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Post by trog @ 12:45pm 17/03/12 | 181 Comments
We're starting to hand out the very last few Diablo 3 keys (thanks again Blizzard!), so if you missed out please keep an eye out on our beta key giveaway page for keys as they go up.

We'll be giving them away in random small batches over the afternoon, with priority given to members who have been around for a while - but newbies will still have a chance to get one. Keep an eye out in the comments to this news post for more information.



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Latest Comments
Toxus
Posted 12:57pm 17/3/12
The last batch of Diablo 3 keys will be going up soon. Please stay tuned.



*hits F5 constantly*
Freppi
Posted 01:04pm 17/3/12
ZOMG inb4 never get one
ryanstein94
Posted 01:09pm 17/3/12
how soon is soon
taggs
Posted 01:11pm 17/3/12
ooh, i'd love one of these.

have missed out last couple of times :(
sycosity
Posted 01:14pm 17/3/12
where are they posted?
flatline
Posted 01:16pm 17/3/12
Do you get into the beta automatically if you pre-order?
Freppi
Posted 01:16pm 17/3/12
Do you get into the beta automatically if you pre-order?

no
parabol
Posted 01:24pm 17/3/12
Do you get into the beta automatically if you pre-order?

Imagine the phat loot they would have been rolling in if that were the case.

Oh well, awaiting the 3 minute window when keys are available ..
Mosfx
Posted 01:30pm 17/3/12
Awesomesauce
Toxus
Posted 01:35pm 17/3/12
This is driving me crazy refreshing Main page and Forums lol..shows I truly have no life hahaha
Freppi
Posted 01:36pm 17/3/12
This is driving me crazy refreshing Main page and Forums lol..shows I truly have no life hahaha

I've been doing this for like a half hour
Freppi
Posted 01:51pm 17/3/12
50 minutes later and nothing. now I gotta go. cool.
Toxus
Posted 01:52pm 17/3/12
50 minutes later and nothing. now I gotta go. cool.


WOO LESS COMPETITION!! xD
sycosity
Posted 01:53pm 17/3/12
50 minutes later and nothing. now I gotta go. cool.


Don't go! Sure they won't let us dedicated news followers and d3 fans wait all day..! Please :D
Sandro
Posted 01:55pm 17/3/12
Don't listen to them, i'm sure you have very important things to do!
Blizzard
Posted 02:10pm 17/3/12
*Insert witty "The OP will surely deliver" pic here*

last edited by Eorl at 14:10:54 17/Mar/12
Trauma
Posted 02:21pm 17/3/12
50 minutes later and nothing. now I gotta go. cool.

Hahaha sense of entitlement much?
Toxus
Posted 02:28pm 17/3/12
*finger breaks hitting F5*
Trauma
Posted 02:29pm 17/3/12
K go
3z
Posted 02:29pm 17/3/12
Thanks!
trog
Posted 02:29pm 17/3/12
first small batch added now with the 1 year achievement requirement for regulars
Trauma
Posted 02:30pm 17/3/12
Totally beat you to it trog, thx for key AGN.
Ryan
Posted 02:30pm 17/3/12
Where? I have the achieve...
Syd
Posted 02:36pm 17/3/12
hrm, I don't have the achieve and my account should be years old
Trauma
Posted 02:31pm 17/3/12
assag
Posted 02:31pm 17/3/12
Thanks Trog <3 AusGamer!
NiTrat3
Posted 02:31pm 17/3/12
Ohhh missed out.
Toxus
Posted 02:32pm 17/3/12
Figures...
Ryan
Posted 02:33pm 17/3/12
TRAUMA!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I just yelled at the top of my voice and scared the s*** outta my mates on Skype... Thank you AG!!
lightwave
Posted 02:34pm 17/3/12
if only i had made a forum post lol
oops i just did
sheep_pimp
Posted 02:34pm 17/3/12
Thanks Trog <3
alex
Posted 02:35pm 17/3/12
zzzzzzzzz
tspec
Posted 02:35pm 17/3/12
That was quick, I shouldn't have gone out for coffee.
Toxus
Posted 02:36pm 17/3/12
What a waste of time lol stupid achievements
trog
Posted 02:38pm 17/3/12
next batch in around 12 minutes (1:50pm AEST / 2:50pm AEDT). It will require no achievements. Be ready.
Mosfx
Posted 02:45pm 17/3/12
That was quick, I shouldn't have gone out for coffee.


