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Guidelines & NDA

Thank you for choosing to participate in the Age of Empires video game (“Game”) Insider Program (“Program”)! By registering for the Program, you’re attesting that you’re eligible and willing to access and participate in previewing new updates to the Age of Empires franchise: including early testing of the Game and any associated promotional and communication materials (collectively, the “Materials”) before they are rolled out to the general public, as well as the providing of feedback via web surveys, forums and other electronic means.

You may be invited, at Microsoft’s discretion to download early versions of the Game and participate in playtesting opportunities known as “flights.” Access to the early versions of the Game, playtesting phases, and the associated services will occur at Microsoft’s discretion. Any times will be published on the website. These testing phases include experimental and early pre-release software, which means that you may experience occasional crashes and data loss. Some Xbox Live features may not work correctly. Since this Game is pre-release code, we cannot provide customer service in the traditional sense. However, data and Feedback as you play and enjoy the Game will help us improve and enhance the final product.

The Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy & Cookies apply to your participation in this Program. You will need to login with your Xbox Live account, and will utilize your Gamertag as your alias on the Insider site and forum.

The Program is open worldwide to individual persons who are 18 years and older at the time of enrollment and have a Microsoft account (“MSA”). Void where prohibited by law.

To enroll in the Program, visit the Age of Empires site ( and follow the instructions (if any further are given) for registration.

You acknowledge that everything related to this Program is confidential and should be treated as confidential until such time as Microsoft releases it. If you have a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) with Microsoft, then the terms of that NDA govern your confidentiality obligations with respect to this confidential information.

Please keep in mind that features you see in this Program may change or be removed in the final version and those features should always remain confidential.

  1. Do not take photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game.
  2. Do not post photos, videos, or audio recordings of the Game on any venue.
  3. Do not describe any part of the Game on any venue unless we’ve instructed you to.
  4. Do not allow others to watch you play the Game.
  5. Do not leave the Game running unattended.

No compensation will be paid with respect to Microsoft’s use of your Feedback.

For any questions or concerns about this program, please contact us at:

Microsoft reserves the right to terminate your access to all or part of the Program at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

Become an Age Insider!

Insiders unlock access to exclusive news, updates, and opportunities to provide feedback about future releases. Here are some of the perks:

  • Access to private forums where you can interact with Age developers
  • The chance to join exclusive beta opportunities through Steam and the Windows Store
  • Channels to provide feedback and inspire quality changes in your favorite Age titles