There has been a bit of a stir on the Official Forums as it seems that certain guilds are selling strategies for Infernal Dawn raid encounters on their website for $5 US. Far be it for us to tell how other people can make a buck on the internet, but here is Dunharrow’s original point:
There is a certain guild which considers itself above those of us lesser beings. Let’s call them “Abracadabra” so that they can remain anonymous. Abracadabra is awarded special privileges to test multiple bosses before they are released. After seeing content before its released, Abracadabra then clears the content before other guilds.
So far its an annoyance for other players, but no problem.
Then Abracadabra decides to release strategies for the boss encounters they cleared before others, thereby ruining the experience for those guilds by putting the strategies into mainstream knowledge.
Now we have a problem, but it gets worse.
As the coup de grace, Abracadabra decides to sell strategies for the boss encounters they cleared before others thanks to their testing experience. The price? $5 a pop. I’m not putting the link here, but everyone knows the Rift strategy site.
Keep reading to find out Trion’s response.
Now is this a real issue? One side of the coin will say that these guild(s) are merely making money selling their expertise and experience. You aren’t required to purchase these guides and most people prefer to figure out things on their own. However, the other side will complain that Trion is showing favoritism towards certain entities, by allowing them to test content, and in turn profit from it. It creates an unfair marketplace advantage if other folks would like to do the same thing.
Here’s what Trion had to say:
Originally posted by Elrar (Source)
I realize with any kind of competition emotions can run high and accusations can start to fly. I just wanted to take the time to clear up a few misconceptions because we’re going to continue using guilds to test future raid content and I want us all to stay on the same page.
- We minimize the number of encounters any one guild sees and do our best to not concentrate any one guild on adjacent encounters (i.e. Maklamos and Rusila, Ituziel and Ember Conclave, Maelforge parts 1 and 2).
- Guilds only rarely get repeated reps on a final tuned encounter and we sometimes (but not always) hold back final mechanics for live only.+
- We test with a variety of guilds, while some compete for world-firsts many don’t. This wide selection is extremely important to ensure they’re properly tuned – not just for the best of the best, but for all raiders.
We go to great lengths to ensure that testing is as fair as possible and any advantages earned are limited. You have to remember, internal testing or not – these are highly competitive guilds who invest huge amounts of their time and energy into this activity. We’ve already seen guilds who did not test with us on encounters get World Firsts before those that did.
It should also be noted that we hold all of our testing guilds and their members to strict standards – in fact, we’ve removed guilds from testing before and we won’t hesitate to again in the future. While we hope our trust is never breached we’ll do what is needed to maintain the integrity of the other guilds who play by the rules and volunteer their time to help make the game better for everyone.
In regards to selling strategy guides (about raiding or fishing) – these are the works of the individuals involved, as long as they’re not selling our work as their own or with-holding information about encounters from us (see above), it’s largely out of our domain (besides where intellectual property/EULA is concerned).
So with all that said – we really appreciate your desire to help in holding all accountable, but please be respectful of each other and have these discussions without assumption and with a civil tone.
It seems that Trion is saying that all is fair and they can’t do anything about it. The question is, is it fair that certain strategy sites are making money off of their personal invite from Trion to test their content?