If you play EVE Online
or follow its news, you've probably heard of the Council of Stellar Management
(or CSM for short). They're a democratically elected group of players that volunteer a lot of free time to help the developers improve EVE
. The CSM's job is outlined in the official summary document as "to represent society interests to CCP"
. They act as an intermediary between CCP's development team and the EVE
players but what do they actually do and have they made a positive impact on the game? I initially researched the CSM one month after the institution's inception
when it was much too early to tell. With three six-month terms completed and a fourth about to start, there's now enough information to take a real conclusive look at how well the system works.
Join me as I examine the creation of the CSM, how it works and what it's actually achieved since its inception.