EVE Online Player Apologizes for Mocking Suicidal Player During FanFest Panel

An elected representative of the EVE Online community strongly apologizes for his comments and actions during a live feed of the EVE Online FanFest event that took place last week. CCP Games said earlier in the week that it was appalled at the comments made by member of the EVE Online community and that it would launch an investigation.

The incident happened during a panel discussion moderated by CCP staff member and a Council of Stellar Management member on Thursday. The man accused of making the jokes and encouraging others to mock the unnamed "suicidal player" has been identified as 'The Mittani' (real name Alex Gianturco) – a Council of Stellar Management member. According to an EVE Online player named ‘Kestrel,’ 'The Mittani' showed an in-game conversation with the player to the crowd, laughed about it, and then encouraged other players to encourage him to commit suicide.

Alex Gianturco, the man at the center of this story, has made a lengthy and public apology to the community and to the player in question on the official EVE Online forums.

"I certainly don't want people to kill themselves in real life over an internet spaceship game," he said, adding that he has apologized to the player personally.

"I feel utterly ashamed and sickened by my behaviour," he continued. "I stumbled away from the [panel discussion] with a vague sense that I had done something horrible."

Gianturco went on to say that he hadn't realized the extent of what he had done until he saw footage later. He also claims that he was heavily inebriated at the time.

"I was so smashed that I didn't recall exactly what I said, as anyone who was there can tell you. When I came to the forums the other day and saw threads complaining about my behaviour – not remembering what I'd said – I assumed that I was enduring the usual anti-Goonswarm trolls, and posted something like ‘deal with it’ in my usual ‘The Mittani’ way. Then I landed, and saw the article listing my actual quote. Christ."

Gianturco said that he went too far by bringing the game into the real world and by mocking a troubled player in real life. He added that he is not the "sociopath" or the "sadist" he plays in EVE Online and that he certainly would never want someone to kill themselves over a game.

"CCP may say 'Eve is Real', but Eve is not real – and the line between the game and reality should not be overstepped," he added. "I'm relieved to discover that the Mackinaw miner is doing fine and mining away, despite being blown up by Goonswarm in-game. He deserves, and he has, my heartfelt apologies – here in public as well as a private apology. There's no excuse for what I did – while some might try to use my inebriation as a mitigating factor, I put myself in that compromised mental state, and the guilt of that is entirely mine."

Source: Develop by way of Andrew Eisen.

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