Heh me too.
trog
Posted 02:47pm 17/3/12
There'll be (at least) one more batch for oldschool peeps so stay tuned
WhiteKnight
Posted 02:48pm 17/3/12
Here they come!
fuzzmz
Posted 02:50pm 17/3/12
Here's to hoping.
sycosity
Posted 02:50pm 17/3/12
Lets go!
NiTrat3
Posted 02:51pm 17/3/12
lol all gone.
Mirrage
Posted 02:51pm 17/3/12
wow. Less than 30 seconds.... Gone
fuzzmz
Posted 02:51pm 17/3/12
Wow, that was fast :(
trog
Posted 02:51pm 17/3/12
2nd batch gone (before I even had time to reload the page). Who got one?
Toxus
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
hah wow that was rediculous, refresh click all gone already xD
tspec
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
Not I.
Syd
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
I got one, thanks <3
sycosity
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
Thank you Trog and AGN <3 <3 <3
Caz
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
Are you trolling and sending them per batch of 1? :D
Mirrage
Posted 02:52pm 17/3/12
how many were there given out just then. Out of curiosity
Alikura
Posted 02:53pm 17/3/12
Didn't get one :(
alex
Posted 02:53pm 17/3/12
whaaaaaaaaat, they were gone in litteraly a click of refresh, are you gunna be doing another batch of these again?
Mosfx
Posted 02:53pm 17/3/12
Let's just say I'll still be studying tonight :(
trog
Posted 02:53pm 17/3/12
NEXT BATCH AT 2:20PM (3:20PM AEDT)
Toxus
Posted 02:54pm 17/3/12
What exactly are the batch sizes anyway
IndianaCones
Posted 02:56pm 17/3/12
le piss, that was quick
oldmategm
Posted 02:58pm 17/3/12
Awesome
Perceval
Posted 03:04pm 17/3/12
Thanks trog. Awesomeness+
Mosfx
Posted 03:21pm 17/3/12
I hear alt+f4 gives you a key...

Yes got one!
Mirrage
Posted 03:22pm 17/3/12
wow I should try that, thanks mos!
/sarcasm ^_^
tspec
Posted 03:22pm 17/3/12
Woohoo nabbed one as well. Thanks Trog.
trog
Posted 03:23pm 17/3/12
NEXT BATCH AT (around) 3:30pm (4:30pm AEDT).
Nukleuz
Posted 03:23pm 17/3/12
Schwing finally nabbed one. Wasn't at work (AG is blocked) for once when they became available.
Midda
Posted 03:23pm 17/3/12
Wtf, were they all gone in less than a minute? I tried right on 2:20pm. :(
Freppi
Posted 03:25pm 17/3/12
Watched like 20 videos in a second, still couldn't get one. GG.
Nukleuz
Posted 03:28pm 17/3/12
I believe that batch was only open to members with the 1 year achievement.
Eorl
Posted 03:28pm 17/3/12
Freppi what do you mean you watched videos? Should just be able to go here and get a key.
Stormshado
Posted 03:29pm 17/3/12
Eorl: The last giveaway required the 'Marge, change the channel' achievement.
I quickly watched 10 vids to get the achieve, still missed out though :P
fuzzmz
Posted 03:31pm 17/3/12
Oh well, maybe the next batch :(
3x0dus
Posted 03:31pm 17/3/12
few more "Old-School QGL" batches required.
Freppi
Posted 03:34pm 17/3/12
Eorl: The last giveaway required the 'Marge, change the channel' achievement.I quickly watched 10 vids to get the achieve, still missed out though :P

This^ haha
fuzzmz
Posted 03:35pm 17/3/12
Eorl: The last giveaway required the 'Marge, change the channel' achievement.I quickly watched 10 vids to get the achieve, still missed out though :P

Glad to see I wasn't the only one.
Freppi
Posted 03:36pm 17/3/12
This is ridiculous just to get a beta key i've been trying for months for...
fuzzmz
Posted 03:43pm 17/3/12
This is ridiculous just to get a beta key i've been trying for months for...

