Beta Keys

Catch the wyrm with Dragon's Prophet's PC Gamer Beta Weekend

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We're giving you an exclusive chance to spend a weekend in the closed beta of Dragon's Prophet - Infernum Productions' free-to-play MMO in which everything's a dragon. See a woolly mammoth? It's really a dragon. An angry looking fish? That's an underwater dragon. Another player? They're not a dragon, but there's a good chance they've got one with them.

1000 Beta keys for Heroes & Generals - sign up here, son

Andy Hartup at

Nazis just aren’t cool anymore. Back in 2006, you were never more than three feet from a World War 2 game at any given time. Now it’s all UMPs, UAVs, and shadowy extremeist-terrorist-radicalist-mega-corporations. Modern warfare has become so ubiquitous that it’s refreshing to see free-to-play hybrid shooter Heroes & Generals reclaiming and reinventing the old Axis vs Allies grudge.

1000 Beta keys to give away for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Want one?

Andy Hartup at

Heart of the Swarm is the second expansion for Starcraft II, and it’s due for release on 12 March. Now, you could just say ‘Hey, ok, I can wait until then. I’ve eaten my fill of delicious Starcraft for now’. Or you could man up and grab one of the 1000 Beta keys that your old friends at PC Gamer have secured on your behalf.

1000 Smite beta keys up for grabs - plus win ALL the gods

Andy Hartup at

With the Mayan apocalypse imminent, we imagine you’re looking to your god to save you. Well, in a link so tenuous even Kevin Bacon would have trouble joining the dots, we’re giving away 1,000 codes for the closed Beta of Smite, an arena battler where you choose from a selection of gods as your champion.

Blacklight: Retribution beta key giveaway with PC Gamer weapon tag (US ONLY)

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We don't know about you, but we're getting a little tired of constantly having to "stay frosty" and yell "frag out." If you've had your fun with the MW3s and BF3s, why not try something even more moderner and without a $60 entry fee? Thanks to Zombie Studios and Perfect World Entertainment, an answer has arrived...

Counter-Strike Global Offensive closed beta set to GO on November 30

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Details are slowly emerging on Counter-Strike Global Offensive’s closed beta, which is due to start on 30 November. You'll need a key to join in, and it will initially consist of two maps: the ever-popular Dust, and, er, Dust2. “Can't wait to see people getting to play the changes in Dust,” said csgo_dev’s Twitter feed.

It’s very much a closed beta, though. To be in with a chance of playing you’ll need to have grabbed a key from PAX Prime or the Eurogamer Expo. There are likely to be beta key giveaways on certain popular gaming sites in the near future, too.

Don’t panic if you haven’t got a key. This initial closed beta is merely to nip any problems in the bud, and the testing period “will start small and grow until eventually everyone is in,” according to the Twitter feed. The Counter-Strike Global Offensive team are very open to feedback, too. “Everything. Everything is open to change in the beta,” they said.

Battlefield 3 beta goes live! What you need to know

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You can almost hear the CPUs creaking with delight. Battlefield 3 beta keys are getting sent out today! That means there's a chance you'll be playing Battlefield 3 this afternoon. Here's what you need to do to get involved.

8 Realms beta key correction

Tom Hatfield at

Issue 228 of PC Gamer should soon arrive in shops, and you might notice that there's an advert for the 8 Realms betaon the back cover. What you might not notice is that there's been a slight mistake, the ad should include a beta Key to offer PC Gamer readers access to the closed beta. Whoops.

To join the beta simply go to the 8 Realms website using the code: ATTILATHEHUN.

Giveaway: Beat up baddies with a Rusty Hearts beta key

Lucas Sullivan at

Final Fight. Streets of Rage. Turtles in Time. These are games that many of us hold dear to our hearts, filling us with fond memories of roughing up thugs, beating on bosses with our buddies, and picking up loot that just happened to be stashed in random barrels. Perfect World knows the appeal of a good old beat-'em-up, and the addictive combo you get when you mix RPG elements with arcade-style combat. If you like fighting-game MMOs, like Dungeon Fighter Online, you'll love Perfect World's upcoming action MMO, Rusty Hearts. Want to play it before everyone else? Read on to see how you can win a closed beta key!

Get free access to the 8 Realms closed beta now

Tom Senior at

Over the course of the next week, we're offering free access to the closed beta of Jagex' new empire building game, 8 Realms. All you have to do to play is create a Jagex account, and enter the beta code below. Voila! Your're away, building your small settlement into a vast empire that will grind your opponents into dust. Or trade with them. Whatever floats your boat.

Darkspore beta key giveaway!

Lucas Sullivan at

What would it look like if Diablo was rocketed into space and populated by aliens? We want to give you a chance to find out with a key for Darkspore's closed beta! The codes give you access to every beta event, the first of which starts tomorrow!

UPDATE: We've selected all of the winners and will be sending out the beta codes this afternoon! We'll be giving away thousands of more codes over the course of the beta period, so if you didn't get one this time, stay tuned!

DC Universe Online beta key giveaway

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Are the two weeks between now and January 11th just too long of a time to wait to get your superhero action on? Jump into the DCUO beta right now as a hero prancing about Metropolis or a villain scheming in the dark recesses of Gotham's Ace Chemical plant! Details inside.

Thighboned in Vindictus [Giveaway]

Michael Quach at

See this piece of ham? It’s about to be lodged down the throat of a dirty Kobold that's squirming around on the ground in front of me. I could just use my sword or a spear but the sight of a giant thighbone smacking a Kobold is just so much more satisfying than pinning it up against a wall or slashing it apart. This is just one reason why I'm having fun playing in the beta of the free-to-play MMO, Vindictus.

Giveaway: Tell us in the comments what food, decorations, or random debris in a dungeon that you want to kill kobolds with and why. 50 winners will receive open beta keys for Vindictus. Winners will be selected tomorrow (September 30). Only residents in North America (see 'Contest rules' below) are eligible for this contest.