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The Star Citizen referral program controversy

Star Citizen referral codeLike many other games, Star Citizen has it’s own affiliate program. It rewards backers with virtual goodies to use in the massive space game. The referral program was announced late 2015 with rewards up to 3000 recruits. As many backers already had referred people before the introduction, it caused quite a stir and divided the community. People were angry because they missed out on the rewards and others hated the program because the game is still in alpha. Some weren’t comfortable referring friends to an alpha game.

In 2017 the developing company Cloud Imperium Games announced a referral contest. The one referring the most new backers could win a VIP trip to Germany and win a space ship which normally cost over $3000 (!). The announcing video featured some of the more popular content creators and endorsed their personal codes. It caused another outrage, but the community loves drama.

Star Citizen’s subreddit was flooded for weeks with angry posts about the contest and when it ended CIG didn’t say much about it. No one got the VIP-ticket though. The top referrers all had over 1000 recruits and the winner got about 1600 (including referrals before the contest started). Most of them are Youtubers or Twitch streamers and another runs a popular Facebook group.

It’s really easy to get recruits though, most of the complainers just wanted stuff for free and didn’t want to work for it. Some good tips to get recruits can be found at starcitizenreferralcodes.com. In a nutshell all you have to do is create content like Youtube video’s, post pretty infographics on Imgur or write guides. As a last resort Adwords comes to mind but would you really pay money for virtual points? Well some do actually, but people buy 3000 dollar virtual space ships so maybe it isn’t that surprising.

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