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Verified Actual Gamer Program Information [See Best Answer / 2021-10-08 update]

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In 2021-10-08 WAN Show, Linus said that Verified Actual Gamer program would be suspended until further notice. Reason given was that retail prices are about same as so-called "scalper prices". Making the program pointless. // (Personal note: As seen just from the latest drops being at same price as stores)

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Latest drop was made 2021-09-28 17:11 UTC

The drop is over, we have no info about when, what or where the next will be. Follow LinusTechTips on Youtube for any new drops.

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EXPECTED TO DROP NEXT:

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About shipping and handling

  • Handling times seem to be 1 week from drop to shipping label created.
  • Shipping times depend on carrier. For outside of NA, the carrier is FedEx and shipping times seem to be regular 5-14 days. For US and Canada, the shipping times might be same, or even longer.
  • Any additional charges, like customs fees and local VAT are paid on entry to country. There has been variation between countries to whom payments are made (FedEx on delivery, FedEx to their office, custom directly), so contact your local FedEx or customs offices for more details on those.

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Known drops:

1. Asus 3070, 3080 and 3090, 2021-03-20 17:40 UTC

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2. MSI 3080 SeaHawk, 2021-03-30 16:59 UTC

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3. AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 2021-04-09 00:59 UTC

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4. Asus TUF 6800XT, 2021-04-24 01:57 UTC / During WAN Show

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5. Asus TUF 6800XT, 2021-04-26 17:05 UTC

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6. EVGA RTX 3060 XC Gaming / RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra, 2021-05-06 20:29 UTC

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7. MSI RTX 3080 Ti VENTUS 3X OC, 2021-09-28 17:11 UTC

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PARTICIPATION ENDED! If you are local to LMG (Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada), you can participate to this https://gleam.io/nntHg/verified-actual-gamer-program-can-you-beat-linus

Announced in WAN Show https://youtu.be/-qj6hkLkdYg?t=2450

The even video (also 6th drop video)

 

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FAQ

 

How do I enter? Can I enter? Where to signup?

You don't. All information about the drops are posted to Youtube and are hidden in videos. So far all drops have been on LinusTechTips main channel.

 

UPDATE: One of the drops was made live, during the WAN Show on Fridays. Until now there has been no drops on Friday or weekends.

 

UPDATE: For limited time, you can participate with local event https://gleam.io/nntHg/verified-actual-gamer-program-can-you-beat-linus

 

I watched the video, but there were no information. Where do I find this?

The information about the drop is removed from video after the drop is over.

 

When are videos posted?

At the moment LMG is using their regular timeslot which is 10-11AM PST (17-18 UTC).

UPDATE: LMG has posted in different timeslot to allow those in school or working chance.

 

How does this work?

So far the known information is following:

  • Video is posted on Youtube and Floatplane at the same time.
  • There's segment in video where Linus gives a hint about what link you need to use in order to enter. The hints are words and Linus uses his fingers to state what parts of the link they are. The links start with http://www.lttstore.com/. Link is temporary and will only show note about drop ending afterwards.
    • UPDATE: Previously there was actual cut-scene, latest drop had just voice-over during b-roll.
  • There will be challenge on store page.
    • The first two drops had 15 question quiz about video games. You have 3 lives and 3-4 options to choose from. Fastest to finish will get their chance to buy items.
      • Besides 3 lives, you can skip 2 questions.
      • The latest drop had questions in video format with some answers shown as "A/B/C/D" and some as written normally.
    • UPDATE: Latest drop had small flash game in style of Jump King / Icy Tower.
  • Item of the drop is shown on store page before taking the quiz. You will see the price and other details too.
  • UPDATE: After completing challenge, you are put onto queue with AFK meter to prevent idling. Forgetting to re-charge bar will drop you at the tail end of the line
  • Prices are before VAT, tariffs etc. and shown in USD. Price after tariffs (US only) are shown on page.
  • You are allowed to buy one CPU and one GPU from this event. (Source)

 

Can you tell me when the next drop is?

No, because we don't know.

 

I'm at school/sleeping/working/have other reasons and can't watch at current time slot.

Linus has said that they will at some point use different time slot. What it is, we don't know. UPDATE: The time slot for later time was 12PM-1AM UTC.

 

Why can't they have link or more information somewhere?

Because the whole point is make this as hard as possible for anyone but the absolute most dedicated fans.

