Below is an overview to SWTOR PvP Guide. More detailed content and coverage of the topic could be found in this SWTOR Guide.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic, PvP is highly tied in with warzones. Warzones are more or less commonly referred to as battlegrounds in MMO terms. What happens is, once you enter warzones, you can attack and be attacked by just about anyone else. In order to enter warzones, you’ll first need to queue up though. The good news is you can queue up from anywhere. To queue up, you just have to bring up the PvP menu. Players who enter warzones will have objectives such as take down the opposing side’s ship or so.
A good one word description for the PvP system employed by SWTOR is ‘instanced’. The benefit of using this system is that matches are keep rather even and fair. Without warzones, if there were to be more Empire characters, that would imbalance the odds of winning against the Republic players.
Besides warzones, PvP is also featured in space. To a certain degree, this appears more like a mini-game. In addition, gamers will also be able to go against the same allegiance characters in SWTOR, not just against the opposing factions. These sorts of PvP also occurs in the warzones.
Gamers who participate in warzones and PvP battles gets rewards. In addition, they also get special in-game tokens (besides credits) that can be used to purchase PvP-based items and gadgets. Incase you die in PvP areas, you’ll simply ‘spawn’ (re-start) from the entrance point.