StarCraft II Beta Test Opt-in

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:02:36

Xordiah

The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know. Simply log in to your Battle.net account (https://eu.battle.net/login/login.xml), and click “Beta Profile Settings” to go through the new beta opt-in process and upload a snapshot of your system specs. During this process, you’ll also have the opportunity to opt in to future betas for other Blizzard Entertainment games. Please note that even if you’ve opted in to our betas previously, you’ll need to complete this new process and upload your current system specs to have a chance to be invited.

For more information, see the FAQ below -- or create a Battle.net account (http://eu.battle.net/ or http://us.battle.net) to opt in now. If you have an unused beta code from BlizzCon 2008 or WWI 2008, visit this site (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/beta-signup.html) to enter your code.

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by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:02:53

Xordiah

StarCraft® II – Beta Opt-In FAQ

The StarCraft® II beta is coming! If you’re interested in participating, you need to sign up for a Battle.net account, opt in to participate in upcoming Blizzard Entertainment betas through Battle.net Account Management, and upload your system specifications using our quick system-snapshot software. If you’re selected, you’ll be notified in the coming months. For more information, including what to do if you have a StarCraft II beta code from BlizzCon 2008, check out the FAQ below.

How do I sign up for the StarCraft® II beta?
In order to sign up for the StarCraft II beta, you first need to register a Battle.net account. You can opt in to the beta for StarCraft II, as well as betas for future Blizzard Entertainment games, through our new beta opt-in process. To get started, simply click “Beta Profile Settings” in Battle.net Account Management.
To be considered, you must create a beta profile containing your system specifications (see below) and indicate which Blizzard Entertainment games you’re interested in beta testing -- be sure to check the box for the StarCraft universe. Once you’ve successfully uploaded a beta profile, the associated Battle.net account is added to a pool of potential beta testers.

What is a beta profile?
A beta profile is a snapshot of your current system specifications. It includes such information as how much RAM you have, available hard drive space, your graphics card and driver, and other information about your system. We gather this information to ensure that we are able to test our games on a wide range and distribution of systems.

How do I get selected to become a beta tester?
Participants for each beta test will be selected from the pool of eligible testers who have opted in based on their system specifications, beta-test preferences, and other factors, including pure luck. Opting in does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in a beta test.

How will I be notified if I am selected for a beta test?
In the event you are selected to participate in a beta test, you will receive an e-mail informing you and directing you to Battle.net Account Management. From there, you will be able to download the beta client and obtain a beta key. If chosen, you will need to agree to the StarCraft II Beta Agreement prior to installing the client.

I attended BlizzCon 2008 and received a code for the StarCraft II beta. Do I have to go through this process?
There is a separate process in place for players who received StarCraft II beta codes from BlizzCon 2008. To redeem your BlizzCon 2008 beta code, visit the beta sign-up page (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/beta-signup.html -- don’t worry that the page says World of Warcraft), and enter the code from your BlizzCon 2008 card, along with a valid email address that you check often.
Once you’ve completed these steps, we will contact you via email at some point during the StarCraft II testing process with further instructions. Please note that in order to participate after your receive the invitation, you will need to sign up for a new Battle.net account (if you haven’t done so already).

Why do I have to download an application to create a beta profile?
Our beta opt-in application allows us to gather information about potential beta testers’ systems quickly and accurately, helping us ensure that the resulting pool of beta testers we select most closely represents the range and distribution of systems we wish to test.

How does the beta opt-in application work?
Running the beta opt-in application quickly and automatically generates a profile based on your system specifications. It then displays this information and asks if you wish to submit the specifications to create a beta profile for the Battle.net account you used to download the application.

Does the application also profile the software I have installed on my system?
No, the opt-in application simply scans the major hardware components of your system, along with your graphics card driver. Other system information, such as the contents of your hard drive, is not scanned.

Will entering multiple times improve my chances of being selected?
Each Battle.net account can only opt in once, so you are unable to opt in multiple times to improve your chances.

Will opting in early improve my chances of being selected?
Beta invitees will be selected periodically from the entire pool of players who have chosen to opt in and who meet the requirements. Opting in early doesn’t mean you’ll be invited sooner than someone who signs up after you.

