The Lawless Frontier of Deep Space: Code as Law in EVE Online

Melissa de Zwart, Sal Humphreys


Abstract

This article explores the concepts of player agency with respect to governance and regulation of online games. It considers the unique example of the Council of Stellar Management in EVE Online, and explores the multifaceted role performed by players involved in that Council. In particular, it considers the interaction between code, rules, contracts, and play with respect to EVE Online. This is used as a means to better understand the relations of power generated in game spaces.

Keywords

law; rules; norms; governance; griefing

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