BTUs than I should and this results in profound discomfort in warm environments. There is a window in that room but the flow of air is such that without any actual wind, cool air doesn’t really enter the room.

A part time job

I have said before that the CSM is essentially a part-time job where you are an unpaid volunteer consultant/communication apparatus. In the real world I work in retail and while horror stories from this industry are to be found all over the internet, the CSM is challenging in different ways. The CSM summits are probably the most work intensive period of your term on the CSM because you are spending an entire work day in one location. Anybody who is under the delusion that CSM delegates are out going on tours or actually experiencing Iceland should remember that this pipe dream was initially started as a sarcastic joke. I would be the last person to discourage somebody from running for a spot on the CSM but I will say that it is important that you are aware of the significant time investment required. If you decided to run because you were told that it was a “free trip to Iceland” then you are sorely mistaken.  

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  • CK

    Slow news day?

    April 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM
  • Geoffrey Byrne

    Oh poor you. Cry me a river.

    April 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM
    • Xenuria Geoffrey Byrne

      More just trying to bust a myth.

      April 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM
  • Stop whining

    “I’ve never been on a business trip and don’t understand that the real world has challenges.”

    April 13, 2017 at 12:11 PM
    • Rhivre Stop whining

      I have never seen anyone complain that the CSM has a free business trip to Iceland.

      April 13, 2017 at 12:27 PM
  • Elliott Spitzer

    Shut the fuck up Xenuria

    April 13, 2017 at 2:40 PM
    • Xenuria Elliott Spitzer

      Is there any particular part of my article that you find objectionable?

      April 13, 2017 at 5:40 PM
      • thrasher Xenuria

        It sounds like it got generated by a computer – It’s cold and tasteless.

        April 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM
  • Pediatric Proctologist

    A/s/l ?

    April 13, 2017 at 5:15 PM
  • daniel

    i honestly can say that this is and was one of the very very best eve related articles that i read since imp.news launched – and even for a general i.n piece this is extremly good work.

    April 13, 2017 at 5:53 PM
    • Xenuria daniel


      April 13, 2017 at 10:23 PM
  • Feiryred

    Too many lovely people & waaay too many beers…! I take all of that back! Never too many beers *Cwtch* x

    April 13, 2017 at 7:50 PM
  • FunkyBacon

    Lazy article writing. You barely scratched the surface of the experience.

    April 14, 2017 at 12:56 AM
    • Xenuria FunkyBacon

      Please explain. Have you been on the CSM?

      April 14, 2017 at 11:25 AM
      • FunkyBacon Xenuria

        Is that a serious question? Because I feel like you should know the answer.

        April 21, 2017 at 1:06 AM
        • Xenuria FunkyBacon

          Are you going to try and say that I am wrong and that it IS a free Vacation?

          April 21, 2017 at 11:55 AM
  • Frans Bovens

    You describé the average holiday, crowded planes, bad hotels, and omg u have to pay a bit letf and csm is a kick ass experience which leaves you to decide how muhc time you invest. It can consume you in hours. Access too ccp plans and the ability to contact devs is great. To take a way the view from csm off ccp is what struck me most. The passion and dedication with which they develop our game. Too see ccp rise, and fozzie being insane knowledagble , even if you dotn agree with some plans, there is no denying the passion they feel for eve as developer and gamer. The inside view on ccp as a compagny, almost a family, eating warm togtehr , often with families at work cause food is pricy in iceland. The welcome when thy invite you too their homes, leeloo and falcon being kind host too play games at their home. And then too have a drink and meet your fellow csm members from all over the globe, oh yes, i think its worth it, the csm is a blast if you love eve.

    April 14, 2017 at 3:57 PM
    • Xenuria Frans Bovens

      Umm… I never got invited to the Falcon and LeeLoos place.

      April 15, 2017 at 12:30 AM
  • Jump Clone

    Now you’re free from any ties with CCP, we’d gladly hear more of the ideas you could have had if you had belonged to the CSM. As a proud HS corpless dweller, I tend to shit on the CSM on every occasion, but I know the guys trying to belong to it are men of goodwill just wanting to see their hopes crushed by Eve, as expected

    April 14, 2017 at 5:22 PM
  • Caleb Ayrania

    +1 I was entertained!

    April 16, 2017 at 1:28 AM
  • Kyeudo

    Xenuria, never change.

    April 17, 2017 at 10:14 PM