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SOE gives free game time for yesterday's login issues

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John Smedley
If you were one of the players affected by Sony Online Entertainment's network-wide downtime yesterday, we have some good news. The company has announced on various social media outlets that it will be giving away two days of free access time to all accounts. This includes those on Landmark's beta access accounts as well.

"We deeply regret the recent service interruption that is currently impacting all SOE games," DCUO Community Manager Mepps said in a forum post. "As a thank you for your patience, we will add two days of membership time to all members' accounts."

According to EQ2wire.com, this downtime was caused by the SonyOnline.net domain name expiring, which SOE president John Smedley addressed in a tweet: "Sorry for the DNS problems folks. Won't happen again. Notices sent to wrong email. Doh."

The Stream Team: Latest Landmark tour and code giveaway

Betas, Fantasy, Video, New Titles, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, Livestream, The Stream Team, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

Now that we know claim wipes won't be leveling the landscape, the construction business in Landmark has been revitalized. Players are digging back in, sometimes quite literally, and Massively's MJ is going to peek in and poke through more marvelous creations. Don't have a claim of your own yet? Don't miss out on the fun; we have a slew of new beta codes to get you in on the Landmark action! So tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to finish off the workweek with us and nab a code for yourself.

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, May 30th, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

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Win an iPad Mini and SteelSeries headphones in Massively's Gameloft giveaway

Fantasy, Contests, Events (Real-World), Massively Meta, Mobile, Giveaways, Promotions, Miscellaneous

Order and Chaos Online
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with free stuff? Massively has teamed up with mobile developer Gameloft this week to give away both an iPad Mini with Retina Display and a set of SteelSeries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Edition headphones to one lucky reader of Massively or our sister sites, Joystiq and WoW Insider. Gameloft is the company behind Order and Chaos Online, a multi-platform mobile MMO featuring questing, PvP, mounts, and guilds. It's currently free on the iOS App Store for a limited time.

Here's how you can enter to win:
  1. Download Order and Chaos Online on iPhone or iPad (it's free!).
  2. Create a character within the game with this symbol included in the name: ^^^
  3. Post that character's name in the comments of this article and enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
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You can also enter directly on Joystiq and WoW Insider. Good luck, everyone!

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Star Trek Online is giving players two free ship slots

Sci-Fi, Star Trek Online, Free-to-Play, Giveaways

STO
Boldly going where no one has gone before in Star Trek Online will be easier than ever come Thursday. Cryptic announced today that it will be gifting all existing players with two additional ship slots on Thursday, May 8th.

Players begin with two ship slots and obtain more by leveling, buying them in the store, or from other in-game achievements. A ship slot allows for the storage and use of a starship, giving players the option to switch between ships as needed. Two ship slots from the store costs 500 ZEN.

SOE compensates players for All Access issues

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, DC Universe Online, Giveaways, PlanetSide 2, Dragon's Prophet, Landmark

EQ2
Acknowledging that the recent switchover to the new All Access program has been "frustrating," SOE announced today that it will be compensating its playerbase for these issues.

The studio will be handing out 50 replay badges to DCUO players, adding an additional week to seven-day Landmark closed beta keys, and triggering double XP weekends for Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and PlanetSide 2.

"The implementation of this new membership plan across SOE's game portfolio has been one of the most complicated updates to our billing system to date," SOE apologized in a post. "As fellow gamers, we know that this has been frustrating and we sincerely regret any inconvenience this has caused."

Star Wars: The Old Republic handing out free astromech pets

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Free-to-Play, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Giveaways

SWTOR
The internet and geek culture sure love its made-up holidays, doesn't it? And so, as we are on the verge of Star Wars Day ("May the fourth be with you"), Star Wars: The Old Republic is preparing to celebrate by giving away adorable blue astromech droid pets to its playerbase.

Players who log in any time from April 29th through May 4th will be able to claim the MT-4T droid minipet. SWTOR will also be hosting a double-XP weekend starting Friday, May 2nd, at 2:00 p.m. EDT and ending on Monday, May 5th, at 3:00 a.m. EDT.

The Stream Team: Teaming up in Marvel Heroes (and giving out codes!)

Super-hero, Video, Free-to-Play, Marvel Heroes, Giveaways, Livestream, The Stream Team

Sometimes you just want to grab a cape or some spandex and be a hero! OK, maybe just Massively's MJ does. Luckily, Marvel Heroes lets her do just that. And with the new Team Up feature that gives you a a sidekick hero and a special event weekend that includes a code for a free random hero, there is no better time to dive in and experience the action alongside her. Need more encouragement? How about a chance for free codes? Join us live at noon for your chance to get a Team Up pack!

Game: Marvel Heroes
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

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The Stream Team: Touring Landmark's landmarks and giving away codes

Betas, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Video, New Titles, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, Livestream, Sandbox, The Stream Team, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

There's so much creativity to experience thanks to Landmark's landmark contest, and Massively's MJ is trying to showcase as much as possible, which means she's adding plenty of obelisks, dwellings, temples, and other things that just have to be seen to her itinerary. Are you yearning to see these masterful creations up close? During the tour MJ will be giving out more beta codes so that you can join her on future tours. And for the Tigger in all of us, she'll have some Lunar Anklet codes to distribute as well. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for the next round and astonishing creativity and a chance to add yours to the mix!

