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Edit: Long post. Don't read unless you have a few minutes of your life to waste.
Next one is coming up in mid-June. Every other LAN is tournament-based... this one hits the no-tourney rotation. We do that so that other games (ala JK2, SoF2, etc.) get played, and not the typical three (UT, Q3, CS) constantly. Plus, it allows those gamers who are less competitive to fit in and have a good time. People are welcome to setup their own tournaments there, however. We always just ask that they contact us with their plans before hand so we can prepare dedicated servers and whatnot.
As for hurting Blizzard through the beta: People aren't directly hurting their profit margin as of yet. I guarantee you a large # of current players out there, however, will not be purchasing the final.
The real problem factor here is not doing what the developer has asked. Yes, beta cd's were sent out. Yes, 5000+ were sent to legitimate testers (all of whom were either hand-picked by the devs or randomly due to location/comp specs in the sign-up they had months back). No, you weren't picked (I'm assuming), and No, I was not picked.
Here's the kicker: the devs made this a closed beta for a reason. Regardless of whether you plan to buy it or not, they did not make it public. You broke the law by downloading it, and you are continuing to break it for using it today. I understand your desire to become familiar with it and thus have a better edge over the legits when it hits shelves. Many others feel the same way you do. Yes, perhaps it us unfair that 5000 people are legally allowed to play the beta for months prior to when the rest of us are... but as you may have noticed, the beta has changed significantly since its initial release. I would wager more changes will take place. That doesn't throw off the fact that they have an edge... but if you are a dedicated player, their extra time will make no difference.
I'm not going to be your nanny and tell you you can't download software that either (A) you haven't paid for, or (B) hasn't been released to the public. I only posted about this initially to let you know not to expect an official WC3 tournament until the final is out.
As an official SoF2 beta tester, and a friend (he is in -=SoF=-) of the lead programmer, I cannot express the anger and frustration we felt late last month when someone leaked it to the internet. I guarantee you more than half the folks who played that one through will not be purchasing it. When a couple of our members spotted a group playing it at a recent LAN in Colorado, they almost got out of their chairs and went to go beat the living crap out of the lanky freaks across the room. Most of them are warezmonkeys who haven't purchased a single game in their life. Imagine spending two years of your life working on a project, only to have the reward you were to get at the end snatched away from you by a bunch of thieves on the internet. Kinda sucks, if you ask me.
*steps off soap-box*
So that you don't think I'm a self-righteous, sanctimonious fool, I'll let you know that I too downloaded the WC3 Beta a good while back (in its first patch). I played it for a good week, enjoyed it, and have since deleted it (within, I'd say, two weeks of having it). That doesn't make it right, and I am rather upset with myself for doing it. I know it sucks to have to wait months on end for something you really want-- particularly when others already have it-- but it is the right thing to do. The choice is yours.
Note: Titty, the negativity above wasn't specifically addressed to you... I didn't mean it to be at least. Just getting some general stuff off my chest.
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