At this point I've mostly given up to be honest; just two months until the game is out so the beta is of limited value. Plus, if they do like they did with Starcraft 2, more and more beta keys will be handed out as the final release comes closer.
Freppi
Posted 03:49pm 17/3/12
At this point I've mostly given up to be honest; just two months until the game is out so the beta is of limited value. Plus, if they do like they did with Starcraft 2, more and more beta keys will be handed out as the final release comes closer.

Yeah, I was looking for months and months, and now there's FINALLY a release date, there's been more and more keys being given out. What's the point in that. Even though i'll still never get one...
fuzzmz
Posted 03:59pm 17/3/12
What's the point in that.

Generating buzz and getting more people to actually play the game which in turn increases potential sales.
drZaius
Posted 04:17pm 17/3/12
bahhh, missed out again
Lickdove
Posted 04:19pm 17/3/12
Only 2 months off for the real things.. but still.. must. have. beta key... >:(
trog
Posted 04:22pm 17/3/12
Watched like 20 videos in a second, still couldn't get one. GG.
The Achievement requirements are in place to give preference to the many regular visitors we have who we feel should get first go at these keys because they are in high demand, as opposed to the majority of them going to people who have signed up exclusively for the purpose of getting a key and, sadly, will probably never be back again.

I'm sorry we can't give every single person a key that wants one; I would love nothing more than to give out keys to everyone who is keen to try it, but we have an extremely limited number of these things so we're trying to make it "fair" by giving first preference to regular users and our long standing user base. Clicking "play" on 20 videos is not exactly in the spirit of why that requirement is in place.

I am sort of a little surprised that people who have been trying for a while to get a key haven't been running around racketing up achievements over the last couple of weeks given that we made it fairly clear we were using them as a method to prioritise distribution - I guess the clever people that figured that out will get first dibs :)

Next batch will NOT require any achievements, so it will go fast.

Some people might be interested in this - live reporting of how many people are loading the key page: http://trog.qgl.org:8088/
Ayuen
Posted 04:23pm 17/3/12
:S I think the Achievements are broken. I've been around for longer than a year and no "One Year Old!" achievement. Maybe it is the super-lurks I've been doing...
trog
Posted 04:27pm 17/3/12
:S I think the Achievements are broken. I've been around for longer than a year and no "One Year Old!" achievement. Maybe it is the super-lurks I've been doing...
the requirement for that achieve is "You've been around for one year now AND have made a forum post in the last year. Nice one!"
trog
Posted 04:30pm 17/3/12
done & gone already. you guys pressing f5 sure are pressing it fast
fuzzmz
Posted 04:31pm 17/3/12
Can't believe just how luck I am! Got one.

Thanks trog!
Mirrage
Posted 04:31pm 17/3/12
so when's the next one happening?
Midda
Posted 04:32pm 17/3/12
I'm pretty sure those ones all went in less than a second. I missed out, but my girlfriend got one at the same time. :(
Ayuen
Posted 04:34pm 17/3/12
Hmm, and what do you call that up there or this for that matter? Or is it only retroactive so it should theoretically count tomorrow?
trog
Posted 04:37pm 17/3/12
Hmm, and what do you call that up there or this for that matter? Or is it only retroactive so it should theoretically count tomorrow?
yeh, it will count when the Achivement-calculator runs next (I don't know when that is).
Ozzy
Posted 04:40pm 17/3/12
f*** I go for a surf and this happens. noooo!
Alikura
Posted 04:40pm 17/3/12
Did you have to press F5 or did just need to click "send key"
trog
Posted 04:51pm 17/3/12
Next one at 4:15pm (5:15pm AEDT) - stay tuned
Slink
Posted 04:55pm 17/3/12
Thanks AusGamers, Got my key and can now play with my Hubby
maxi
Posted 05:07pm 17/3/12
Dam I been around longer then a year but because I did not post for a year tells me I not eligible. Dang it.
Omnom Pylons
Posted 05:07pm 17/3/12
I R CAN HAZ¿
dranged
Posted 05:16pm 17/3/12
F*****' A!
Midda
Posted 05:16pm 17/3/12
Awesome, got it this time. Cheers Trog.
toonom
Posted 05:17pm 17/3/12
Winning, got it this time sorry about spamming the button!

