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Starcraft 2 Beta Codes at GAMESTOP with Pre-order


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#1 Apathetic-Irony

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:55 AM

Gamestop is giving out Starcraft 2 Beta Codes when you pre-order Starcraft 2. This means you can get into the beta for $5.

Codes are still going for over $80 on ebay, so if this doesn't catch on, you could probably turn this around for profit too.

I just did this about an hour ago.

It's on the main page of Gamestop's site now.

Reserve StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and receive an invitation to the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta. Available online and in-store while supplies last. Once you recieve your Beta Code your order cannot be canceled.
Online Customers (web delivery): A code and instructions on how to join the beta will be emailed within 1 business day of when your order was placed.

In-Store Pickup Customers: Please wait 24 hours after your order is placed, then proceed to your store to pick up your beta code.

Store Customers: A beta code will be printed on your pre-order receipt.

If I preorder this in store, can I cancel it later?

No. After you get the beta key you're locked in but it only costs 5 dollars.


Edited by Apathetic-Irony, 21 April 2010 - 07:37 PM.


#2 Mikocouch

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:55 AM

Nice, going to get get one and make $50 real quick.

#3 tekzor

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:57 AM

preorder a copy
didnt get anything


#4 Admiral Moo

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 12:59 AM

In store only then? I got squat for pre-ordering online last week with all those promo codes floating around.

#5 aznguyen316

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:01 AM

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#6 dabamus

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:03 AM

Will definitely check out tomorrow for the profitability mode! Thanks OP!
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Too bad I see him being hit by a parked bus in the near future.


#7 ivanwijaya

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:51 AM

just called my gamestop and they said they are not doing any beta for pre order...will probably try another gamestop.

(i assume it's okay to call in this kind of situation?)


#8 LBJC

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:06 AM

Can you do this online or what? Let us know!

#9 dabamus

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:09 AM

Also, was it a card they gave you, or was it on the receipt from the preorder?(similar to what GS did with the Splinter Cell SPAS codes?)
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Too bad I see him being hit by a parked bus in the near future.


#10 saosin42

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:15 AM

How much do you want to bet that GameStop employees will hoard the codes for massive profit? (If true, that is...)

#11 nakanenui

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:17 AM

99.9% sure that beta codes are being sold as we speak from profit-driven GS employees if this is the case.
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#12 Bervda

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:36 AM

How much do you want to bet that GameStop employees will hoard the codes for massive profit? (If true, that is...)


You must have some shitty GameStops nearby.

#13 Visitor9x

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:37 AM

Any confirmation on this yet? The website says nothing.. I pre-ordered online a week or two ago and didn't get an e-mail or anything. Very interested if true. Guess I'll start calling around...

#14 paintball745

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:50 AM

Any confirmation on this yet? The website says nothing.. I pre-ordered online a week or two ago and didn't get an e-mail or anything. Very interested if true. Guess I'll start calling around...


x2 I just checked my e-mail and nothing kinda wish this is true just cause there is no release date on it yet lol.

#15 Apathetic-Irony

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:51 AM

As far as I'm aware, this is in-store only. When I made my pre-order today (after hearing about this), the employee pulled out a sheet of paper that looked like a printed email. On it were at least a dozen beta codes. He then copied it down onto my receipt for me.

#16 BouncingSoul

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:56 AM

You must have some shitty GameStops nearby.


I'd say his experience with gamestop has been consistent with mine. I remember when the special edition of Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence started selling for hefty sums on ebay my Gamestop mysteriously couldn't fulfill the pre-order I had made months earlier. The days of full digital distribution can't come soon enough.

edit:Oh yeah, pre-ordered this online at gamestop the day Blizzard announced the special edition. Haven't gotten anything in my e-mail yet.
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#17 howlinmad

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:58 AM

Preordered about a week ago. Checking tomorrow.
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#18 ANGELofHELL

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 03:07 AM

Hmm maybe I'll preorder then, thanks for the notification.

#19 evenfl0w

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:23 AM

It's on the main page of Gamestop's site now.

Reserve StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and receive an invitation to the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta. Available online and in-store while supplies last. Once you recieve your Beta Code your order cannot be canceled.
Online Customers (web delivery): A code and instructions on how to join the beta will be emailed within 1 business day of when your order was placed.

In-Store Pickup Customers: Please wait 24 hours after your order is placed, then proceed to your store to pick up your beta code.

Store Customers: A beta code will be printed on your pre-order receipt.

#20 shrike4242

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:27 AM

Once you recieve your Beta Code your order cannot be canceled.

They've been doing a bit of this recently with pre-orders.

I guess people will have to ride out the pre-order to the end before they can return it.

#21 Hydro2Oxide

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:26 AM

I'll bite the 5 bucks for a beta key even if I can't get it back.

#22 J7.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:37 AM

When does the beta start? I thought they were doing a beta right now - guess that's the closed one.

#23 Hydro2Oxide

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:44 AM

When does the beta start? I thought they were doing a beta right now - guess that's the closed one.


What're you talking about? This gets you in to that beta :lol:

#24 J7.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:53 AM

I thought I heard there was a closed beta or something that was very small before the major one.
edit: this says the closed beta started in February of this year http://arstechnica.c...ng-mid-2010.ars

I also found this for the official beta on Battle.net:

When does the StarCraft II beta test start?
We don’t have an exact start date to share at this time, but note that when it does begin, we will be adding additional regions to the beta test in phases. North America, Australia, and New Zealand will be the first regions to begin beta testing, and other regions will follow afterward in phases. We will have more information to share about all of these phases in the future.

The reason for setting up the beta in regional phases is that it takes time to set up and configure our testing infrastructure in each area. Bringing up one region at a time makes the overall testing process for StarCraft II and Battle.net more efficient from a development perspective, making the test more effective, and allowing us to complete the game more quickly than if we attempted to start the beta test in all regions at the same time. We will share more information about the start dates for the beta in different regions at a later date.

#25 aznboovie

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:10 AM

son of a bitch, i pre-ordered it last week with the 25OFF+10AUTO and i didnt get a beta key thats ****d up.

#26 Fatsobob

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:15 AM

Does anyone know if they will be sending codes to those who ordered online before the announced this? Maybe a store will let me show them a receipt of my purchase and let me get my code that way?

#27 etcrane

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:22 AM

I guess I'll call the service line in the morning about the beta code?

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:23 AM

son of a bitch, i pre-ordered it last week with the 25OFF+10AUTO and i didnt get a beta key thats ****d up.


lol, i wouldn't panic. i'm just going to assume that you'll get an email tomorrow since gamestop JUST put the whole beta code thing up now. if not, email them and ask what's up.

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#29 aznboovie

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:25 AM

lol, i wouldn't panic. i'm just going to assume that you'll get an email tomorrow since gamestop JUST put the whole beta code thing up now. if not, email them and ask what's up.

Sorry im just a die-hard SC fan.

#30 hmbtnguy

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 05:28 AM

I ordered from gamestop using the 25off and value shipping.

I'm wondering if it's be possible to change my shipping to the free 3 day shipping without it removing my discount.
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