BioWare cautions against 'Old Republic' beta scams

BioWare warns gamers to avoid unsanctioned sites offering Star Wars: The Old Republic beta access.

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There seems to be a bit of drama surrounding the beta for BioWare's upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The developer posted in the game's official forums, warning folks to steer clear of any website or individual claiming to "sell beta accounts." (via GamePolitics)

In general, the selling of beta accounts is prohibited by BioWare, but community manager Allison Berryman provided some clarification about the specific scams. "It has come to our attention that there are multiple individuals and sites claiming to sell testing accounts, 'beta keys', or other offers of access to our Game Testing Program," she said.

"All of these offers are false," Berryman continued. "BioWare is not issuing invites to Game Testing via any method other than those we outline here on SWTOR.com. We must caution you that these offers are often scams designed to steal your money, credit card information, or identity."

She added that all beta accounts are monitored under BioWare's Game Testing Program, and that when an account switches hands, it's almost immediately noticed. When this occurs, BioWare takes swift and decisive action, "including permanently banning the account from the service."

For those who are unclear whether or not an invite they've received is on the up-and-up, genuine beta invites will be sent to users from no-reply@bioware.swtor.com. Gamers that encounter any invites or offers of the scam-tastic variety can report suspected beta key malfeasance by emailing bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com.

From The Chatty
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    March 22, 2011 1:30 PM

    Comment on BioWare cautions against 'Old Republic' beta scams, by Jeff Mattas.

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      March 22, 2011 1:43 PM

      Scammers scamming people is drama?

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        March 22, 2011 1:50 PM

        well it's a good pre-emptive post because you know a bunch of folks here will get the phishing/scam and post it in the chatty

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        March 22, 2011 1:58 PM

        I imagine with this sort of scam they're trying to protect kids who might naively believe the process of buying a beta account to be normal practice. Bioware don't want to be banning potential customers 'cause of doucebags taking advantage of people.

        Also they don't want the general public playing a beta. They probably won't get the feedback they're looking for and also people may believe they're playing a free demo, find it's riddled with bugs and tell all their friends that ToR sucks.

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      March 22, 2011 3:11 PM

      I have no sympathy for someone getting scammed buying a Beta Invite. They probablly pay for gold/Power Leveling, and wonder why their account got hacked.

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        March 22, 2011 4:51 PM

        I think the two are wildly different. With the advent of pre-order bonuses and exclusives, it's not all that odd to think someone could pay to get beta access, and it does not suggest some sort of in-game cheater's mentality, unlike buying in-game services with real cash.