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Rumor: Game Testing this Weekend?

Posted by Michael Bitton on Jun 25, 2010  | Comments

Rumor: Game Testing this Weekend? - Star Wars: The Old Republic - MMORPG.com

A now 226 page thread on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic ignited rumors of a potential Game Test this weekend for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

A number of screen caps have leaked (and have since been squashed, but I'm sure you guys can still find them somewhere) lending credence to the rumor, and SW:TOR Community Manager Sean Dahlberg has posted several times to address the rumors (but not deny them), but we don't expect to hear anything official from Bioware on this so we're still going to have to call this a rumor.

Some quotes from Sean on the rumor below:

#1:

Hey everyone,

Thanks for the information and it's definitely interesting that people are posting about our Game Testing Program. We don't have anything official to say at this moment but if you have any questions, please check out the
Game Testing Program FAQ.

#2:

The Game Testing Agreement that was agreed upon (when signing up for game testing) states:

PERMITTED DISCLOSURES
1. The fact that there is a Game Program.
2. The fact that you are a member of the Game Program.

Outside of that, it is a violation of the agreement to do anything more such as posting images or screen captures of anything related to Game Testing that is private and confidential and not already publicly revealed by The Old Republic team.

#3:

We have seen many questions about the Game Testing Agreement and we want to clarify a few things.

  1. Per the Game Testing Agreement, a user can state there is a Game Testing Program.
  2. Per the Game Testing Agreement, when someone is selected for testing, they can disclose the fact that they are a member of the Game Testing Program.

That is the extent of it and anything else would be a violation of the Game Testing Agreement. Users that are found to post or even repost confidential materials (such as invitations, Game Tester Portal, etc) will be permanently removed from the Game Testing Program and subject to discipline up to and including permanent removal from the service. This is not limited to screenshots of the game but taking "screen grabs" or sharing of confidential documentation and materials.

If you have any questions pertaining to this, ask them here.

#4:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Costello
Does this include screen shots of the initial mail asking if they want to participate? Cause its out there and unless you accept it are you accepting the NDA?

If or when someone is invited to Game Testing, such a document is confidential and should they share it in any form, it is a violation of the Game Testing Agreement.

To make it super simple, unless it is something that is public accessible on the website without being logged in and posted by The Old Republic Team and it's not someone simply posting "I'm in Game Testing", it is probably a violation of the Game Testing Agreement.

This includes people who are just reposting and were not directly sent the information from The Old Republic Team.

#5:

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeeDee
I'm sure Sean's NDA is different from ours and has many more restrictions

edit - you still get your wish (tomorrow?)
Yes, Sean's "NDA" is part of his job... and I like my job. It allows me to help drive my team to give all of you great content and news and updates and, once the game is out, keep everyone as informed as possible. So, I don't want to violate my "NDA" because it doesn't just mean I'm out of testing, I could be out of a job

On a more serious note, though, while the Game Tester Agreement is full of legalese, the short of it all is that outside of two simple statements, there isn't much of anything that a Tester can say or do outside of the game and any related communication tools provided.

For anyone discussing things that may be questionable; if you can't find the information posted by someone from the TOR Team in a public area (i.e., something you can read without being logged in)... don't quote or discuss it.

For anyone caught violating the rules, they will be notified and depending on the situation, they may be (1) temporarily suspended, they may be (2) removed from any testing, or they may be (3) permanently removed from the service or a combination of the above. Regardless, they will be notified of such actions and any and all relevant information will be documented.

So there you have it folks. Make of it what you will.  My advice? It's better to believe it isn't true, that way you're hating less people this weekend!

DarthHater [via Massively]

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB