BioWare cautions against SWTOR beta scams

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 00:06 GMT

BioWare has issued a warning against pursuing or purchasing beta invitations in the wake of several Star Wars: The Old Republic 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,” community manager Allison Berryman wrote on the SWTOR forum.

“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.”

The post goes on to warn that users put their identity and financial information in danger by pursuing false beta test leads.

And even if you stumble across someone genuinely selling their access, Berryman warns transfer of beta accounts is not acceptable.

“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.”

Berryman cautioned users that real beta invites will only ever come from no-reply@bioware.swtor.com, and to report false invites or access vendors to bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com.

Star Wars: The Old Republic will release exclusively for PC in the second or third quarter.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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