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 Shroud of the Avatar. We downsized 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 SOTA presence is around 250 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 which are games that we actively play but from which we do not recruit new members.

The Syndicate is always looking at future "major game" expansion opportunities. Currently on our horizon are the following games that we are excited about:
Shroud of the Avatar - We will have hundreds of members, and multiple cities, when SOTA launches.
Shards Online
Star Citizen
Heroes Song

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..


SyndCon 2019
August 2019

The 18th annual SyndCon event took place in Las Vegas in August of 2019. Over 200 members and guests attended for five days of gaming, feedback sessions, product demos and more. SyndCon is the single, best event we do as a community as it pulls a highly diverse group of people together, from all over the world, puts faces to names and in doing so dramatically enhances the shared hobby (online gaming) that the members share. Special thanks to Dell/Alienware for their support and to the many other developers who make the annual raffle happen.

The Syndicate Turns 23 Years Old!
Feb 2019

23 years ago, in February 1996, The Syndicate ( was born. Much has happened over those 23 years. More than 92,000,000 other guilds have risen and fallen. MMOs were born, grew up and matured, proliferated like rabbits and entirely new genres of gaming were created. Throughout all that The Syndicate has created an amazing community of diverse adult gamers. A community with virtually no-turnover. No internal drama. No backstabbing. No unhappy implosions and mass departures for other groups. It is truly a team of friends where hundreds gather each year for our annual SyndCon event. Where the average member has been here more than a decade. Where you can choose to invest yourself in building friendships because you know those people will be around for years to come. Happy 23rd Anniversary!

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