:D
3x0dus
Posted 05:17pm 17/3/12
success thanks agn!
trog
Posted 05:17pm 17/3/12
Next batch at 4:45pm (5:45pm AEDT)!
Mark
Posted 05:17pm 17/3/12
Anymore codes going out today?
trog
Posted 05:44pm 17/3/12
Actually my work PC (with the codes on it) just blinked off line and I can't get back on to it for some reaosn, so there's a delay in the next batch - sorry. I'll update again when this is sorted

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
trog
Posted 05:46pm 17/3/12
won't be long, don't go anywhere
Stormshado
Posted 05:48pm 17/3/12
Trog for Prez!
trog
Posted 05:49pm 17/3/12
Done. Looks like there's some funky weird broken characters in that last batch at the end of the keys - sorry, hopefully you can just ignore that and get the key out of it that way.
Mark
Posted 05:49pm 17/3/12
Awesome I Got one!. Thanks guys!
Jabroney
Posted 05:49pm 17/3/12
gotta have virtual librarian wtf?
Ryan
Posted 05:49pm 17/3/12
Finished downloading, logged in, B.net down :P
Supposed to be up 2 hours ago after 12 hours maintenance. Rawr!
Again, Thanks for this! (My first closed BETA ever, and it's D3. Stoked as)
alex
Posted 05:52pm 17/3/12
yes, got a key :3 this would be beta for Hon, LoL, and diablo 3, mirin
Jabroney
Posted 05:52pm 17/3/12
any way of getting one without downloading 10 files??
Stormshado
Posted 05:52pm 17/3/12
Ryan: good, i thought it was just me, http://www.blizzard.com/us/diablo3/ seems to be broke too :D
Lewk
Posted 05:54pm 17/3/12
I missed it again? God damn! I was hitting f5 like a mofo. I guess I''m not meant to have one if I have spent the last 3 hours hitting f5. Screw this, I have a social life to get back to. All the non-members can have their keys, screw the lot of them!
Protius
Posted 05:56pm 17/3/12
F*** yeah virtual librarian needed... booooo!!
Jabroney
Posted 05:58pm 17/3/12
mutha foker! just downloaded a whole f**ton of patches to get virtual librarian, now they are gone :(

why the random achievment here trog? ive got 1yr old, 1000posts pretty much every other one. the one time im acutally online when they are coming out and i need this random one?
Freppi
Posted 06:00pm 17/3/12
This system is retarded. Award for the biggest f*** go to you.
3x0dus
Posted 06:04pm 17/3/12
Lol, tears from someone who probably joined the site for no other reason then to get a key.
Freppi
Posted 06:05pm 17/3/12
Lol, tears from someone who probably joined the site for no other reason then to get a key.

No s***, why else would you join this site?
trog
Posted 06:11pm 17/3/12
mutha foker! just downloaded a whole f**ton of patches to get virtual librarian, now they are gone :(

why the random achievment here trog? ive got 1yr old, 1000posts pretty much every other one. the one time im acutally online when they are coming out and i need this random one?
see: every post I've made in every d3 beta thread on the subject of the achievement requirements

next batch will prolly just have the year old requirement so you can have a crack then. It was gonna be no requirement but then I read that silly post above so regulars get first dibs again!
Khel
Posted 06:17pm 17/3/12
This D3 beta is so much fun Freppi, whats your battletag, I'll have a game with you.

