Pre-Order Beta Key

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Do we get a beta key if we pre-order directly from Blizzard? Thanks

P.S: Is the WoL collectors thor still in HoTS?
Do we get a beta key if we pre-order directly from Blizzard?

Nope.

Its a deal to help retailers, many of whom are going out of business because digital download is so appealing. Thats my theory, anyway.

P.S: Is the WoL collectors thor still in HoTS?

It should be.
Is there anywhere other than amazon that does this? I don't want to order from amazon then get it shipped 3-4 days after it was released.. (and I don't want to pay the shipping + extra shipping to make it come faster)
Gamestop has been, with the beta key right on the receipt.

I believe other places have as well; but they're for non-us customers.
It would've been nice to get a heads up that Amazon/other retailers are giving away beta keys with preorders, would've ordered it from there instead of Blizzard...

I just can't find myself playing WoL right now, but I still love watching pro matches with awesome casters.
Yeah, Aldrexus ought to update his thread ( http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/6712881870 ) to include all stores that give beta keys for reordering. :D

If anyone gets a key from pre-ordering, be sure to join the forum clan: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/7004342342?page=1
Gamestop has been, with the beta key right on the receipt.

I believe other places have as well; but they're for non-us customers.


Has this been confirmed? Only 4 hours until gamestop opens, might have to go check it out...
Nope.

Its a deal to help retailers, many of whom are going out of business because digital download is so appealing. Thats my theory, anyway.
If this position is not reversed very soon I will be very unhappy.
Gamestop has been, with the beta key right on the receipt.

I believe other places have as well; but they're for non-us customers.


Has this been confirmed? Only 4 hours until gamestop opens, might have to go check it out...

http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/134z7q/wheni_preordered_at_gamestop_today_my_receipt_had/

Other stores:

http://www.game.co.uk/en/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-with-free-beta-access-code-190423?pageSize=20

http://gamestop.de/PC/Games/23023/starcraft-2-heart-of-the-swarm-add-on

11/14/2012 05:46 AMPosted by zappy
If this position is not reversed very soon I will be very unhappy.

Why?

It is possible they could change this in the future, I'm sure, but they haven't announced any plans to do so yet.
Nope.

Its a deal to help retailers, many of whom are going out of business because digital download is so appealing. Thats my theory, anyway.
If this position is not reversed very soon I will be very unhappy.


People have been submitting tickets to get blizzard to cancel their pre-orders so they can order from amazon or pick it up at gamestop for beta access.

People have been submitting tickets to get blizzard to cancel their pre-orders so they can order from amazon or pick it up at gamestop for beta access.

I was going to suggest this; if that is why he has an issue with it.

If you just don't like it that they're offering this deal to retailers; then too bad -- but if you're upset because you ordered it from Blizzard before learning about this deal, I would certainly try to get a refund from Blizzard and then order it from one of these stores instead.
If you just don't like it that they're offering this deal to retailers; then too bad. But if you're upset because you ordered it before learning about this deal, I would certainly at least try to get a refund from Blizzard and then order it from one of these stores instead.


Apparently people have been having success in getting blizzard to cancel the pre-orders, as well, if some of the forum posts here and in that reddit thread are to be believed.
Ok, sorry let me clarify. I have no problem with beta keys being given out among other vendors. I typically try to go to the source of any given game that i wish to purchase because i am very skeptical of third party claims. I assumed that if beta keys were in fact to be given away for pre purchase that I would be safest going with purchasing directly from Blizzard. I am now unhappy because due to my precautions i now have to go through the trouble of cancelling my pre-order and actually order once again to actually get the full product which is not available directly from the producer for some inexplicable reason.

To be clear, I will still pre purchase, I will get over it, I will be angrily staring at my wall until I am vaporizing a base with oracles.
Ok, sorry let me clarify. I have no problem with beta keys being given out among other vendors. I typically try to go to the source of any given game that i wish to purchase because i am very skeptical of third party claims. I assumed that if beta keys were in fact to be given away for pre purchase that I would be safest going with purchasing directly from Blizzard. I am now unhappy because due to my precautions i now have to go through the trouble of cancelling my pre-order and actually order once again to actually get the full product which is not available directly from the producer for some inexplicable reason.

To be clear, I will still pre purchase, I will get over it, I will be angrily staring at my wall until I am vaporizing a base with oracles.

If you're just unhappy with the lack of clarity about who is offering keys for pre-ordering; thats fine, I can understand.

I would've checked Blizzards site and tried to find a place were they actually stated you would get a key before presuming you would -- most other places, like Amazon, make it clear you'll get one. If Blizzard offered such a deal, I'm sure they would advertise it clearly as well.
If you're just unhappy with the lack of clarity about who is offering keys for pre-ordering; thats fine, I can understand.

I would've checked Blizzards site and tried to find a place were they actually stated you would get a key before presuming you would -- most other places, like Amazon, make it clear you'll get one. If Blizzard offered such a deal, I'm sure they would advertise it clearly as well.
Thank you, by the way, for clearing up the situation. i will be more wary in the future of such offers, be they from official channels or third parties.

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