 

Why they don't collect list of people? Why aren't forum members, Floatplane subscribers etc. prioritized?

List wouldn't do anything. There would still need to be draw of sort needed, and the list would consist more of non-gamers the longer it was left open. Prioritizing forum members would discriminate towards other parts of audience.

 

Having payment as requirement to join or as something making "winning" more likely is classified as lottery under laws. This would require permit, it would exclude several regions which require local permits or don't allow any lottery, and it would put age limit of 19 years in place.

 

Can I try quiz afterwards?

At the moment, no. But there might be site at some point after event ends.

 

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Posts made by Luke and Linus.

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WAN Show segments

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WAN Show Jun 4, 2021

26:25 - 27:10 "We currently have no stock, but the program is still on"

1:23:00 - 1:23:30 One board partner with some 3080Ti's coming

 

WAN Show April 23, 2021

17:43 - 34:43 VAG Drop live on stream

43:15 - 44:50 VAG drop is over, hinted about 270 more cards

1:16:40 - 1:17:44 Some last minute info

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WAN Show April 16, 2021

1:36:30 Super-chats

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WAN Show April 9, 2021

13:20 - 13:40 The latest drop info
40:50 - 43:55 The local event info
1:15:35 - 1:17:34 Super-chats #1
1:24:25 - 1:24:47 Super-chats #2
1:25:47 - 1:26:07 Super-chats #3

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WAN Show August 27, 2021

1:05:40 - Super-chats

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To be updated

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Misc:

 

It's not gonna be perfect either way, but this was definitely a good way to avoid bots at least. Plus, the less you had to google, the faster you were so there was definitely merit there. Been looking for a while now and definitely appreciate the opportunity to get one. For those lucky few who did get a card, any word on when it's going to ship out? I realize that this isn't typical ltt stock, but how long does an order take on lttstore.com? (esp within canada)

 

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wont be simpler to make gaming turnament? and give chance by rankings? one entry one rank one card to choose. from top to bottom as supply  last?

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9 hours ago, LeadMagnet said:

Good on LTT for trying to do a little something to at least give gamers a chance to pick up some hardware. The process will never be perfect when demand so far outstrips supply. For my part, I'm sitting over here in the UK having essentially sold my soul for a chance at a 2060, so my current levels of shame run deep. My only personal request would be for this to serve as the new "no stock remaining" messaging graphic:

 

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I literally demand they do this for the next one. @Slick make it happen.

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2 minutes ago, Kavamale21 said:

wont be simpler to make gaming turnament? and give chance by rankings? one entry one rank one card to choose. from top to bottom as supply  last?

That would be extraordinarily difficult. 

 

Tell you what, you figure out all the mechanisms and development to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at participating and no one cheats and we'll do it that way 😛

 

In response to everyone else, we know the communication wasn't perfect - some of that was because things kept changing so it got easier to say nothing than to keep saying things and correcting them - and part of it was to avoid a mad rush to get the ~100 GPUs we had. We didn't WANT every single one of our 13M subscribers to try to hit the store at the same time...

 

We're doing our best and we'll keep trying to improve. The drops will continue to be announced in the daily LTT video though for the time being.

 

Thanks for your feedback.

 

Linus

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4 minutes ago, LinusTech said:

We didn't WANT every single one of our 13M subscribers to try to hit the store at the same time...

lttstore.com handled it like a champ. Other than getting stuck on "verifying", which was already noted, I didn't see any issues. Kudos to the team!

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11 minutes ago, Kavamale21 said:

wont be simpler to make gaming turnament? and give chance by rankings? one entry one rank one card to choose. from top to bottom as supply  last?

Then it's based on skill level. And depending on the game, the participants may not have a computer good enough to play what ever game is selected (because they can't get GPUs). But sure, if you can figure out how to make a fair tournament for millions of people, let me know, i'd be fascinated to learn the logistics of it

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9 minutes ago, LinusTech said:

Tell you what, you figure out all the mechanisms and development to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at participating and no one cheats and we'll do it that way 😛

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there is plenty of games that can run more or less fine even igpu from laptop. if they cant participate because they dont have any pc at the time is hard to clasify them as gamers. and as you say game selected wont be for everyone taste and skill but that would eliminate any doubt about scalpers or bots rushing out stock. yes it much more work but at least VERIFIED GAMERS get some meaning

 

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Man some salty people in here. Take it from me I have the 3090's and 3080's it's not mind blowing. It is not an essential thing to have and it's not life or death. You'll get one if you wait 6-12 months. For now plenty of iGPUS can game. Plenty of older cards on craigslist and ebay if you hunt. 

