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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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Not all of us do this, however.

    Yeah, I admit, I've been known to joke around with some particularly cruel subjects, but never about anyone in particular and only as inside jokes with friends who know I don't mean it.

    There's a big difference between joking about something amongst a group who knows and trusts you, and knows you are just kidding and hasn't got an issue with the black humour you're spreading, and this guy, who goes around mocking a person they don't know because of their psychological issues and then encouraging others to do the same.

    Or, in other words: One is somewhat acceptable, done without the right circumstances, the other is just plain disgusting and pathetic, no matter what the scenario is.

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    Papa Midnight says:

    I'm going to ask the same question again as I did the last time an article like this ran: Why is it that people suddenly care now, yet just a few years ago, and for the longest time prior to that (both on and offline), no one really cared? It was just "accepted behavior", "Gamers talk trash", "kids are cruel", "kids are mean", "kids will be kids", "boys will be boys", "girls will be girls", You all know the rest. It's as I said the last time, I don't knock the sentiment. I am only annoyed that it seems to be reactionary and being done because it is, frankly speaking, the cool thing to do now. I have zero tolerance for bullying, but I am personally disgusted when people who 10 years ago would've dismissed the act as being the status quo suddenly announce themselves to be the paragons of good nature and will.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    I commend him for his apology but the fact that he even said the words in the first place is just plain cruel.

    Suicide isn't a joke, whilst I have my own opinions on it I don't go and laugh at people who feel that way. I could understand this a bit more if the "mob mentality" played into this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_mentality) but he started it, therefore we can squarely place the blame on him.

    And people question my lack of faith in humanity? Hah.

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    DorthLous says:

    Welp, if he follows through, that just landed the weight to his words that he'll need to potentially recover from this black stain he brought on himself…

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    Conster says:

    From what I remember, ISK is the main currency in EVE, yes.

    There's also the fact that this is the most sincere-looking apology I've seen in the last year, material compensation or not.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    According to The Escapist, he Tweeted: "Step one, apologize profusely. Step two, resign. Step three, send all my isk to the victim. Entirely my fault and unacceptable."

    I'm guessing "isk" is some in-game currency or valuable.


    Andrew Eisen

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    DorthLous says:

    So, it's a game, you messed up and you want to apologize at the level of your mistake? How about you send everything of value you have in game to this player? That should put some weight behind those words?

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