Oh wait, never mind.
CaffeinatedTech
Posted 06:19pm 17/3/12
Haha, nice Khel.
fable
Posted 06:19pm 17/3/12
so want one
CaffeinatedTech
Posted 06:20pm 17/3/12
Wish we could send invites from our beta accounts.
trog
Posted 06:25pm 17/3/12
TWO BATCHES LEFT

Next batch will require the 1 year achievement. It is online now!

The last batch will be free for all. It will be online a bit later tonight, probably after 7pm (8pm AEDT), as I need to have a break for dinner. So please check back after then for the timing for the last batch (I will make sure it has a clear time announced so there's no guessing).
Tollaz0r!
Posted 06:27pm 17/3/12

No s***, why else would you join this site?


PHwoere so you can be part of an awesome community that gets access to things like the Diablo 3 beta. If the D3 beta key is all you see, you are seriously short sighted my friend.
Taipanator
Posted 06:29pm 17/3/12
yay i'm a lurker and don't think i have made a post in a year which is dodging me :P.
flatline
Posted 06:49pm 17/3/12
yay i'm a lurker and don't think i have made a post in a year which is dodging me :P.

dodging?
dogging?
surge
Posted 06:51pm 17/3/12
here's hoping there are some keys left for us.....
Mushee
Posted 07:09pm 17/3/12
i hope i get one =D
Undataka
Posted 07:11pm 17/3/12
Diablo 3, The game of all games... :P
tashap007
Posted 07:12pm 17/3/12
I see if i can get one.
Mushee
Posted 07:15pm 17/3/12
Hey its trog =D its Mushee from net fest's back in the old days lol
grimgor
Posted 07:14pm 17/3/12
should be
Spock
Posted 07:32pm 17/3/12
well i excite i got one, now just have to get the beta...
Rumble79
Posted 07:33pm 17/3/12
hope i luck out on this last lot :P
SciberWolf
Posted 07:35pm 17/3/12
I would love one if im not too late.
SpikeNine
Posted 07:36pm 17/3/12
I'd really like a key to the beta
sazabi
Posted 07:37pm 17/3/12
Who do I have to root around here to get a key?
tetrahydroxypropyl
Posted 07:48pm 17/3/12
I'd really like a key to the beta

Wouldn't we all :P
tashap007
Posted 07:49pm 17/3/12
not long now....
GRIM
Posted 07:57pm 17/3/12
come on!!!
D4M14N
Posted 07:58pm 17/3/12
damn i better get this key lol
Cyaegha
Posted 08:00pm 17/3/12
F5 frenzy
Waystedyou
Posted 08:01pm 17/3/12
Would be nice to get back to diablo again just reinstalled D2 on my Pc about 6 months back.
tashap007
Posted 08:02pm 17/3/12
I have been playing Diablo2 a few nights a week over the past 2 or 3 weeks. I keen to try out D3 and the graphics are going to be insane
Cyaegha
Posted 08:03pm 17/3/12
Ooh, if you press ALT+F4 the keys page changes.
Waystedyou
Posted 08:04pm 17/3/12
Lol cyaegha
tashap007
Posted 08:04pm 17/3/12
man someone did that in lol the othere night and someone on my team dropped out.... man that is sad
Spock
Posted 08:04pm 17/3/12
oh ok, only 4 gigs to download... guess i wont be playing tonight then
Mirrage
Posted 08:05pm 17/3/12
I hear ctrl+w does the same thing
tashap007
Posted 08:05pm 17/3/12
wont they put it on the main page first?
Superform
Posted 08:11pm 17/3/12
lol i think eu just woke up according to hummingbird
sazabi
Posted 08:12pm 17/3/12
I think I missed out :(
tashap007
Posted 08:16pm 17/3/12
I did not see them go up. Hope I didnt miss it.
D4M14N
Posted 08:17pm 17/3/12
i think trog was going to post the time he was going to put them up before he put them up
Waystedyou
Posted 08:19pm 17/3/12
May of forgot but he did say he was going to eat first so that may of taken longer.
Cyaegha
Posted 08:20pm 17/3/12
He's watching is laughing :)
Cyaegha
Posted 08:20pm 17/3/12
US!
Cyaegha
Posted 08:22pm 17/3/12
Sitting in the car on the way home from a BBQ, refreshing the page like mad on my phone.
Mirrage
Posted 08:22pm 17/3/12
probably placing bets to see when the first person will crack under the pressure of waiting xD
trog
Posted 08:22pm 17/3/12
Sorry, just finished dinner. Wine distracted me.

