Blizzard posted information about a sweepstakes on Facebook today that puts fans in a position to win one of two hundred beta invitations each week, in addition to a second key to every fourth winner.
For those of you that weren't fortunate enough to get into the beta yet, it's simple: All you have to do is sign up for the drawing through Facebook.
The drawing is running today through December 12, so get to it!
Official Blizzard Quote:
Want to lead the charge against the minions of the Burning Hells before the game releases? Then join the fight for the fate of Sanctuary by entering the Diablo III Beta Key Sweepstakes!
Starting October 17, we'll be randomly selecting 200 winners each week to receive a key to our exclusive Diablo III beta test. In addition, every fourth winner chosen will receive a second key to share with a friend! Drawings will occur every Monday for eight weeks for a total 2,000 keys.
Interested? Good! Signing up is easy. Simply follow Diablo on Facebook and complete our official entry form between now and December 12 for your chance to win. For more information about how to participate, check out the sweepstakes rules and eligibility page. Good luck!
Thanks to Molster for posting this in his status!
UPDATE: For those of you wondering why your country or province was left out of these sweepstakes, Zhydaris was able to provide an official reply to those concerned. Apparently sweepstakes such as these are classified differently in different places, which fortunately provides an explanation, but unfortunately means that the countries allowed in the sweepstakes is unlikely to change because it is a legal issue.
However, every country is still able to participate in the Beta Opt-in, so if you don't have that set up on your Battle.net account, be sure to update your settings!
Official Blizzard Quote:
Hey Aice, I can perfectly understand your point here. You're correct, some countries are usually not able to take part in some of our promotions / offers / deals / sweepstakes.
First of all, I would like to point out that there is no benefit to us to not offering these promotions in all European countries. We always try to reach out to all of our players and we definitely don't want to keep countries out of the loop. Unfortunately, this isn't always our call.
Every country has different legal restrictions, and this restrictions will determine if a particular offer or initiative will be available to a specific country.
I cannot go into details because there are just too many examples, it's impossible to examine them on a case by case basis.
Long story short, some of our initiatives are classified as "gambling" in some countries, as "pyramid schemes" in others, and so on. Some laws just state that any promotion, deal, or offer that allows additional benefits to be gained as a result of bringing further people to the game would be classed as unacceptable.
As you can imagine, it's a difficult situation, but we're definitely aware of the fact that all of our players would like to have the opportunity of taking part in our initiatives.
We don't care about the number of players we have in a specific country, we just want to involve as many people as possible.
If you believe that we may be missing out a country that would indeed allow this kind of scheme without issue then you’re welcome to contact our legal team purely to draw their attention to the situation.