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11 hours ago, LogicalDrm said:

Already gone when you posted. The current drops are done with LTT videos which are posted in roughtly same time every day. Any additional info, like whether timing or channel will change, will be in WAN. Also this thread has very informative posts.

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1 hour ago, LinusTech said:

That would be extraordinarily difficult. 

 

Tell you what, you figure out all the mechanisms and development to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at participating and no one cheats and we'll do it that way 😛

 

In response to everyone else, we know the communication wasn't perfect - some of that was because things kept changing so it got easier to say nothing than to keep saying things and correcting them - and part of it was to avoid a mad rush to get the ~100 GPUs we had. We didn't WANT every single one of our 13M subscribers to try to hit the store at the same time...

 

We're doing our best and we'll keep trying to improve. The drops will continue to be announced in the daily LTT video though for the time being.

 

Thanks for your feedback.

 

Linus

Just a question, but when the graphics card are ready, for the program, will you offer some lower end stuff? Such as GTX 1660 SUPER or like RTX 2060?

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Question!  Is the video going to be on Linus Tech Tips main channel?  Or could it be on any of their sub channels?  Just want to make sure I'm checking the correct youtube channel to be quicker for the next video.

 

 

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Just now, JoeGoethals said:

Question!  Is the video going to be on Linus Tech Tips main channel?  Or could it be on any of their sub channels?  Just want to make sure I'm checking the correct youtube channel to be quicker for the next video.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, robotxbot said:

Just a question, but when the graphics card are ready, for the program, will you offer some lower end stuff? Such as GTX 1660 SUPER or like RTX 2060?

no,they won't. Only stocking new gen hardware.

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1 hour ago, Kavamale21 said:

there is plenty of games that can run more or less fine even igpu from laptop. if they cant participate because they dont have any pc at the time is hard to clasify them as gamers. and as you say game selected wont be for everyone taste and skill but that would eliminate any doubt about scalpers or bots rushing out stock. yes it much more work but at least VERIFIED GAMERS get some meaning

 

You still haven't said how you plan to arrange a tournament with potentially millions of participants.

 

Scheduling that would be impossible and keeping track of every single game and players wins and loses would require an amount of work no where near proportional to the prize of 100 GPUs

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40 minutes ago, thedarkdad3 said:

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I'm wondering that too, he said on the wan show that they might take it to other channels, it would be nice to know if that's the case for future runs of the program.

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5 hours ago, LinusTech said:

That would be extraordinarily difficult. 

 

Tell you what, you figure out all the mechanisms and development to make sure that everyone has a fair shot at participating and no one cheats and we'll do it that way 😛

 

In response to everyone else, we know the communication wasn't perfect - some of that was because things kept changing so it got easier to say nothing than to keep saying things and correcting them - and part of it was to avoid a mad rush to get the ~100 GPUs we had. We didn't WANT every single one of our 13M subscribers to try to hit the store at the same time...

 

We're doing our best and we'll keep trying to improve. The drops will continue to be announced in the daily LTT video though for the time being.

 

Thanks for your feedback.

 

Linus

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16 hours ago, Avoke said:

As the problem is, I have my bank account here in my own currency, but my father has a USD account as well with which he usually does purchases abroad. I will most probably have to get it purchased through his card but I haven't even talked to him about it - let alone figure out where I'm going to have to get it shipped to, probably a relative in Canada.

Easiest way would be to have credit card with international payments active. Something where you can copy-paste the numbers in. I remember another thread noting that lttstore.com doesn't currently save your payment method, only shipping details.

 

15 hours ago, Avoke said:

Did they remove the link now? Can't find it on the video(s) or forums. As I believe they said if reservations fall, you could have a chance. 

Yes, videos were edited/replaced with ones only mentioning the program being a thing. Links were still active yesterday, only going to splash screen. You can find links, screenshots etc. in this thread (from page 14 onwards).

 

15 hours ago, Avoke said:

And I'm reading on some threads that you shouldn't be posting the link to this quiz around because it was 'give' like that for a reason. I'm still confused how it was even given in the first place, I watched the video multiple times and there's no mention of it in there, even secretly (nothing I've seen so far). Where and how'd they give this link away if they do so again next time?

