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Trainwrecks shares crazy Russian conspiracy theory about Escape From Tarkov

Published: 21/Jan/2020 1:30

by Bill Cooney


Popular Twitch streamer Tyler ‘TrainwrecksTV‘ Niknam shared a far-out conspiracy theory involving Russia and Escape from Tarkov while playing the game.

Escape from Tarkov is a multiplayer survival looter game that’s become popular since Michael ‘shroud’ Grzemiek started grinding it on stream.

Since then the game has exploded in popularity, but Trainwrecks thinks the whole thing is a ploy designed to collect American’s online information. No, really.

Battlestate GamesThe 2016 FPS has exploded in popularity on Twitch in 2020.

While playing Tarkov with fellow streamer Pokelawls, Trainwrecks shared his conspiracy theory that anyone who plays the game could become the “next Hillary Clinton.”

“We’re allowing an installation of their application on our PCs in America,” Train said. “Imagine one day you decide to go off and run for f**king president, okay? Now Russia has your entire compute search history, every file, guess what’s gonna come out? You’re gonna be the next goddamn Hillary Clinton.”

As with all good conspiracy theories, there may be a kernel of truth in what Trainwrecks is saying, but his theory didn’t seem to convince Pokelawls.

“Maybe they’re right dude,” Poke admitted. “This game brainwashed me because it’s a good ass game.”

To be clear, there is absolutely no evidence Tarkov’s publishers, Battlestate Games, are in any way linked to the Russian government, and Trainwrecks’ conspiracy theory remains just that ⁠— a theory.

But it’s probably a good rule of thumb to assume that anytime you’re giving out personal information on the internet or installing applications on your PC it can be used as a two-way street.

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Conspiracy theories probably won’t hurt Tarkov’s popularity.

At the time of writing Tarkov remains one of the top-watched games on twitch, with just under 100,000 viewers on January 20.

Trainwrecks’ conspiracy theory about Tarkov being a plant by the Kremlin certainly was entertaining and topical, but in the end it probably won’t do anything to dent the game’s current popularity.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 22:51

by Lauren Bergin


Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

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Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!