Blizzard Entertainment has initiated the third wave of StarCraft II Beta Invitations to all gamers who signed up to the beta opt-in via the Account Management website.

This third wave will increase the amount of players online to stress test the servers, and the Matchmaking System.

Over 15,000 gamers attended BlizzCon 2008 and acquired a BlizzCon card with two key codes: the Polar Bear Mount with a baby murloc holding the BlizzCon flag; and a Beta key.

Some gamers redeemed this beta key for the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King beta, but many others did not use it.

Blizzard acknowledged a few weeks ago, this key code could be redeemed to play StarCraft II Beta. Still, not all of those BlizzCon attendees got into beta.  This third wave might enable some of those remaining to install and play beta.

The second wave of beta key invitations was sent barely ten days ago in February 23, 2010.  At this rate, there might be at least two more waves this month alone.

A Starcraft II developer recently revealed StarCraft II Beta will last at least three months. That will certainly place the release date of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty somewhere between June or July.

Knowing Blizzard Entertainment, and considering the Starcraft II team is in large part the same that developed Warcraft III, they might be shooting for a July 1-3, 2010 release date.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos shipped in July 3, 2002.  Its expansion Warcraft III: Frozen Throne hit stores in July 1, 2003..Blizzard has a fetish with anniversary dates that are meaningful to them. For example, everyone who saw the signs that Diablo III would be officially announced noticed the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals ended in June 29, 2008 in Paris, France. That rang many bells and whistles to those with good memory.Diablo II: Lord of Destruction was released in Europe in June 29, 2001, marking the announcement of Diablo III in Paris the 7th anniversary.There might be a relation between the anniversary of Warcraft III and its sequel with the release date of their next RTS game release since 2003.

Those gamers receiving Starcraft II beta invite emails, make sure to exercise caution when opening emails.  Fake emails are sent when a beta test starts to lure gamers to websites which look identical to the Account page.

This maneuver is done to steal username and password details.

Simply type the or URL manually, and copy the beta key.

For a guide to learn how to opt-in to Starcraft II beta and future games, or how to enable your beta key invitation visit our StarCraft: IncGamers fansite.

Paul Younger
Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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