PSA: Don't Get Hacked By Phony Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta Invites

by Adam Biessener on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:30 AM

BioWare is asking players to be wary about ongoing phishing scams that purport to give access to a Star Wars: The Old Republic beta that doesn't actually exist yet.

Posting on the game's official forums, BioWare senior community coordinator Allison Berryman cautioned players against a series of scam emails that have been making the rounds lately. "All of these offers are false. BioWare is not issuing invites to Game Testing via any method other than those we outline here on," she writes.

Amusingly, Berryman took the opportunity to strike the fear of the banhammer into the playerbase as well: "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."

BioWare and parent company Electronic Arts are notoriously trigger-happy with their banning powers (not that we would wish certain segments of their, ahem, vocal community on anyone). Of course, the wonderful always-on internet-based copy protection for BioWare PC games since Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins lets them ban you from playing the games that you paid for along with your forum posting rights. So be polite on the official boards if you must post there, unless you really want some $60 coasters.