With the Starcraft 2 beta now underway, eager Starcraft fans are paying top dollar for slots in the beta. That it is even possible to purchase beta slots is a new development, since eBay has long banned such auctions. Happily, thanks to Blizzard’s brilliant innovation of putting beta cd-key codes on the same goodie bag cards with WoW virtual pet codes, eBay is now brimming with such auctions.

    …some enterprising key recipients have chosen not to participate in the StarCraft II beta. Some 49 keys are being auctioned on eBay right now, with bids reaching up to $305. Most of the keys are cards given out at BlizzCon 2008, which provide access to one of the company’s upcoming betas – in this case, StarCraft II, which started on Wednesday,

    Selling these keys is allowed by eBay’s regulations, since those Blizzcon attendees are simply selling their card with the WoW pet code. That those cards also happen to have codes to enter the SC2 beta is purely a coincidence. *nudge nudge wink wink*

    Whether or not you guys are interested in the SC2 beta is an open question, but I’m fairly certain anyone reading this site at this point would be quite interested in a Diablo 3 beta key. So, on that topic, what would you pay for one? Or do for one? Yes, it’s something of a, “What would you do for a Klondike bar?” question (a question that YouTube shows me is far more alive in parody than actuality), but what would you do? Some suggestions:

    • Attend every Blizzcon from now until 2014 and assume that eventually one of those goodie bag cards will be tied to the Diablo 3 beta?
    • Hope to get lucky in a random draw?
    • Become a phenomenally active poster in our Diablo 3 forums so we’d reward you with some of our keys?
    • Save a dollar a week starting now, so that when the beta begins you could afford to pay $300 $500 $750 for a goodie bag card with a WoW bikini elf virtual desktop dancing girl + a D3 beta key?
    • Bad things. Very, very bad things…

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