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I haven't really been following GW2, but I managed to get a beta code for this weekend from a friend and I am excited to try it.
I got the e-mail today that you can see at the bottom of this post. I understand to use the gem store once it is live you will need to link a credit card to your account in order to use the cash store. I know lots of people get a bit annoyed when games require or even ask for your card details, is it really necessary for them to ask for our credit card details on a beta weekend? I realise it is optional but it just seems a bit odd request actual credit card details in a beta.
Free Gems for Every Beta Player
Each account that participates in the Beta Weekend Event is eligible to receive 500 free gems that they can use on whatever they like in our in-game Gem Store during the weekend. Those who enter their credit card information on our secure in-game website will receive 2,000 free gems!