So you recall that this month was meant to be a celebration of Guild Wars 2‘s sixth anniversary by way of a Kung Fu Tea promotion. Well, it appears that Guild Wars 2 bubble tea thing has gone rather pear-shaped, forcing the beverage franchise to halt the promotion for an undetermined length of time.
An update posted on the Kung Fu Tea Facebook page has explained that the free outfit that was part of the promotion was being abused by bots claiming thousands of DLC codes at once, which taxed the system and caused a number of errors and other problems for legitimate participants.
Further muddying the matter is the revelation that this promotion is US only, a fact that was never communicated expressly in the press release we received. The only mention of as much is the following line: “Stop by any Kung Fu Tea location nationwide (emphasis ours) on September 1, 2018 to try the Elder Dragon Dreamy Delight.” The company apologized in a comment reply on its Facebook page, admitting that they had not explained this fact sooner.
According to the post, those who were told by the app that they had valid codes but were unable to redeem them will be getting them in the next few days. Those who received no such message will have to wait until the promotion comes back online, which currently has no hard date.
As for ArenaNet itself, our friends at Massively Overpowered reached out for more, but the studio declined to comment.
…and this is why we can’t have nice things. It’s astonishingly unfortunate that people had to bot the heck out of a bubble tea app for free cosmetics and we hope that both ArenaNet and Kung Fu Tea can resolve the matter sooner rather than later. For our part, we also apologize that a single word in the entire presser was missed that seemed to indicate the promotion had some pretty important restrictions.
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