You can run the new System Check by visiting the Beta Profile settings of your Battle.net account:
I don’t have a Beta Profile
If you haven’t yet created a Beta Profile on your Battle.net account you’ll be presented with two download options, PC and Mac, for our System Check program. Running the program will present you with the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement, and once you agree to that it will immediately query basic computer specification information such as your type of video card, processor, and RAM. Clicking the Send button will then upload the shown information to your account.
On your Beta Profile page, you’ll want to ensure you at least have “Diablo Universe” checked for future testing, if not StarCraft and Warcraft as well. That’s it! You’re now eligible for future beta test opportunities.
I have a Beta Profile
If you’ve previously uploaded your system info you should use the links to download the new System Check program for PC or Mac and update your system info. Run the program, read through the Beta Test Opt-In Agreement that appears, and once you agree to that the program will immediately query your basic computer specification information. Click Send and the program will automatically update your profile with your system specifications. You’ll remain opted in for whichever beta tests you’ve previously selected, and you can change these selections on your Beta Profile page at any time.
Having current system specifications and checking the franchise boxes to express interest in beta testing our future products does not guarantee your entry into the beta test. We will grant a very limited number of people entry from the entire pool of those interested, based on their system specifications and other factors. While having an official Battle.net Beta Profile is one way to potentially get in, we’ll have information on other ways to increase your chances as we draw closer to the beta test.
You’re going to see a lot of different faces at the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational on August 6-7, whether you’re at the event in Warsaw or watching the free live HD stream. You’ll also hear a lot of different voices, as we have a large selection of skilled shoutcasters and commentators bringing you all the action. But just who are the people behind these voices?
Just by looking at the list of players and teams taking part, we already know how awesome the Invitational is going to be. To make sure that’s the case we’ve gathered some of the best presenters out there to guide you and to offer their insights throughout the whole event.
Let’s discover the people behind the voices that will accompany you during this thrilling journey to fame and glory. On the free live HD stream:
- Ben ‘MrBitter’ Nichol will be our guide through the battles in the Koprulu sector. Ben was born in the United States and became famous with his show called ‘12 Weeks with the Pros’ and its sequel, ‘The Next 12 Weeks’. He also shoutcasted some epic matches during his NASL commentary and he’s now one of the most likable stars in the eSports community.
- Kevin ‘RotterdaM’ van der Kooi will be our second StarCraft II shoutcaster. Kevin is a Dutch professional gamer who has played in several Warcraft III and StarCraft II tournaments. He’s also ESL’s main commentator for StarCraft II and you can have a look at one of his productions here: ‘RotterdaM University’.
- Joe ‘Joe’ Miller will be your main host: this Englishman doesn’t really need an introduction, but since he’s so awesome, we’re going to give him one anyway. Joe was one of the world’s first commentators and he shoutcasted many tournaments during his career, including DreamHack, World Series of Video Games and the Intel Extreme Masters.
- Salome Soe ‘Soetchi’ Gschwind-Penski will be taking us right into the fray in World of Warcraft’s bloodied arenas. Born in Switzerland, but currently living in Germany, Soe is a member of the renowned German World of Warcraft Guild ‘For The Horde’. She’s also showed the eSports community her artistic skills with several speed drawings, which you can enjoy on her site.
If you’re one of those people who will follow the action live in the Multikino within the Zlote Tarasy commercial center in the heart of the Polish capital of Warsaw, you’ll be able to enjoy live commentary of the matches from skilled presenters.
- Jakub ‘Kumbol’ Misiura and Mateusz ‘Tajgeer’ Malek will commentate our World of Warcraft Arena matches. These two young, yet experienced, commentators have both been active members of the Polish eSports community since 2007 and they’re now cooperating with WoWCenter.pl.
- Michal ‘Carmac’ Blicharz and Marcin ‘itzMorglum’ Lelontko will be our war reporters from the battlefields of StarCraft II. Michal has been working closely with ESL since 2009 and he’s the product manager of one of the most successful European events: the Intel Extreme Masters. Marcin is a veteran professional commentator and you can have a taste of his shoutcasting skills by tuning into his dedicatedStarCraft II channel.
This incredibly skilled team of shoutcasters and commentators are bound to keep you entertained for the whole event, so be sure to follow the StarCraft II and World of Warcraft tournaments through our free live HD stream!
We’ve replaced the previously available StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty demo with the recently launched StarCraft II: Starter Edition. StarCraft II: Starter Edition allows anyone to play the following content for free (all you need is a Battle.net account and Internet connection):
- The first four missions of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single-player campaign, including Mar Sara 1-3 and the choice to embark on Tychus’s first mission or Dr. Hansen’s first mission.
- The first two Challenges: Tactical Command and Covert Ops.
- Access to the terran race in Custom Games and Single-Player vs. AI.
- Access to the following custom maps (map selection may rotate over time):
- Xel’Naga Caverns
- Shattered Temple
- Discord IV
- High Orbit
Any campaign progress and achievements you earn while playing StarCraft II: Starter Edition are automatically saved to your Battle.net account, and will carry over should you ever upgrade from the Starter Edition to the full version of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
If you’re thinking of getting into the game or know a friend who's been interested in joining you in the Koprulu Sector, it's easier than ever to give the ultimate real-time strategy experience a spin.
If you don’t yet have a Battle.net account, head to www.trystarcraft.com to get started. The site will talk you through the process of creating a Battle.net account and downloading the game client.
If you already have a Battle.net account, you can simply download the full game client and start playing as soon as it’s downloaded! A StarCraft II: Starter Edition license will automatically be added to your Battle.net account once you log into the game.
For more information and a full list of restrictions, please visit the StarCraft II: Starter Edition FAQ.
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket!
The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!
DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View event will receive the multi-channel Internet stream at no extra charge, and those who order the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s to-be-announced BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft and StarCraft II in-game items.
Don't miss out! To learn more about the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, head on over to our official BlizzCon 2011 Live Stream page.
Already excited for the grand European eSports event coming up in Warsaw? To fuel your anticipation we want to give you more information about what you’ll be seeing there. We’re delighted to announce the official map pool for the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational.
These are the maps on which the pro-gamers will carry out thrilling battles for honor, prize money, and spots at the 2011 Global Battle.net Invitational at this year’s BlizzCon.
Tal’darim Altar LE
The Shattered Temple
Find all information about the 2011 European Battle.net Invitational, along with the free HD livestream covering the entire show, on the dedicated event website.