Small D3 Beta = Short D3 Beta = Lots of testers? I speculated about that on the podcast today with Elly (will be posted tomorrow morning) so let me spell it out in words. And yeah, it's kinda related to this thready, by kickback. From this morning's leaked cell phone beta shot we know that the beta is small; the guy said he beat it 3x in just one afternoon. (The media people weren't playing the exact same build as the beta, but very similar.) We also know it ends with King Leoric, who we know is not the end of Act One. Thus we know the beta isn't about testing game systems or balance or major portions of the game. It's basically a tech demo to give Bliz tech support a head start on launch day crash bugs, and a way to stress test the B.net D3 features/servers/game creation/etc. They need a lot of testers for that. A lot of people online. A fresh supply of new testers with new systems. (Plus, since the beta isn't very much content, a lot of people won't play it for hundreds of hours, so there will be high turnover.) There were generally over 20k testers online, at all times, during the SC2 beta, and everyone who was in that beta got at least one "invite a friend" opportunity, as they needed fresh meat. It seems likely that the D3 beta will follow that trend. Lots of testers, lots added in regularly to keep the testing numbers up, and best of all, the test shouldn't run that long, since it's just for tech stuff. (And to give the devs more time to test out end game/high level/system changes, which we'll be able to tell you about once the NDA expires Aug 1.) So, D3 beta won't run that long (3 months?), there will be tens of thousands of people in it right from the start, and hundreds of thousands will probably get a shot at it eventually. If my calculations are correct, almost everyone reading this will get into the beta, eventually, and the wait for the final game should be a lot shorter than we've been expecting. Hence good news, unless you were sure you'd get into the beta right at the start, and had hoped for all of Act One for your private multi-month playground.