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.
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 2016, our 15th annual event, has come and gone. Over 200 Syndicate members, guests and friends descending on Myrtle Beach for 5 days. It was a record setting year for raising money for charity and an awesome opportunity to make new friends and to build memories with old ones. The Alienware LAN room hosted many awesome games including Shards Online, Shroud of the Avatar and Grey Goo. There were a number of developer sessions looking at upcoming MMOs. There was a big beach cookout, a raid on Medieval Times and much more. Now the planning for SyndCon 2017 can take place. That will be our 16th SyndCon and will celebrate 21 years as an online gaming community.
A New World Record!
The Syndicate updated its own world record by proving its continued existence since 1996. The new record reads "First founded in February 1996, The Syndicate had been active for 20 years as of February 2016. The Syndicate prefers to only take part in a limited number of games at any time and is currently focused on Ultima Online, World of Warcraft and Shroud of the Avatar. Additionally, they have been prominent in titles such as Star Wars: The Old Republic and EverQuest. The guild is known for its motto "Long Live The Syndicate", often abbreviated to "LLTS"." and can be seen online at the Guinness World Record website
For us, setting this record is special for a number of reasons. It represents an achievement that is statistically extremely hard to accomplish in the online gaming space. Guilds, in general terms, are so fleeting and so tenuous that surviving a year is a big accomplishment that a community should take pride in. Surviving 5 years is virtually unheard of. If you survive a decade then you are among the oldest guilds that exist. Surviving and thriving for over 20 years is so rare its useful to compare it to things we all know the 'odds' of happening a bit more clearly. By our conservative estimation, close to 77,000,000 guilds have been created and have ceased to exist. The real number is likely much higher but using that as a baseline, and knowing the odds of being struck by lightning, if you live in the United States are about 1 in 1.1 million, then you are about 63 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be in a guild that lasts over 18 years. You are about 6 times more likely to be attacked by a shark or to become President of the United States. So, from an 'odds' standpoint, this record is a big deal to us because of the rarity.
The Syndicate Turns 20 Years Old!
20 years ago, in February 1996, The Syndicate (www.LLTS.org) was born. Much has happened over those 20 years. MMOs were born, grew up and matured, proliferated like rabbits and entirely new genres of gaming were created. We've gone from connecting via dial up modems to staying constantly connected no matter where we are in the world. In that time, over 80 million gaming communities have been formed and ceased to exist with thousands of new ones popping up and dying out every day. Juggernauts and innovators jockeyed for the attention and dollars of gamers with dazzling new products sometimes achieving success and other times crashing and burning. Throughout that time, The Syndicate has published two books, been in a movie, set a Guinness World Record, was the first (and only) gaming community to successfully trademark their entity, had over 150 articles written about us, published numerous strategy guides, hosted 14 annual conferences and helped test and/or consult on over 110 games. It has been an exciting 20 years and we are looking forward to many more. With games like Shroud of the Avatar, Crowfall, Shards Online, Camelot Unchained, Heros Song and Star Citizen on the near term horizon, the future for MMO gaming looks bright and The Syndicate remains happy to be a part of that community. Check out our press release over in our history page.