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

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Melissa de Zwart
Sal Humphreys


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.

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Coding Labour (Peer Reviewed)
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Melissa de Zwart, University of Adelaide

Associate Professor

Adelaide Law School

Sal Humphreys, University of Adelaide

Senior Lecturer,