"All of it surprises me."
Alex “The Mittani” Gianturco is a long-time Eve Online player. In real life, he’s a retired DC attorney. In Eve, he’s a ruthless space dictator. Thinking about his journey from fresh-faced player to being arguably the most powerful person in the game, he tells me none of it was planned. “If you were to tell me five years ago I’d be living in Wisconsin and running a space empire full time, I’d think you were crazy.” But that’s what he now does. Most of his days are spent managing people in his space alliance, running his own video game news website and doing yoga.
I’ve sought out Gianturco because I want to understand the draw of the game. Whenever Eve Online makes headlines, there’s a good chance Gianturco has had something to do with it. A quick search of his name reveals that he’s helped start wars, spied on enemies, orchestrated espionage missions and made a name for himself by leading the biggest and baddest group of players in the game. His experience with Eve has been so full of drama, back-stabbing and deception, there’s enough juicy fodder for a tell-all memoir.
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