I created a new Battle.net account, but I’m unable to opt in. Why?
In order for a Battle.net account to be able to opt in to upcoming beta tests, you must have at least one Blizzard Entertainment game that you own attached to the account. Please note that the World of Warcraft trial edition does not count toward this requirement. Having more than one game attached to an account or having specific games attached to an account will not affect your chances to be selected.

When does the StarCraft II beta test start?
We don’t have an exact start date to share at this time, but note that when it does begin, we will be adding additional regions to the beta test in phases. North America will be the first region to begin beta testing, and other regions will follow afterward in phases.
The reason for setting up the beta in regional phases is that it takes time to set up and configure our testing infrastructure in each area. Bringing up one region at a time makes the overall testing process for StarCraft II and Battle.net more efficient from a development perspective, making the test more effective, and allowing us to complete the game more quickly than if we attempted to start the beta test in all regions at the same time. We will share more information about the start dates for the beta in different regions at a later date.

I play World of Warcraft, but the option to merge a World of Warcraft account into a Battle.net account is not yet available in my region. What should I do to opt in?
We plan to add the ability to merge a World of Warcraft account into a Battle.net account in Europe prior to the European phase of the StarCraft II beta, so that World of Warcraft players there will have a chance to participate. Please note that when it comes time to select StarCraft II beta participants, we will not consider how early or late they opted in before the beta began. In the meantime, if you have any other Blizzard Entertainment games, you can attach one of those to a Battle.net account to fulfill the requirement to opt in now.

I have an unused beta code from WWI 2008. Can I use this to access the StarCraft II beta?
If you have an unused beta code from WWI 2008, you will be able to use the code to gain entry to the European phase of the StarCraft II beta. If you have already claimed your WWI code to receive an invitation to a previous beta but did not end up using that invitation, you will not be able to use your WWI code or invitation for the StarCraft II beta. Please note that beta codes received at other WWI or BlizzCon events (except BlizzCon 2008) will not grant you entry into the StarCraft II beta.

When I first signed up for a Battle.net account, I checked a box to indicate I wanted to participate in Blizzard betas, but I didn’t submit a beta profile with my system specs. Do I need to complete this new process?
Yes. In order to be considered for the StarCraft II beta and any other upcoming Blizzard Entertainment betas, you’ll need to upload your beta profile through the application found in Battle.net Account Management.

If you have any questions not covered in this FAQ or encounter issues during the opt-in process, please visit http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/contactbilling for contact information, or contact us via our web form: http://us.blizzard.com/support/webform.xml.


RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:22:42

Xordiah

Should both work.. I'm having it checked right now. :)

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:35:27

Xordiah

The problem has been identified and should be solved in a couple of minutes. And yeah, I should really get my avatar updated. ;)

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Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:49:24

Xordiah

Just hang on a sec, I will give you an update when we have fixed the issue with the EU version. If it is not working with the US version either, then I would suspect it to be a router issue that some of the ports are not opened that are needed. I would check with our tech support to try and resolve that issue.

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 18:54:26

Xordiah

Ok. the beta opt-in should be working fine now for EU version as well. Please try again, if you previously couldn't send your information.

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:00:39

Xordiah

You can only attach one PC to your Battle.net Opt-in. But if you change your mind about what PC you want to use, you can switch to another one at a later time.

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:02:06

Xordiah


Q u o t e:
Ehm... Quick question Xordiah, for those of us running two systems, only one is able to sign up, right?
Which should I use? My lowish-end iMac or higher-end gaming PC? Are the chances equal?



Just use the one you're most comfortable gaming with and will most likely use later on if you do get into the beta. ;)

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:24:41

Xordiah


Q u o t e:
Forbidden

You don't have permission to access / on this server.

WHY!! why cant i go on battle.net???



Try http://www.battle.net instead of http://battle.net please.

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:27:55

Xordiah


Q u o t e:
Hum, is that even possible ? Xordiah can you please confirm that we can use our WWI key ?



Correct, if you have not previously used the key for the Wrath of the Lich King beta, you can opt in now under http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/misc/beta-signup.html to participate in the StarCraft II beta. This is only possible for not yet claimed keys.

