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36. Re: official word Dec 8, 2003, 18:13 House
kxmode, I work in a development studio, and the simple answer as to why external beta testers aren't compensated is that they are willing to participate without compensation. When a big company suddenly finds itself unable to get any beta testers for its next MMORPG, that's when you'll see it break out incentives like free copies of the game.

Wide-open external beta testing is really only good for a few things:

1. Stress-testing for large-scale multiplayer games
2. Compatability issues
3. Free publicity and word-of-mouth

Unfortunately, #3 is a large part of why so many games now have external beta test periods. Internal, paid testers are the most reliable source of bugs and gameplay issues.

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