Bioware Warn Of ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Beta Scams

Posted By | On 23rd, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News

In a new post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums, community manager Alison Berryman warned of scammers claiming to be selling beta-keys for the upcoming Bioware title: “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 We must caution you that these offers are often scams designed to steal your money, credit card information, or identity.”

The post went on to say that the sale of beta keys is strictly prohibited by the ‘Game Testing Agreement’ and that they “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.”

If you receive a genuine invite, it’ll arrive in in an email from

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  • doub7

    That’s so shady tryin 2 take advantage of the diehard SW fans. Hope the ppl responsible get punished 4 this. The net is a crazy place these days.

    • That’s real life, it happens all the time. Someone stole my wallet recently and it had my license, insurance card and social security card in it. I won’t be surprised if they have credit cards in my name now.

  • PilarVIRUS

    I actually got an e-mail about this; my friend forwarded it to me trying to put in my face he had got one. Looks like I have something to reply with. HAHAHAHA that jerk!

  • doub7

    Wow Pilar that’s hilarious. I bet he feels pretty silly rite bout now. That sucks he got taken advantage of. I am always of the mindset that if it sounds 2 good 2 b true…it is!

  • woodysroundup

    Sigh, people who actually bought this are kinda…dumb. Oh well, atleast they made a statement about it which should reduce the amount of successful scams, hopefully.There a lot of 14~16 year olds that love the Star Wars world and they will probably get scamed because they cant make the difference between the fake and real site’s.
    Ohh well thats the world we live in

  • doub7

    Yeah I would feel sketchy about buyin a code when I hadn’t heard anythin bout it on any of the gaming sites. That would have been big news as anticipated as title as this is. Sad that this type of thing goes on but guess it always will.

  • doub7

    My buddy bought a preorder for a UK Assassins Brotherhood Codex Edition off ebay & then the guy kept his money & never sent it. So I definitely don’t recommend ever doin that, make sure the guys have the good in their hands. Luckily Visa resolved it.


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