Next and final batch will go at 8pm (9pm AEDT)!!
SpikeNine
Posted 08:22pm 17/3/12
AusGamers should put up an achievement for 10+ and 100+ F5 presses
tashap007
Posted 08:23pm 17/3/12
How many keys would you have left? Mr Trog
Waystedyou
Posted 08:24pm 17/3/12
I was right :p good luck everyone.
SpikeNine
Posted 08:32pm 17/3/12
Good Luck to you too.
Cyaegha
Posted 08:52pm 17/3/12
Excited
tashap007
Posted 09:00pm 17/3/12
Soo close
GRIM
Posted 09:01pm 17/3/12
dam
trog
Posted 09:05pm 17/3/12
coming now...
D4M14N
Posted 09:05pm 17/3/12
I HAS KEY!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Kiminoth
Posted 09:05pm 17/3/12
Woo, awesome! :)
SpikeNine
Posted 09:06pm 17/3/12
Excited, I got a beta key. Thanks trog and AusGamers
Waystedyou
Posted 09:06pm 17/3/12
Nothin ;p
tashap007
Posted 09:07pm 17/3/12
It says run out
trog
Posted 09:08pm 17/3/12
done and done! That's it guys, no more keys!

We're going to ask Blizzard if we can get some more, but we don't expect that we will - with the release date announced we fully expect the beta to be winding down over the next few weeks and I suspect they have enough people in it to do their beta testing stuff.

Thanks to everyone for hanging out trying to get a key and sorry that we weren't able to give one to everyone - I hope the people that did get one enjoy some game time, but everyone else - at least you now know how long you have to wait for, and it's not much longer!

If you did miss out and you're a newbie to the site, well, we hope you stick around for a while because we hope to be doing much more awesome stuff like this and the longer you're around the more likely you are to get in at the ground level :)

Big thanks to Blizzard for hooking us up as well!
Cyaegha
Posted 09:10pm 17/3/12
Thanks trog.
Romper
Posted 09:14pm 17/3/12
Big thanks to you guys at AusGamers as well

For those that keys today, shame that patch 15 has turned into a bit of a shamble and servers been down now going 12+ hrs.
CaffeinatedTech
Posted 09:15pm 17/3/12
Is there a Blizzard forum thread to spam F5 on for news on the servers?
rrrocket
Posted 09:26pm 17/3/12
f u all again

this is how you support your loyal forumers?
Romper
Posted 09:52pm 17/3/12
yeah, its up tp page 42

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/4175831893?page=42

Some of the chat on there is amusing - I can at least play Realm of the Mad god and check for any updates
Lickdove
Posted 09:54pm 17/3/12
I managed to snag a key earlier on, and sat through the download for most of the afternoon.. I've been a big Diablo fan since the first one, and to be honest.. even the log in screen is somewhat exciting for me, even with error 33 :)
Ryan
Posted 09:54pm 17/3/12
I don't see it coming up any time soon - it's 3am or so @ BlizzHQ. I'm doubtful they're gonna have a team working on it at this hour.
trog
Posted 11:26pm 17/3/12
f u all again

this is how you support your loyal forumers?
are you for real?

I'll lock this thread to prevent confusion; if you did score a key make sure you drop by our battletag thread so you can commune with everyone else!

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