Can you link to threads you are talking about? I don't see point of not sharing. I don't believe LMG to be so stupid they would recycle questions. And the end page was with temp url. Plus that the short url was part of the quiz.

 

14 hours ago, tengambg said:

I am confident that I truly qualify as a real gamer and a community member but I feel discouraged to participate in this. Don't get me wrong, the initiative is awesome and there is no perfect system but for me and a lot of people outside NA it is next to impossible to qualify for one of these cards.

Huh? The video posting time is actually better for people in Europe and east from there. Since its posted at early evening, 17-19 UTC. So there's no reason why you wouldn't qualify. There are plenty of reasons why you wouldn't want to participate, starting from shipping charge and import fees.

 

14 hours ago, robotxbot said:

Will the verified program, still let you buy some older hardware? Like All i want is a GTX 1660 SUPER or a RX 5600 xt, will it include those graphics cards in the program?

The hardware comes directly from manufacturers. They don't have discontinued products stored anywhere. LMG is not selling their own warehouse stuff.

 

12 hours ago, Some guy lost over the sun said:

i'm still confused asf for what vid or what link we go to...

The video of March 24th 2021 on LinusTechTips channel. Mention about the program is still in that video while the actual segment has been removed since.

 

12 hours ago, Keudn said:

I love that LTT is doing this and I'm hoping to still get in on one of the other batches, but the one criticism I have is the communication for this was pretty poor. I understand the beans may have been spilled early on this and that caused some issues, but my main gripe is with the communication for when it was actually happening. I like many other people don't have the time to be rapidly refreshing the page every day for three weeks straight. IMO how this first drop was handled really favors the religious LTT viewers who catch every upload with 10 views. A bit better communication on which day we should expect the drop, or at the very least what week it is happening, would be amazing. Just my 2 cents.

I'm pretty sure that was the intention of this whole thing. If you don't have dedication, you don't get what you want. This same principle works with many other things. Its also why in old days people were camping for event tickets, games and hardware in front of the stores. You either have dedication to get limited runs of something, or you don't. And if you don't have dedication, you really shouldn't whine about it.

 

11 hours ago, PsLJdogg said:

I was pretty excited when they announced this program, but now I am just annoyed by how cryptic they are being. I just keep seeing videos from Linus and ASUS to watch other videos to find out how to enter. Why can't they just give us the link instead of making us jump through hoops? It started out as a good idea, but now they are just using it to drive up their views.

Considering the point is to root out any bots and people who only buy to sell with profit? Having just link would give advantage to bots by default. Having better information about what to expect too. I don't know what way to quiz page was made, but if the questions were in text form, that also would have given advantage to bots (and at the same time be more accessible).

 

11 hours ago, PsLJdogg said:

People with no obligations or commitments*

Oh, please. Get a room with @Tieox. Your salt is enough for their needs.

 

9 hours ago, JoeGoethals said:

Question!  Is the video going to be on Linus Tech Tips main channel?  Or could it be on any of their sub channels?  Just want to make sure I'm checking the correct youtube channel to be quicker for the next video.

9 hours ago, Junction Runner said:

I'm wondering that too, he said on the wan show that they might take it to other channels, it would be nice to know if that's the case for future runs of the program.

 

Linus himself just replied in the thread:

11 hours ago, LinusTech said:

We're doing our best and we'll keep trying to improve. The drops will continue to be announced in the daily LTT video though for the time being.

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will there be the same quizz on the next drop, the same questions? 

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1 minute ago, jo95go said:

will there be the same quizz on the next drop, the same questions? 

no one knows. they haven't even said when the next one is in any capacity.

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I'm AFK from 8-6 CST M-F. 🦴'd on this type of give away. They need a senior hour?

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2 hours ago, jo95go said:

will there be the same quizz on the next drop, the same questions? 

Unlikely. That would give unfair advantage for those who aren't real gamers, but have intentions to use opportunity. Besides that, this quiz was very much focused on older games, some of which some younger people have never heard of. Like knowing what game KOTOR is talking about.

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Hoping those AMD cards come in soon! I tried out the quiz to see whats up even though I'm not after one of the RTX cards, I thought it was a little tough but fair. Many of the answers to questions about games a bit before my time I knew because they are part of the gamer culture. Really wish the Americans that complain would stop so we can stop getting dunked on in videos.

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