I was extremely excited when a few people reported that they have just received Diablo 3 beta invites. Turns out, they were all journalists from game and computer-related media.
Like this twit sent by Rich from CNET:
Diablo 3 beta invite just showed up. Any cardio routines out there that target your index finger?
So who’s this Rich guy? He is “Senior Editor covering desktop PCs, gaming, and other topics for CNET.com”. OK, I get it, this round of beta keys goes to the media.
In fact, here’s the beta email that Blizzard is sending to game journalists across the globe (hint).
Greetings from Blizzard Entertainment!
We’re gearing up for the forthcoming launch of Diablo III and would like to extend you an invitation to participate in the beta test. If you are interested in participating, you need to have a Battle.net account, which you can create on our Battle.net website.
Send us your Battle.net account login name and we will flag you for access to the Diablo III beta test when we begin admitting press. You do not need to go through the opt-in process. Please note that we do not currently have a date to announce for the start of the beta test.
There will be no NDA associated with the beta test, so you’re free to write and take screen shots or video as you please.
To secure your place among the first of Sanctuary’s heroes, we’ll need to have your Battle.net account login name by Tuesday, August 30.
Thanks and see you all in the Burning Hells!
So what can you do? I mean apart from joining CNET as a game journalist. Quite simple, really, as Bashiok said yesterday: “In order to be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you should set up a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account.”