BioWare Warns of Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Scams

March 22, 2011 -

BioWare is warning that a number of ongoing scams to get into the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta are underway, and that would-be participants should be cautious. In a post on the game's official web site BioWare warned users to be careful of anyone claiming to "sell beta accounts."

"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," community manager Allison Berryman said on the SWTOR forums.

"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." BioWare added that selling of beta accounts is strictly prohibited for obvious reasons.

"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."

Further, anyone that receives such an offer should disregard it. A genuine and free beta invite will come from no-reply@bioware.swtor.com, so keep that in mind. You can also report scams by sending an email to bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com.

Source: SWTOR.com by way of C&VG

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Andrew EisenChanged their ethics policies? That's overselling it, don't you think?08/04/2015 - 1:35am
IronPatriotAndrew, before anti-science Baldwin coined "Gamergate", there was pre-existing harassment of women in gaming like Sarkeesian. Gamergate got applied to it to add an excuse, but all the "ethics" claims were lies.08/04/2015 - 1:34am
Andrew EisenGood general advice, I think: if you don't like someone's opinions to the point you find them upsetting, stop consuming their output.08/04/2015 - 1:33am
MattsworknameAndrew: Fair enough.08/04/2015 - 1:33am
Mattsworknameclaims were accurate08/04/2015 - 1:33am
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Andrew EisenMatt - Most of the comments I've seen of his I thought were dumb. So... I don't read his Twitter.08/04/2015 - 1:33am
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MattsworknameAndrew: Fair enough, i'll say say that I imagine most would find his actions in that regard vile and leave it at that, you can look into on your own if you like08/04/2015 - 1:31am
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Andrew EisenI prefer to discuss specifics.08/04/2015 - 1:28am
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Andrew EisenI have no idea who that is or what McIntosh said about him so I can't comment.08/04/2015 - 1:25am
IronPatriotAndrew, you are right. So since NONE of gamergate's founding targets had ethics breaches, those who claim gamergate was founded for "ethics" are wrong. Right?08/04/2015 - 1:25am
MattsworknameAndrw: normally i'd not have the energy to hate, but with him, one thing set me off. His actions regarding Chris hitchens following his death. I found them deplorable and an example of the most vile kind of ideaogical hate in exsistance08/04/2015 - 1:24am
ZippyDSMleeMattsworkname: I been chipping away at the 17k story for over 5-6 years LOL The 40K one 4 times that. But I only started to take heavy notes around 06 or so.08/04/2015 - 1:23am
MattsworknameAndrew: huh, il have to double check that. sorry for the mix up08/04/2015 - 1:23am
 

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