In order to beta test a non-disclosure agreement needs to be signed before being allowed access to the beta testing forums. This is an explanation of what that means and why.
What is a non-disclosure agreement?
A non-disclosure agreement is a binding contract that states that you won't disclose (or leak) confidential and proprietary information. In regards to the beta testing it means that you won't:
- Leak information about Gataela (this includes screenshots, videos, giving files out to people, etc.)
- Are aware that you aren't going to be paid to beta test
- That the information you give back by beta testing will be used in order to improve the final product
Why do we have to sign a non-disclosure agreement?
I'm aware that it may seem odd for people to be required to do this, so I apologize ahead of time for the trouble.
Gataela is a story-based game. There is technically only one way to play the game. By leaking or sharing information, you could make it unnecessary for other people to play the game since they could just watch videos of people playing the game for them, for example. As such, it is necessary that no information is leaked before the release date.
I've signed the agreement but I want to write a blog post/draw fanart/write a fanfic/share information
I'm aware that people may want to share info with people online or do creative things about the characters or the plot before the game is released. I'm not going to say you absolutely can't do these things, rather I would enjoy seeing it a lot, but to make sure that information isn't accidentally leaked I'd like to review everything first.
Please message me here on the forums if you would like to post something publicly before you do so. You are free to write or draw or come up with ideas and share them in the beta testing category, but if you want to post it publicly before the game's release date, make sure you send to me:
- The exact content which you'll be posting/sharing
- Where you'll be posting/sharing it
Once I've given my permission, you can post exactly that which you've sent me in that place.
Thank you for your understanding.