As promised, here is the "Future of the GPC" Statement from the Lead Community Manager, Sieperka.
I do have some opinions of my own on parts of this statement, but I'll let you lot have the first crack at it. Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing the post from Anna. As a player and customer, I feel reassured by their response and actions on this matter.
We have to give them credit. They gave us a great platform, and we botched it.
My sense is that the various council members drained the staff with trifling issues and small details. In other words, they missed the forest for the trees. I read your various reports, and I really felt sorry for the staff members. I am sure that they felt that the time was being wasted. I least would have felt that way.
I also feel that the Grepolis Player Council became very partisan and their members pushed for agendas that would benefit a very specific group of players. It clearly lacked universality and representativeness.
I am actually very happy that the staff was able to see the shortcoming mentioned above and shut down the whole initiative.
I guess some of the agents of the "Empire" will have to look for other venues to try to impose their views and agendas.
As some of them have openly stated here, they are all about controlling and limiting other ways of playing and being within the game.
Three cheers for the staff of InnoGames!