Screenshot of the Week & Blizzard Insider Newsletter
In Feb 2011, The Syndicate celebrated its 15th Anniversary as a guild. In June 2011, Blizzard released its Blizzard Insider newsletter (edition #38) where, among other things, it highlighted screenshots that it felt were worth pointing out. The Syndicate 15th Anniversary shot was chosen as the top shot to highlight due, in part, to a huge amount of player support. Comments both congratulating us on the achievement and commenting that the player community wanted more screenshots similar to those (and less showing random terrain and such) attracted a great deal of attention and focus to that achievement.

We feel the achievement is significant, beyond just ourselves, because there is only a 1 in 55,000,000 chance of achieving that longevity. That number was calculated based on the number of guilds that have risen and fallen since our founding (using data from friends at various development studios and extrapolating it over time) and how many have reached (or are close to) that level of longevity. In fact, here are some other factoids about things you are MORE likely to achieve than making another guild as successful as ours:

Odds of Getting Mad Cow Disease - 1 in 40,000,000

Odds of Being Canonized - 1 in 20,000,000

Odds of Winning the Average Single State Lottery - 1 in 18,000,000

Odds of Being Attacked by a Shark - 1 in 11,500,000

Odds of Becoming President of the USA - 1 in 10,000,000

Odds of Dying From Parts Falling From an Airplane - 1 in 10,000,000

Odds of Being Struck By Lightning - 1 in 7,500,000

Odds of Spotting a UFO Today - 1 in 3,000,000

Odds of Being Killed by a Tornado - 1 in 2,000,000

Here is a screenshot of part of Blizzard Insider Edition #38. If you click on it we take you to a page showing the screenshot and the community feedback:

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