lol awe man....
Wait, I heard this also. So the people running the event just gave the password to their friends and what not before everyone else and by then the server was full.
What an event....
The first comment was unfortunately true. The servers weren't the best, unfortunately performing about as well as you'd expect, especially on the siege. This was not something that was within the event organizer's control.
As for the second message, that is an incredibly disingenuous way of framing it. TW asked the event planners to join the server before the password was revealed to see if it was stable and joinable before starting. The team that plans and tests events is about 30ish people, so they were given the pass first. It was not a matter of inviting "friends", that's coming from people who were salty they didn't get in.
The password was given at 20 minutes after the event because that's when TW put the server up. Again, not a conspiracy against anyone or an attempt to get only a certain group of people on - something entirely out of our control. The password was given out in voice first before being announced because there were over 300 people in the channel for an 100 person event. We decided to reward those who had been waiting first. Unless you believe that all 300+ people in there were our friends, there was no bias shown in that method of providing the password.
Also, the server would restart manually after every round, meaning everyone would have to rejoin with full knowledge of the password. How could we even enforce exclusivity to certain people if we wanted to?
It's unfortunate that not everyone was able to get in, but it was inevitable with such a low total player cap. On an optimistic note, this will hopefully show TW that the demand for private servers is high, and to allocate more resources into A.) creating new big team modes and B.) raising the total player cap so that bigger battles can occur.
The event was far from the most desirable it could have been, but trying to paint it as a private, friends only event is not only dishonest but damaging to the community.