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:31:16

Xordiah

If you still have problems with the opt-in application, please describe your problem in the tech support forums:

http://forums.battle.net/board.html?forumId=12014&sid=3000

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:34:04

Xordiah

As mentioned previously, just take the one you'd rather be playing with. :)

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Blizzard Europe

by Xordiah | 06/05/2009 19:36:25

Xordiah


Q u o t e:
the system checker doesn't scan all my hard disks. it only scans my system partition (15GB), but my other partition (130GB) and other hard disk (320GB) are ignored.

i hope hard disk capacity doesn't lower people's chances of participating...


Don't worry about this, there will be a lot of people in the same situation. I'll make sure that the development team is aware of this (though I am quite sure they know already).

RTS Community Team
Blizzard Europe

by Karune | 06/05/2009 20:06:54

Karune


Q u o t e:
What if a person opt's in with multiple accounts with multiple emails?? id think thatd improve their chances of getting selected, unless the opt-in limits your entries based on some computer spec info


We will be filtering attempts to spam accounts, which may also hurt your chances of getting into beta. We want to make this process the most fair for everyone interested in beta.

by Karune | 06/05/2009 20:12:12

Karune


Q u o t e:
Xordiah, if it's possible to use the WotLK beta keys for a StarCraft 2 key, does that mean we can save our Blizzcon 2008 keys to get a Diablo 3 beta key some following beta period?


The WWI keys were not originally intended to be used with StarCraft II. After further consideration, we wanted to add it as a bonus to the beta pool, so give those who have not used their keys a second chance to partake in the beta process. The BlizzCon 2008 keys will only work with StarCraft II beta, so please use it now, or else they will be useless after.

by Karune | 06/05/2009 21:04:22

Karune


Q u o t e:
If u have won a beta key in Blizzard's contests like Vespene laughs, will u get ur cd-key via mail without all this process u described before?? How much time will u calculate to play betas between regions? I mean, how much time will pass between EEUU get the beta and cd -keys and Europe get beta and cd-keys? one week?, one month?
Thanks you very much, Xordiah :)


Contest winners will be getting their keys via email. While they may not necessarily be participating in the first batch of beta testers, they will have access in their region's beta at an early phase.

by Karune | 07/05/2009 00:28:10

Karune


Q u o t e:
Those who entered Blizzcon keys back in late march-april are still good right?


Yup, though don't forget you will still need a Battle.net account to be able to download the beta build when you are contacted. If you want to be considered for future Blizzard betas too, it would be good to still run the systems check as well.

by Karune | 07/05/2009 00:46:24

Karune


Q u o t e:
I may have a hard time revealing them if they help me a lot :P


lol, I'm sure your opponent would be more than willing to spill the beans there.

by Karune | 07/05/2009 02:30:01

Karune


Q u o t e:
Karune, what happens if you share a household with someone who also wants to opt in the beta (like my brother)? Will you guys regard that as a possible spam attempt since it will show the same address/last name? I believe he also has a gmail account like I do. Basically the only difference is our computers. I wouldn't want to miss out because you guys think it's a spam attempt to try to opt in the beta.


If you guys each have your own battle.net account in which you are opting in on you will be fine.

by Karune | 07/05/2009 19:55:16

Karune


Q u o t e:
@Karune


1. Are we going to be able to merge our account (EU accounts) before BETA become avaiable?

2. How many players you plan to be on BETA? (30.000 ?)

3. You will release BETA after 15 Jun ? (i am geting back home from my long vacation :)))))

4. I have BlizzCon key 2008 and i use that earlyer now i do opt-in also (didn't read) did i made mistake?



Regards,
ps: thx for this thread time will pass faster for us.



1) Yes
2) Final numbers have not been capped, but we will get as many people in as needed to assure we have ample testing for both balance and quality assurance. We also hope to get much feedback from the community involved, as there will be separate StarCraft II Beta Forums for posting by beta participants.
3) Going to have to wait and see for that one :)
4) As mentioned earlier, you don't need to do anything else, but it would still be recommended to go through the traditional beta opt-in method to get a chance for beta in our other future titles.

by Karune | 07/05/2009 20:34:17

Karune


Q u o t e:
Dear Blue.

I have a question regarding beta keys and their distribution to Australian's.

Are Australian's included in the North American testing phase, or are they going to be added at some point later in the testing phase due to their location. I'm assuming that you will want to test the australian connection to the new Battle.net at some point?

Cheers.


Australia and New Zealand will be a part of the North American Beta.

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