Voting season is over in EVE Online's fifth CSM elections and the results are in! The Council of Stellar Management is EVE's democratically elected liaison council between CCP Games and the game's player-base. It's their job to collect a list of some of the best ideas and game design proposals suggested and voted on by players in the council forum. Once every six months, the council will meet with CCP for a week of rigorous meetings in Iceland to put forward those ideas and discuss their feasibility with EVE's development staff. There's no doubt that the CSM has had a legitimate impact on EVE's development and with this fifth term, they're even being given the ability to assign some development resources as they see fit.

Skip past the cut for a breakdown of this year's voting statistics and to meet the new members of EVE's CSM.
Getting people voting


Convincing people to vote in the CSM has been a difficult task for CCP. The first council election was preceded by huge media coverage and a heavy build-up to the voting process. A total of 24,651 players registered their vote in that first election back in 2008, putting participation levels at 11.08% of the total number of eligible accounts. The second election was a much bleaker story, with a voter turnout of only 8.61%. With CCP making a considerable effort to show players that the council had made an impact on EVE, the third election saw an increased voter turnout of 9.7%. That success was short-lived, however, as the removal of popular candidates from the running pushed participation in the fourth council elections down to 7.36%.

This year saw a few changes to the CSM and a record turn-out of 39,433 votes, making turnout 12.67% of the total number of eligible accounts. The majority of votes were cast in the first few days, with a last minute rush toward the end of the voting season. The average age of voters was 30.8 years, slightly higher than the average age of EVE 's player-base. Additionally, the average age of voting accounts was 2.18 years, showing that votes were mostly cast by veterans and that newer players were much less likely to vote. The average account age of voters was higher than previous years, indicating that newer players are not voting as much as they used to. For more statistics on the election, visit the election results devblog.

Here at Massively, we've been doing our bit to try and get people voting. During the election period, we produced a handy candidate round-up guide to help voters pick the candidate that best supported their views. It seems our efforts had a significant impact on the voter turnout this year, with CCP Diagoras recording a spike of voters in the days following the article. As many as 4000 players may have been convinced to vote thanks to our round-up, which is around 10% of the total voter turnout or about 1.3% of the total accounts eligible to vote. Candidates also reported a noticeable climb in the number of hits to their campaign websites during this period.

Meet the council


This year, the chairperson role was secured by first time candidate and notorious pirate Mynxee with a massive 4,116 votes. Making it into the CSM as full council members are Ankhesentapemkah, Dierdra Vaal, Korvin, Vuk Lau, TeaDaze, Meissa Anunthiel, Trebor Daehdoow and Sokratesz. In the event of their absence or inability to continue as part of the CSM, alternate council members mazzilliu, T'Amber, Helen Highwater, ALPHA12125 and ElvenLord will take over. Below is a summary of this year's CSM members and how many votes they received, along with their campaign information from our CSM roundup.


Chairwoman : 4116 votes

Name: Carole Pivarnik
EVE character:
Mynxee
Corporation:
Noir.(NOIR.)
Alliance:
Noir. Mercenary Group(NMG.)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, interview

Mynxee has made a name for herself as one of EVE's most notorious female outlaws. She's running for CSM on a strong platform of reforms to low security space and decreasing blobbing in PvP through new game mechanics.




Council Member : 3360 votes

Name: Eva Jobse
EVE character:
Ankhesentapemkah
Corporation:
Ammatar Free Corps(AFC I)
Alliance:
Curatores Veritatis Alliance(CVA)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, video, interview

Ankhesentapemkah was a founding member of the first CSM. She made a name for herself as someone to represent the interests of the average player and small corporations with no political voice. She ran for two consecutive terms, during which she made a big push for faction warfare reforms among other issues. With the term limits now relaxed, she's back in the running for this fifth round of the CSM. She plans to continue encouraging the average player to get involved with the CSM.



Council Member : 2521 votes

Name: Valentijn Geirnaert
EVE character:
Dierdra Vaal
Corporation:
Eve University(E-UNI)
Alliance:
Ivy League(IVY)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, interview

Dierdra Vaal was one of the founding members of the first CSM cycle and helped establish the rules and processes that are now used by the team. He skipped second term but returned to take the chairman position in the third round of the CSM by securing more votes than any other applicant. With the term limits removed, he's running for this term on a neutral platform and plans to represent every play style equally.



Council Member : 2196 votes

Name: Andrey Antonov
EVE character:
Korvin
Corporation:
Shadow Kingdom(SHK)
Alliance:
Ultima Rati0(U-RA)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread

Korvin was an active member of the fourth CSM and hopes to return for a second term. He's running on a platform of giving each race their own play style, removing useless items and other changes.



