Established in early 1996, The Syndicate® is the most successful Virtual Community in the history of Online Gaming.
We specialize in Game & System Testing, Strategy Guide Writing, Consulting On Systems Design and Round Table Feedback. We are a very well organized, professional, mature organization that has been involved with MMO projects for many years.
The quality of our work and our ability to deliver on time and maintain the secrecy of the projects we are currently working on is one of our hallmarks.
In addition to Game Development focus, we have a strong focus on growing our community, building friendships and in making the online gaming community better for all gamers. We regularly provide free feedback and testing to our developer friends to help create better "next gen" gaming content. Our engagements range from casual to very formalized and are a way for us to provide free support for game developers that leverages our passion for gaming and years of experience to make games better for all players.
By the time most MMORPGs launch, The Syndicate has been playing them for months (and in some cases for well over a year) as part of one of our engagements. We usually maintain an "outpost" within those games of current Syndicate members while the bulk of the guild moves onto our next major project. We do not add new members for games we only maintain an outpost in. We have actively played just about every game including, but not limited to: EQ & EQ2, Warhammer, Conan, LOTRO, DCUO, Rift, SWTOR, Aion, DDO, Wizard 101, Runescape, DAOC, Eve Online, Shadowbane, Tabula Rasa, Planetside and PoTBS to name a few. Syndicate outposts cover the landscape of MMORPGs. We only actively recruit new members for our presences in three major MMOs which are the worlds of Ultima Online, World of Warcraft and Star Wars The Old Republic. We have begun to downsize our WoW presence going from over 500 active members (with 2,000+ characters) to around 200 active members in 2011. Our UO presence is also around 200 active members. Our SWTOR presence is around 350 active members. There are around 500 active members participating in our consulting, testing and guide writing teams. You can get more details in our
Syndicate Extended Game Support (S.E.G.S.)
section of this site.
The Syndicate isn't a guild, we are the industry leaders in gaming excellence and the most successful virtual community in the history of online gaming.
There is far more to share about The Syndicate and what we stand for. Come in and explore our site. Read about our rich history, browse articles written about us, check out our Charter and FAQ to learn what makes us tick, read about the games we are a part of and much more. Step inside, for The Legend of The Syndicate awaits..
In late August, the 12th annual Syndicate World Conference (known as SyndCon) took place just outside Washington, DC. 200 Syndicate members, guests, VIPS and family attended. Alienware sponsored the annual LAN event. This year at synDCon, Richard Garriott came to talk about Shroud of the Avatar to obtain feedback from the crowd on features and plans for the game. Roberts Space Industries came to talk about Star Citizen. Zenimax came to talk about Elder Scrolls Online. City State Entertainment had a large presence to discuss Camelot Unchained. Electronic Arts came with some of the development team to discuss the current state and future plans of Ultima Online along with Ultima Forever. Check out coverage of the event in the Articles section of this site.
The Syndicate Turns 17 Years Old!
The Syndicate turned 17 years old in February 2013. Since our inception in 1996, more than 62,000 people have applied to become Syndicate members. More
than 3.1 million emails were sent and received just in the administration of the organization. Collectively, The Syndicate team has more than 20,000 man-years
of gaming experience. But what really sets the achievement of continuous operation apart is that since 1996, more than 62,000,000 other guilds have been created
and imploded, retired or otherwise ceased to exist. As our 18th year gets underway, we are larger than ever, drama free and with virtually no membership turn over. There
are some exciting projects on the horizon and a very bright future ahead. LLTS!