As we informed you yesterday, Diablo 3’s beta will be officially launched this month and although it doesn’t need any more hyping, Blizzard went ahead and released a Beta Opt-In program and the game’s beta FAQ. This System Check application doesn’t guarantee you a place in the Diablo III beta but we’d advice you to run it anyway because who knows… you might be selected via this way.
As Blizzard’s statement reads:
“To be eligible to participate in the Diablo III beta test, you need an active Battle.net account with any Blizzard game title attached to it. If you don’t already have an account, it’s easy to create one. Once you’ve set up a Battle.net account, or if you’ve already got one, you can access it by visiting http://us.battle.net/en/ and clicking the Account button on the upper right. Then, to opt into the beta, just click the Games & Codes section of your Account Management page, and then select the Beta Profile Settings option from the drop-down menu. You’ll be prompted to download the System Check beta opt-in application; running it will opt you in to the Diablo III beta. If your system specifications change, you can run the System Check application again to update your information.”
Additionally – and according to its FAQ, Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including an element of luck. Blizzard’s goal is to have a good variety of system types to best test compatibility.
If on the other hand you can’t or don’t want to run this program, you’ll have the chance to win a beta key through various promotions on Blizzard’s sites, as well as through their official fansites.
Moreover, Blizzard does not plan to include the PvP arenas in the beta test of Diablo 3. The company is also planning to test the functionality of the Diablo III gold-based auction house sometime after the initial beta launch and yes, Mac users will be able to enjoy this beta phase too.
For more information, head over to the official FAQ here.