Council Member : 1649 votes

Name: Vuk Lau
EVE character:
Vuk Lau
Corporation:
4S Corporation(4S)
Alliance:
Morsus Mihi(RAWR)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread
Vuk Lau received just over two thousand votes in both the second and third CSMs. This made him chairman for the second council term and the second most voted-for member of the third. With the term restrictions removed, he hopes that his experience with the CSM will be valued once again.



Council Member : 1553 votes

Name: Jason Renouf
EVE character:
TeaDaze
Corporation:
Agony Unleashed(AGONY)
Alliance:
Agony Empire(AGONY)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread

TeaDaze was one of the members of CSM 4 and is running for re-election in the fifth round. He plans to push for reforms on low security space, small gang PvP and wormholes.



Council Member : 1519 votes

Name: Stephan Pirson
EVE character:
Meissa Anunthiel
Corporation:
Redshift Industrial(RS-I)
Alliance:
Rooks and Kings(HARK)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, interview

Meissa Anunthiel was an active member of CSM 3, and an alternate in CSM 2 and 4. He's running for CSM on a platform of convincing CCP to dedicate more resources to improving existing features rather than developing new ones.



Council Member : 1463 votes

Name: Robert Woodhead
EVE character:
Trebor Daehdoow
Corporation:
Sane Industries Inc.(S.I.I)
Alliance:
Initiative Mercenaries(IM)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, interview

Trebor Daehdoow is running for CSM on a platform of fixing lag and improving the game's user interface. The 51 year old player has had a long and successful career in the programming industry and believes he can take these talents into the CSM.



Council Member : 1260 votes

Name: Tim Heusschen
EVE character:
Sokratesz
Corporation:
Rionnag Alba(R A)
Alliance:
Against ALL Authorities(.-A-.)
Useful links: Campaign thread, interview 1, interview 2

Sokratesz was an active member of the fourth CSM and hopes to be re-elected for a second term. His efforts focus on preserving the sandbox nature of EVE and its emergent gameplay.




Council Alternate : 1178 votes

Name: Allison Nixon
EVE character:
mazzilliu
Corporation:
Sniggerdly(SNIGG)
Alliance:
Pandemic Legion(-10.0)
Useful links: Campaign thread, video, facebook

Mazzilliu was a member of the third CSM and has applied with hopes of making it into the fifth council. Her campaign website is unfortunately blank. Mazzilliu's campaign thread lists her objectives as boosts to small gang warfare, UI improvements, nerfing logoff tactics and more.



Council Alternate : 1173 votes

Name: Paul Oosterman
EVE character:
T'Amber
Corporation:
www.shipsofeve.com(SOEIT)
Alliance:
None
Useful links: Campaign forum thread, lottery

Known for his massive Ships of EVE lotteries, T'Amber was an alternate member of the fourth CSM. He's running for election on a platform of user interface, tool and mechanics improvements. He has taken the unorthadox strategy of running an almost free lottery whose prize pool depends on the number of votes he receives in the hope that players will vote to drive up the winnings.



Council Alternate : 1172 votes

Name: Iain Compton
EVE character:
Helen Highwater
Corporation:
GoonWaffe(GEWNS)
Alliance:
SOLODRAKBANSOLODRAKBANSO(LODRA)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread, interview

Helen Highwater was an alternate character in the fourth CSM and hopes to become a full member this term. He plans to use his experience in the fourth CSM to be an effective member of the fifth council. He wishes to be an integral part of delivering player the feedback on the upcoming Tyrannis expansion. As one of the GoonWaffe entries, he's sure to gain plenty of votes from his large corporate backing.



Council Alternate : 1104 votes

Name: Marcel Alesi
EVE character:
ALPHA12125
Corporation:
0utbreak(TOXIN)
Alliance:
None
Useful links: Campaign forum thread, interview

ALPHA12125 is CEO of 0utbreak and is running for CSM on a platform of pushing PvP and alliance issues.



Council Alternate : 1004 votes

Name: Tomas Ljumovic
EVE character:
ElvenLord
Corporation:
4S Corporation(4S)
Alliance:
Morsus Mihi(RAWR)
Useful links: Campaign website, forum thread

After his corpmate Vuk Lau had served both his terms, ElvenLord took his place and became chairman of the fourth CSM. He's currenty running for re-election alongside Vuk Lau on a platform of improving EVE's usability. He hopes to address issues with the user interface and consistency in game design.


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