Introduction


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..



News

The Syndicate Celebrates 19 Years!
February 2015


~7000 Days... 3.5 million emails... 76,000 applications to join.. 2 trademarks.. and a Guinness World Record are some of the facts that describe what it looks like to be celebrating our 19th Anniversary as an online gaming community. Congrats Syndicate members on another successful year! We're looking forward to an exciting 20th year with our eyes towards massive amounts of fun in Shroud of the Avatar, WoW, Ultima Online, H1Z1, EQ Next, Shards Online, Crowfall, Star Citizen and quite a few more games on our radar. LLTS! -- More information about our 19th anniversary is located in the History section of this website.


SyndCon 2014
August 2014


In early August, the 13th annual Syndicate World Conference (known as SyndCon) took place just outside Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Around 200 Syndicate members, guests, VIPS and family attended. Alienware sponsored the annual LAN event. A giant "raid" on Universal Studios took place. Karaoke Night was a hit. The green knight at Medieval Times was revisited 11 years after our initial relationship with him was forged. This year at synDCon, Starr Long came to talk about Shroud of the Avatar to obtain feedback from the crowd on features and plans for the game. Broadsword came to talk about their plans for Ultima Online. KingsIsle was in attendance to talk about Wizard 101 and Pirates 101. Check out coverage of the event in the Articles section of this site.


A New World Record!
August 2014


In a surprise to us, The Syndicate was just awarded an updated Guinness World Record for "continuous operation" as an Online Gaming Guild. Normally we apply to update our record annually and go through the certification process via submission of evidence and a detailed review by the Guinness folks. We had one of those processes conclude in early 2014. But in August of 2014, Guinness did their own independent review and certification and updated our record for us. The new record reads "First founded in February 1996, The Syndicate had been active for 18 years 162 days, as of 11 August 2014. The Syndicate prefers to only take part in two games at any time, and is mostly concerned with Ultima Online, a game it has been part of since its launch. Members are also active in World of Warcraft, but 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 18 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 70,000,000 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.

Read more about the record on the history link of this website.




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