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BioWare Warns of SWTOR Beta Scam

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BioWare has discovered that websites are falsely selling and distributing beta keys for their upcoming title Star Wars: The Old Republic. The studio was quick to announce that all offers currently circulating the web are false. They also cautioned that the scams target both financial and identity information. "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," Community Manager Allison Berryman wrote on the SWTOR forum.

Berryman lists the official email that distributes the beta (no-reply@bioware.swtor.com) and the gateway to access the beta (www.swtor.com/tester). If you receive a legitimate-looking email but are convinced that it's a scam, shoot a mail to bwacommunitysupport@bioware.com to get a validity check.

Furthermore, should you get a hold of a legitimate beta key from a friend, Berryman affirmed that selling accounts is strictly prohibited: "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."

With this and the Gears of War 3 beta on the horizon, security surrounding early access to big titles needs to be tightened. There are already several videos on the internet showing the Gears of War 3 beta menu, activated through some simple hacking, though that doesn't start until mid-April. Still, betas have always been hot property, especially if they are closed or limited access through codes or special promotional offers, and their exclusivity is their main draw.

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Stuart Macdonald
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