The gap between game developer and video game player has been closed significantly over the years. Through the internet, communities where developers are present, Twitter and Facebook accounts where developers respond to fan questions, and more have allowed for a new back-and-forth relationship between the groups. Some take that desire to work together to a whole new level. Take, for example, EVE Online. You see, they want to not only work with players to make the game better, they want the community to vote on who works with them.
Called the Council of Stellar Management Elections, players from the EVE Online community vote for 12 individuals to be their representatives to the development team. And the team will work with them to make EVE Online better. In fact, the Council of Stellar Management will work with the dev team for a whole year, and be briefed on upcoming plans and changes to the game. Then, through discussion and relaying community feedback, they’ll work together to see what is the best plan going forward.
The ten lucky gamers who were voted to be on the council this year were: Innominate, NoobMan, Jin’taan, The Judge, Aryth, Steve Ronuken, Vince Draken, Rhiload Feron-drake, Suitonia, and Yukiko Kami.
To show full transparency for the voting event, the EVE Online team revealed the votes and broke down every aspect of it so that it could be proven that the voting and election was totally fair. An interesting side note they revealed was that though they had over 31,000 votes in the election, which, while it was higher than last years election, it was not a record. However, to them, this means that though things are going better in promoting the importance of this group, they’ll need to do more to ensure that everyone knows about it, in case they want to be on it, or nominate someone for it.