Hey you… yes, you… wanna buy some beta access? Star Wars: The Old Republic… nobody else has this one yet, you’d be the first… now, just hand over the cash…
Okay, so it might not have happened like that. But SW:TOR developer BioWare is warning that there really are a bunch of “cyber-bandits” who are advertising access to the game’s beta test. Two obvious problems, here. Firstly – the game’s not in beta testing yet, and secondly – even if it was, who pays to get into a beta?
The game’s community coordinator Allison Berryman has taken to the game’s forums to urge all gamers to be cautious. She reminds everybody that the only way to enter a beta test is via an official invitation from the developer itself.
“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.
“All of these offers are false. 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. While we understand that you are eager to participate in Game Testing, your security is extremely important, and attempting to participate in these offers could put you in very real danger.
“Furthermore, the sale of accounts with access to the Game Testing Program is strictly prohibited by the Game Testing Agreement. We closely monitor the activities of all accounts involved in the Game Testing Program, and are quick to notice accounts that change hands.
“In the event that an account in the Game Testing Program does change ownership, we immediately take action to the fullest extent possible, including permanently banning the account from the Service.
“You may also encounter e-mail scams that indicate you have been invited to the Game Testing Program. If you are invited to the real Game Testing Program, you will receive an e-mail with instructions from email@example.com. Any other e-mail address claiming to offer an invitation is likely to be a scam.”
If you have received a dodgy invitation or advertisement, please forward all details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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