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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Apr 25, 2012

Diablo III Beta Servers See Hundreds Of Thousands Concurrently

When Blizzard opened up the Diablo III beta to everybody this past weekend, it appeared that everybody and their grandmother came in to defeat the Skeleton King. According to Blizzard Community Manager Micah Whipple, aka Bashiok, it’s estimated that 300 thousand people were playing the beta at the same time. As far as total users are concerned, even Bashiok doesn’t know, only saying “I don’t know… a lot.”

If Blizzard was worried about not having enough people to stress test their hardware, then those fears were unfounded I would say! Starting as early as Friday, many people were getting log in and Error 37 server full errors. That’s almost to be expected for an open beta for a game as highly anticipated as Diablo III, and you can expect that Blizzard is analyzing the data to figure out how to avoid those problems as much as possible at launch.

If you were looking to keep the character you made in the beta, I have some bad news for you. Once May 1st hits, the beta will be closed and all characters will be deleted. That’s a small price to pay, however, for playing the first part of what will undoubtedly be one of the top games of the year. I don’t know about you, but after playing just those few hours this weekend, I know that May 15th can’t come fast enough!

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