As the launch date draws closer, your chances at getting a beta key for ESO are getting better. To better improve your luck, here’s how to get an Elder Scrolls Online beta key through official means.
Sign up here. This sign up form will ask you some questions about your computer’s specs, including operating system and graphics card. You’ll also be asked about what type of MMO games you have played in the past.
If you’ve already signed up, there are a few things you can do better your chances at getting a key. Zenimax announced in late February 2014 that they are holding a huge beta event where people who are already a part of the game testing can give out a key to a friend. Many people are giving these away on sites like Reddit, facebook, and various ESO forums, so start scouring these places for a chance to snag a key off a kind stranger.
Buying a Beta Key
Many people are also selling their keys on eBay. While you shouldn’t fork out a bunch of money for a weekend of playing a game that’s not even finished, most of these keys are going for a couple bucks, which can be worth it to save yourself the time and effort it takes to find someone giving a code away.
How to Get In
When you finally get your code, simply wait for the start time of the next event (pay attention to the announced time zone), and be sure you have the game client installed. It’s a big install, so give yourself a few hours to get everything launched.
Zenimax also recently lifted the nondisclosure agreement, so you can freely take screenshots of your game and share them around the Web.
Things to keep in mind
- Many computers may not be able to handle ESO’s graphics
- Beta events are for PC only at the moment, with console events coming at a later date