Blizzcon 2008 Goodie Bag Cards = No D3 Beta For You!


Today Bashiok broke the news that Blizzcon 2008 goodie cards would not get you into the D3 beta, even if you saved one without scratching off the code all this time.


This is a general reminder that the beta key granted through the BlizzCon 2008 ‘goody bag’ card was for the StarCraft II beta only, and is not redeemable for Diablo III.

It was incorrectly rumored that it was a ‘general use’ beta key, redeemable for any beta, and so some held onto it to redeem later. Unfortunately that rumor was incorrect, the key is not general use, and was only usable for the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta.

We apologize for the confusion surrounding the intent of the key and appreciate your understanding.

I did not save my card from Blizzcon 2008 (I gave it to an old friend who wanted the WoW pet from it.) but the wording was vague about which beta it would get you into, and there wasn’t any hint of an expiration date. Here’s the quote from the WWI 2008 cards (Tyrael mini-pet FTW!) I still have lying around, which was identical to the Blizzcon 2008 card, as best I can recall.

As a thank you or attending the 2008 Worldwide Invitational, Blizzard Entertainment would like to present you with two exclusive gifts: A new pet for your World of Warcraft character and entry into the beta test for a future Blizzard title.

There were two codes, one for the pet and one for the beta, and the pet code is valid forever until used, but the beta codes were only good for the next/upcoming Blizzard beta. That was semi-officially said/known at the time, but as you can see from the wording on the card, that’s in no way made clear. Hence the confusion!

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  1. first they let you cheer and afterwards they spit on you :). I Always feel spitted on when I finally realize that I – again – get not beta key, doesnt matter which game, seems to be an issue of its own… 😕

  2. “Logged in as eugeneboo.”…….WTF???

  3. “confusion surrounding the intent”  What? O that never happens, people are alway right on the internet…

  4. Thinking it would be a \any beta\ key is kind of silly. I mean, beta keys are generated for each game individually! I guess technically they could keep moving the same key numbers over but that would be extra effort to keep track of what keys were never used (and could compromise security?).

  5. great! the only blizzcon i ever got to go to. Patiently saved 2 yes TWO friggin beta keys cards from 2008 costing what 100 bucks a piece. There must literally be a handful of these cards now not already used and Blizz wont even let me in the beta!

  6. great! the only blizzcon i ever got to go to. Patiently saved 2 yes TWO friggin beta keys cards from 2008 costing what 100 bucks a piece. There must literally be a handful of these cards now not already used and Blizz wont even let me in the beta!

  7. If you’re used to reading legalese you will immediately notice that they said “a future Blizzard title” and not “any future Blizzard title” and in the legalese language, “a title” means “a title we choose” as opposed to “any title” which means “any title you choose.”

    Legalese is now the second-biggest language on the internet behind English so they ought to be teaching it in schools. Legalese-English translators are always in high demand.

    • This is a clear and simple back-peddle from Blizzard’s promise for a future beta.  I think they realized too many people saved their Blizzcon 2007-2008 beta key cards, who didn’t use them on SCII, all hoping for Diablo III.  So, I’m assuming if they let everyone in on those old beta key cards, like their implied promise stated, then there would be too many in the D3 beta than planned.   Now, they’ve had to come up with this “confusion” garbage excuse as public-relations damage-control.  In other words, it’s just a really pathetic and lame way to help ADD confusion and calm down all of the literally thousands of their most loyal fans who were Blizzcon attendees – all of which are currently raging mad.  Myself included.

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