Blizzard offers free housecleaning so you can mainline Diablo 4 this weekend

The Butcher in Diablo 3
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The past weekend saw Diablo 4's first beta test which, while not without its issues, has been generally well-received. There's another round of demon-slaying scheduled for this weekend and, in an amusing idea for generating a bit of buzz, Blizzard's decided that what players really need with Diablo 4 is freedom from this mortal realm or, more specifically, someone to do all the housework while you goblin mode it in a darkened room.

The sweepstakes is running until midnight ET on March 23, with players asked to submit their dreaded to-do lists of household chores, and on 24 March 100 winners will be randomly selected and receive $200 credit for Thumbtack, a company that provides cleaning services. Oh, and no "bad taste" in the entries or Blizzard will send YOU to hell.

OK Blizzard, so my garden needs a bit of TLC, the kids' rooms are a true nightmare, I've made a start on the kitchen but that's all it is, and frankly it's about time I tackled that mountain of dirty washing. Oh, US citizens only? Dammit…

The promotion comes with a video showing someone having a fun old time on the game while a hooded figure cleans their windows and mows the lawn. I mean, this is actually a great idea and, if I were a rich man, I'd happily free up more gaming time by getting someone else to do the chores. Laziness? I prefer to think of it as efficiency.

Even if you don't have a hellbound helper scrubbing the sideboards, this weekend's open beta is likely to be a fun old time. Even PCG's own Andy Chalk, as dedicated and grizzled a Diablo warrior as you'll get, went in with low expectations and found himself loving it. There's a sense that, after the slightly underwhelming Overwatch 2, this may well be Blizzard back to a more classic vein of form. That's no excuse for neglecting the chores, of course, but then who really ever needs one?

Rich Stanton

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."