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Posted: Mar 18th 2009 3:45PM (Unverified) said

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This has to be a total rumour. Why the hell would Cryptic shot themselves in the foot just to get some more beta testers?? ESPECIALLY right before launch. I'm convinced it's a rumour without even hearing anything else.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 4:40PM (Unverified) said

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It's no more outrageous than dozens of other marketing tactics employed by every game publisher in the universe.

I am NOT saying that makes it okay. I'm just saying that if you're honestly shocked and disappointed by the idea that this could happen, you are pretty naïve.

Posted: Mar 18th 2009 7:06PM (Unverified) said

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dunno about you, but i've never heard of one company contacting people through the mail system of another company's product. that is totally unprofessional, and gives people a very negative view on their tactics.

I can't see CO risking this right before launch.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2009 5:48PM CCon99 said

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Well it seems to have merit after all, this was posted by Iron Angel on the Champions forums. It comes from Ivan Sulic who is their Marcom Manager.

"So, we're currently running the closed beta test for Champions Online and a few of our employees thought it might be a good idea to contact avid MMO notables and various guild leaders floating about to see if they wanted to test. I'm certain this wasn't meant to be a malicious attack on a competing product, nor did anyone intend to steal players, violate user agreements, kill babies, or knife hardworking farmers in the back. We had invites to send and the folks who send them figured people who play MMOs most might want them most. If a line was crossed, it was totally inadvertent and no harm was intended.

That being said, we have just recently restructured the Community, PR, and Marketing departments (part of the reason I'm here), so we'll make sure to stay straight as an arrow from here on. Shills, poaching, bullshotting... No chance, man. We make good games and we hope people will play them. Best anyone can do, right?"

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