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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 4:30AM jslim419 said

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actually at even just 10 dollars an authenticator SOE is selling them at a loss. try and buy one anywhere else.. they are not cheap at all.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2011 8:53PM (Unverified) said

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*as yet announced date* for ios/free auth apps mean they gonan wait and see how much they make from the keyring one,and if it sells alot theyll charge for the ios ones :P

Posted: Aug 11th 2011 8:53PM mmogaddict said

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I also didn't see any way to order more than 1 at a time.

Posted: Aug 11th 2011 8:53PM ElfLove said

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I just bought one.

After all that happened in the last little while...it's about time.

Good Thinking SOE. ^_^



Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:06PM Tovrin said

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Now .... its time for Turbine to GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Give us some security with our Turbine accounts.

Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:12PM Dril said

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And here I was, thinking Blizzard didn't innovate...

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:21AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@Dril

On top of it, Blizzard sends them for free to people who get their accounts compromised. I'm guessing it's cheaper than handling the customer support circus that comes from restoring everything.

But then again, I guess SOE would have to send to to everyone...snap..
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Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:16PM Popplewell said

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Well I've closed the stable door, but the horse doesn't seem to be in there.

Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:38PM Celtar said

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Realize that the authentication process is not free for Blizzard, SOE or anyone else that uses them. They have to contract out this service and the fees can add up for the company that uses them.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 6:24AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@Celtar

Companies like SOE and Blizzard already host enough hardware - couple of Cisco TACACS+/RADIUS boxes is not a huge deal for them.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 2:03PM Celtar said

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@SgtBaker1234556

My point remains valid, it still "is" an added cost. I'm sort of on this band wagon to point out to those who are critical all the time of gaming companies and what they charge for things. To many players want something for nothing and I am tired of it because its a bad business for our hobby.

Those who want the games to be free etc want shoddy crap games and seem to not understand the concept of the cost of supporting a game, improving the game, paying employees, benefits, insurance, hardware, software costs etc etc.

I don't want to see more free crap games which offer nothing because the loud minority who want something for nothing. Quality costs and it costs to keep going.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:42PM ViRi said

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Isnt there a free iphone and android app for Blizzard, lets hope they make one for soe.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 10:34AM Space Cobra said

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@ViRi

Yeah, the FAQ mentions they are coming out with one "Soon".
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Posted: Aug 11th 2011 9:51PM Skyydragonn said

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I recall Blizzard stating theres were sold "at cost" This to me is yet another SOE failure. " Hey lets offer keyfobs to protect people from data loss becuase our inhouse security sucks. While were at it lets make sure we profit somehow!"

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 3:29AM (Unverified) said

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@Skyydragonn

Yeah, shame on a company for making a profit.
Also, their negotiated price may have been higher since the volumes would be lower. The manufacturing price of the units will have increased but likely Blizzard locked the manufacturer into a contract restricting price increases.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 8:05AM KvanCetre said

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@Skyydragonn

It really depends on what sort of volume discount they're getting.
Both appear to be using the Digipass Go 6. The website for the product itself doesn't seem to give any specific costs, the best I could find is http://www.esecuritytogo.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=5414602191007-1

Third party sites probably charge more, but even with the biggest discount this site offers, the price is $12.50 per unit.
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Posted: Aug 11th 2011 10:17PM Seldra said

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Well here's to hoping Bioware and Anet do the same thing for their upcoming mmos.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 2:16AM mmogaddict said

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@Seldra

SWTOR CE comes with an Authenticator and I'm pretty sure there was a post on the forums that you will be abel to buy one if you don't have the CE version.

That still leaves Turbine, Funcom and NCSoft as probably the other major players that don't have one yet.
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Posted: Aug 12th 2011 5:57AM FrostPaw said

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The only time my accounts have ever been compromised is by the developers poor security.

Posted: Aug 12th 2011 8:09AM KvanCetre said

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@FrostPaw
An authenticator would still prevent that ;)
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