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. EDT

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The Stream Team: More Landmark beta, more codes!

Betas, Fantasy, Video, New Titles, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, EverQuest Next, Livestream, Sandbox, The Stream Team, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

Landmark's closed beta is a whole day old! That means Massively's MJ has only had 24 hours in which to lose herself in this brave new world. We know that is not nearly enough time, so she's diving right back in (has she even left?!) and exploring, mining, and logging to her heart's content. And did we mention she'll have more closed beta codes to give away? Be sure to join us live at 6:00 p.m. EDT to watch more adventures unfold (and maybe start some of your own!).

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. EDT

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The Stream Team: It's beta (and code giveaway) time in Landmark!

Fantasy, Video, New Titles, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, EverQuest Next, Livestream, Sandbox, The Stream Team, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

Eager to take the first steps into EverQuest Next Landmark's closed beta? Massively's MJ sure is! So she's jumping in just as quick as she can to check out how the world has changed. And because she really wants you to come along with her, she'll be giving away a couple of closed beta codes to those who are watching. You don't want to miss this first foray into the wilds of closed beta, so join us at 8:15 p.m. EDT.

Game: EverQuest Next Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Time: 8:15 p.m. EDT

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Shroud of the Avatar celebrates one-year Kickstarter anniversary with giveaways and events

Betas, Fantasy, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), Giveaways, Anniversaries, Housing, Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar
Shroud of the Avatar is bearing down on its one-year anniversary since the title was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and Portalarium has several giveaways and events planned for the occasion.

The events planned include several hour-long developer hangouts, an all-day hangout telethon on April 7th, and access to Release 4 for backers on the 7th as well. The studio will be giving away an Alienware gaming laptop, a trip to Austin to visit with the team, Founder adventure pledges, and weekend passes for Release 5.

Portalarium also announced that it's creating a fourth housing lot size to fit castles for Lords of the Manor. It's a four-fold increase in size over city lots and even comes with a moat -- because why have player housing if you're not able to drown your visiting friends?

Elder Scrolls Online sounds rallying call for final stress test weekend

Betas, Fantasy, Giveaways, The Elder Scrolls Online, Subscription

ESO
With launch right around the corner, ZeniMax is pushing hard to get Elder Scrolls Online in top shape for its world debut. This means one last big stress test weekend is on tap for later this week.

ZeniMax is sending out a huge wave of invites for the test and reminded players that any previous beta testers are automatically included in the fun. There is no NDA for the weekend, and any participants will be given a monkey vanity pet upon launch.

MJ will be streaming ESO from this beta test on Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST, so if you can't get in the game, definitely give her adventures a watch!

Prime World dishing out $38M of in-game currency to players today

Fantasy, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, Promotions, MOBA

Prime World
Prime World might only be in "beta," but it's getting the star treatment from publisher Nival today in the form of a massive giveway. Over $38 million in cash shop currency will be distributed among beta testers today at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

When the giveaway happens this afternoon, each registered tester will get 3,000 gold worth around $100 that can be spent in the cash shop as well as a free exclusive skin. We're giving you a heads-up because you can get in on this too as long as you register before 4:00 p.m. on the site or through Steam.

Nival is hosting the giveaway to show off the game's progress, including a reduction in matchmaking queue times and the merging of the Russian and English populations of the game.

[Source: Nival press release]

EQ Next Landmark devs randomly Tweeting free Founder's Pack codes

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EQ Next Landmark devs randomly Tweeting free Founder's Pack codes
If you are still wanting to get in on the alpha or beta of EverQuest Next Landmark but you haven't procured a Founder's Pack, you might want to follow the devs on Twitter. What started with Franchise Director Dave Georgeson tossing out a free code in a Tweet on Monday has snowballed into multiple devs offering packs via hidden pictures and multi-tweet puzzles. And the fun continues today! If you want to get in on the action, you'll need to follow: @DaveGeorgeson, @terryjmichaels, @omeeddariani, @Rosierap, @mhigby, and @PurrfectStorm. But we warn you, you'll have to be quick to nab these; the codes have been redeemed within seconds!

Massively Giveaway: Inferno Legend VIP bundle

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Inferno Legend
If you ever wanted to play the bad guys in Diablo instead of the good guys, then Gamebox's Inferno Legend might just be for you. The isometric, turn-based action-MMO launched its open beta yesterday and allows gamers to play as everything from evil faeries to samurai because why not?

So let's get some free stuff to go with our evil faeries. Gamebox has given Massively a slew of VIP keys for a bundle of free items in Inferno legend, including 150 Diamonds, 20,000 Gold, 200 Power of Faith, 200 Power of Lineage, 100 Wickedness (*wink*), and an exclusive pair of shoes called Pilgrim's Trail, which when equipped increase the character's speed based on his or her level. The bundle also includes beta access.

To apply your key to your account, login to your Gamebox account or create a new one, click "code," input your gift code, and then click "claim."

This is a worldwide giveaway open to everyone everywhere (yay!). The keys are set to work right now and will last until we run out. Enjoy!

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