‘Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm’ Beta Has Begun, Invites Going Out
The next iteration in Blizzard’s hit strategy series, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, has entered into a phase of multiplayer beta, with pro gamers, shoutcasters, press, and Arcade contest winners currently putting the game through its paces.
Though closed off to the general public, there’s always the potential for Blizzard to begin inviting players into the closed beta via their Battlet.net accounts. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to go ahead and make sure you’re officially “opted in” for the beta on your profile.
Blizzard has mentioned, though, that the beta selection process is based on some “element of luck” in addition to “system specifications and other factors.”
“Beta testers are chosen according to their system specifications and other factors, including recent StarCraft II activity (and an element of luck), when selecting individuals during each round of invitations. Our goal is to have a wide variety of players and system types.”
However, there are other ways you can join in on all the fun:
“We’ll be providing beta entry giveaways through various promotions on our sites, as well as through fansites and community VIPs. We’ll have more information available on these promotions as they approach.”
And while you’re not technically required to have Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty attached to your account, Blizzard did state that your amount of playtime in the game might factor into your probability of getting in when they open the beta invite floodgates.