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Blizzard’s Beta Key Comic Contest, Hoaxes and Rumors

Please note that there is no official announcement of a StarCraft II Beta start date. Beta keys to winners will be distributed during the StarCraft II Beta process.

The above statement was made by Karune to curb the community’s enthusiasm over the announcement of the the first StarCraft 2 beta key contest.

It happened to be that Karune’s announcement regarding the beta key giveaway came amidst a significant rumor storm caused by the Captcha beta image hoax that followed Xordiah’s mention of an existing timetable for the beta as well as plans for beta key competitions.

StarCraft 2 Beta Key hoax

That same evening we have also received an (unofficial) message that insisted that a functional StarCraft 2 multiplayer demo of a recent build has been stolen in France, cracked, and that its torrent is already being seeded. In the context of the above events, the sudden addition of beta keys to the contest might have been an indication of Blizzard’s awareness of the leak, with the announcement being part of a broader “Given lemons, make lemonade” strategy.

Luckily, that was not the case – the only news that mattered was posted by Blizzard’s officials, with the Captcha being outed as a hoax, and we have yet to receive a proof of an existing, playable and redistributable StarCraft 2 demo.

The comic contest is currently the only way the general public (the part that has not attended Blizzcon) can get their hands on StarCraft 2 beta keys, and artists have all of February to try and craft a worthy “Graphic Novel”.

StarCraft II Beta Keys are up for grabs to the funniest, wittiest, able to cause a fun chuckle in your fellow StarCraft fans!

As a FYI, we will be adding (2) StarCraft II Beta Keys to the Vespene Laughs 1st place winner’s prize package each month for the StarCraft II Comic Contest. The rules will be updated accordingly for the February round of entries. Additionally, we will also reward previous 1st place winners of the contest as well with the beta keys as well.

This contest will be the first of various contests that will begin offering a chance to get into the StarCraft II Beta. If you know there isn’t a funny bone anywhere in ya, don’t worry, there will be plenty of other opportunities, just keep checking back with us.

Blizzard has a long running WoW comic tradition and the official gallery is home to more than 260 comic sketches, some being of amazing artistic quality, while others are recognized for their comedic value. The official StarCraft 2 comic contest winners page currently holds just 6 sketches, with the following being our personal favorite:

Starcraft2 Comic Teaser

Creating a comic is very time consuming, especially if the characters are not recurring and the graphics are unique to the sketch. Perhaps the following sketch, the winner of the official September 2008 competition, will give hope to the graphically challenged:

Click to see the full version

You can submit your entries here, and the official rules (lawyerspeak) are here.

In confirmed and official news, the ESL event, held in Paris, France, will give its visitors a chance to play StarCraft 2 on multiple high-end (Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme and Intel® Core™ 2 Quad) laptops, availible at the publically open eSports arena.

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23 Comments to “Blizzard’s Beta Key Comic Contest, Hoaxes and Rumors”

  1. SikTh — February 4, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    Why not just run an open beta, like they have for Dawn of War 2? I suppose DoW has a much smaller player base so they need all the people who are willing to play while Blizz can just handpick who they want, but… well, why not let everyone who wants to be a part of the beta play?

    It’s not like B.Net will overload (and if they do, it’s better to fix them for the beta than for the release!).

  2. PeterLo — February 4, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    “this isn’t really a comic.” :)

  3. Oliver — February 4, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    So where’s the torrent?

  4. SCV_Operator — February 5, 2009 @ 2:30 am

    Thought the whole beta thing was too cute to be true. Shame, I’m really looking forward to playing this game, and if its not even at beta yet then we still have no real idea when the commercial version is going to arrive.

  5. Antdude — February 5, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    I’m thinking maybe what’s holding up the beta is getting the new battle.net ready to launch. It sounds like the MP is more or less finished, except for tweaking or bugs/exploits players find(they always do).

    But B.Net is the foundation that has to support all this new gaming goodness, not just with SC2 but eventually Diablo 3, as well. As much as we’re looking forward to a beta, I’m pretty sure Blizzard wants the new infrastructure to be as rock-solid as possible as well. No one wants a botched launch due to the servers buckling under the load. We’ve seen what can happen with a bad MMO launch, and Blizzard learned a good lesson trying to keep up with the demand for WoW servers, and wants to make sure Starcraft 2 and B.Net are smooth as silk.

  6. SCV_Operator — February 6, 2009 @ 3:08 am

    Antdude – good point.

    The changes we’re seeing in terms of gameplay all seem to be tweaks – increasing a units damage, adding in more macro – and it would seem to me (perhaps naively) that these are issues that could be tested in beta.

    There have been no additional units or buildings, and no major changes to gameplay in a long time (at least, not that have been announced) so it seems the core structure is in place now for a beta release. Perhaps it is the behind the scenes networking issues which remain to be addressed.

  7. Lonia — February 7, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    This is redundant statement but if B.net do overloads and crashes the server, then there’s no way to find any more critical bugs or balancing issues. I just think that they are doing internal alpha as well as working on B.net. It’s my only explanation to this serenity

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