Over the course of the current conflict in the North much controversy has surrounded a particular Darkness corporation, Kenshin. Beginning with the high-profile defection of one of its directors, (who stole several corporation assets including an unanchored Keepstar) Kenshin members have since been involved in several different instances of doxxing this director. Now former Kenshin CEO Vlade Randal finds himself alienated from Guardians of the Galaxy Executor Sort Dragon because of their respective attempts to deal with the matter and external pressure from commenters primarily on /r/eve.
Just recently, another director-level defection occurred, prompting further controversy with the revelation of the aforementioned high tensions between Vlade and Sort. Also uncovered were Vlade’s attempts to bring back some members involved with the doxxing effort after only a brief period had expired.
With that being said, little has been said by Vlade Randal himself and I wanted to hear his thoughts directly from him. Here is the interview, edited for formatting, structure, and grammar-related things. If you would like to read the raw logs, click here. These are Vlade’s opinions, from his perspective, and are not necessarily reflective of mine or New Eden Report’s.
Can you give a bit of historical context on Kenshin. and its current place in Darkness/Guardians of the Galaxy?
Before DARK we were in NCdot. We moved across to Darkness for several reasons, one of which was to have stable sovereignty, instead of the nomadic style play of NCdot. We have moved many times with DARK, as situations and political landscapes changed, until finally landing in Deklein, after World War Bee.
Since then things have been mostly stable. Of late, we have been targeted for espionage, perhaps due to our strong presence in combat operations. These events have put some strain on the corp, however our alliance has been supportive.
We are a multinational corporation. However, our strength is in our AUTZ. We are loyal members of DARK, we like the alliance, and being part of it.
Do you stand by your decision to have the members of your corporation involved/associated with doxxing rejoin after two weeks?
I believe that everyone has the right to vent their frustrations in the safety of their corp discord.
Having people rejoin is a difficult topic. On the one hand, I know they are friends… and I understand their frustration. On the other hand, a small few went way over the line
Is there a line here that can still be crossed? Do you think it’s okay to dox so long as it stays in corp?
Yes, there is still a line.
Most of us are part of a Facebook group and know each other and communicate on there also so it’s no surprise that people know each others Facebook pages. It’s what was done with this information that was not acceptable, also the seeking of IP addresses, and RL locations is not ok. It’s not something I condone even if it is within corp.
The challenging part is judging what level of bad behavior occurred from each individual and determining what the suitable punishment and consequence should be.
What is your opinion of Sort Dragon’s leadership?
He is a good leader and is faced with lots of challenges often caused by me, haha. I think he is stern when he needs to be, and diplomatic when he needs to be. I may not always see eye to eye with him, but that is irrelevant because at the end of the day we follow his lead because we have faith in him
Can you give a bit of insight into your decision to step down as CEO?
Sure. I founded Kenshin in 2012 with a set of goals I aspired to achieve. I have spent the last 5 years working on achieving those goals with the help of my corp-mates. We achieved and surpassed all goals over a year ago, so from a personal perspective I did what I set out to do.
After recent events and negative publicity, I felt it would be better for the corporation if I stood down and let some of the other guys step up. Banglord and Dafarr Maul are more than capable of taking the lead and they have my full support.
I can now focus on PVP and have fun again. Maybe I will get less abusive hate mails and Reddit threads.
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