Good place for that answer. The events are pretty much just beta weekends. They worded it as specific events so that someone could get a regular beta invite to one weekend, and not be promised the next weekend to get as many eyes on the beta as possible. And Showing then denying something to people builds a strong desire to get it again, unless they make you wait too long... I'm looking at you Flashforward. http://www.riftgame.com/en/beta/schedule/listings/111810_defiant.php
Rise of the Defiant
Dec. 3rd, 18:00 GMT – Dec. 6th, 18:00 GMT
Levels 1-20 (Defiant)
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, survivors from Telara’s desolate future have resurrected champions and sent them into the past to prevent the apocalypse brought on by the Blood Storm and the blind faith of the Guardians. Join the technomagical Defiant in their fight to change the course of history!
Play to win! Escape to Freemarch and you could be eligible to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card! Terms and conditions apply. And In-Game Prize Packs will be given away to ten (10) select players who complete the objective!
Sounds like a win win. Play in beta w/ a chance to get a video card.
Read more into it and into the TOS for the Giveaway.
and (c) participate in the designated Beta event (currently scheduled for certain periods from December 2010 through February 2011, each a "Beta Event"
Thought that was cool, so beta looks to be lasting until Feb 2011 according to legal talk. As for entering into the selection pool for the giveaway items.
Edited, Nov 29th 2010 6:21pm by Entoc
HOW TO ENTER: During each discrete Beta Event, Sponsor will designate one (1) in-game objective (such as 'Finish the Terminus Zone') for the Challenge for that Beta Event. All entrants who successfully complete the specified objective (as determined by Sponsor's Game logs based on Game character and related account information) during each Beta Event will be eligible for and entered in to the prize pool for that Beta Event. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person. Subsequent entries will be void.