Here is the most recent response to the situation that was posted over at FFXIVCore on their front page by Zyuu.
Zyuu - 02-17-10 22:03 - 263 comments
I'd like to apologize to everyone for the last days events and how I've acted. Some things are not clear and I feel a public post is in order since I've always been a firm believer that communication is key -- for everything. Not to mention I feel that I've displaced your trust (the community) and I want to reconcile.
There's several things that are not clear, so I've made a FAQ below to address them. There's also some things which was clarified by me in another post, but I feel that it wasn't worded perfectly, so things could be picked apart and some people could potentially see things that I didn't mean. So I will clarify everything below.
Q: Do you have any beta keys for FFXIV?
A: No, I do not.
Q: A person claims you banned him from FFXIVCore, so he felt 'forced' to post accusations about you on over ten other gaming websites and email them as well. Is this true?
A: No, I haven't banned this person and the Curse server admin can prove it as well, so you have both our words on it and logs.
Q: Why did someone claim Curse has 40 FFXIV beta keys?
A: I have no idea, because such a thing has never been said by me or anyone else that are working on FFXIVCore or Curse. Again, we have no FFXIV beta keys.
Q: Why did someone say you know when the FFXIV beta begins?
A: Again, I have no idea. Because I do not know when it begins, nor do anyone I know of know it either.
Q: Have you been promised FFXIV beta keys by Square Enix?
A: No, we haven't even discussed it so far (and that does NOT imply we are going to discuss it)
Q: Is it true that you've been selling FFXIV beta keys to people?
Q: I saw a screenshot where you were talking about putting someone on a 'list of people that will get a key earlier' for $100, is the screenshot real?
A: Yes, that screenshot is real, but did not include the full conversation and was taken out of context. Full conversation is here: http://126.96.36.199/thethingy.jpg
- notice how I say no at the end before anything has been exchanged. I still messed up by giving sai answer, though and for that I feel very very bad. I apologize; I let greed get the better of me and temporarily lost my good judgment.
Q: So, since you say you got a list like that, it does mean you will get keys?
A: No, this is where I've really messed up and it's what I want to apologize about. I feel terrible about what happened. I've always wanted to try get my staff beta keys, but I have no idea if I would. And still dont know. Also, I let greed get overhand there--I should have said NO right away.
Q: You mention that staff will get higher priority, is this true?
A: I'd like that to be true, yes. I feel they work very hard for this site and deserve to get a beta key, but since I do not know IF we get keys, that is just me speculating together with them.
Q: I see there are a few with a donation 'badge', do you take donations for the site?
A: Not anymore. I use to take donations with a donation button up on the site, but it was taken down. Also, a few donations has been made
in private for the same goal since then. The statistics are a total of 24 people which have donated since June 2009.
Q: Will those that have donated get a FFXIV beta key?
A: First of all, we do not have any beta keys, nor do we know if we'll get any at all whatsoever. Secondly, noone who donated will get a FFXIV beta key for donating, but those that have donated will get a Curse Premium membership. Which is outlined here: http://www.curse.com/premium
- this does not mean there'll be keys distributed through this system, however.
Q: Why will the people who donated get Curse Premium?
A: Because I promised them an ad-free experience of the site back in last year when the donation feature was online, and that is something Curse Premium hopefully will give on FFXIVCore as well (we have a new version in development).
Q: Do you think you've acted professional through this?
A: No. I haven't. I've acted really bad for being in the position I am, I am truly sorry, I messed up, it was wrong of me, I feel terrible and I will do my utmost to try regain your trust and act more professional in the future.
Finally, I'm sorry everyone. I messed up. I did wrong. I also did not act professional enough when I should have. I really feel bad about it (see: terrible) and I love what this community has become. It's growing every day, getting better, bigger and more interesting. We have so much going for us and then I go do something like this, not only do I feel immensely stupid myself. But to displace your trust and also the trust of the FFXIVCore staff, that is something I really can't start to express how incredibly sorry I am about it.
I thought it'd be fun to put together something funny about how sorry I am for all this, if you'd like to view it, check it out below (yes, that's me). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIWlrLaIiUE&feature=player_embedded
(thats what the last paragraph refers to). http://www.ffxivcore.com/