“Eve teaches you all sorts of horrible things about people,” he says. “There has never been a successful democracy in Eve Online. They either implode or they get steamrolled.”
Alex Gianturco (alias: The Mittani), prominent speler van MMORPG Eve Online, zet uiteen waarom hij zo succesvol is als machiavellistische ruimtedictator.
“People want to be led by someone who’s strong and someone who’s bold,” he says. “If they see weakness, then everything begins to collapse.”
To ensure the success of Goonswarm Federation, Gianturco runs the alliance with an iron fist.
“How do you deal with dissenters?” he says. “A lot of people, when they encounter someone who says they’re a shitty leader, they will do the two most common things: They will have a big screaming drama on the forums, or meet with the dissenter and try to listen to them. Obviously if someone has a valid criticism, you should try to fix those. But a lot of the time, people just try to stir shit.
“So what you actually do is quietly shoot them in the back of the head when no one is looking. You don’t make a big deal out of it. You don’t announce it. When nobody’s looking, just remove them. No man, no problem.”
Gianturco has been in power ever since.