Starcraft 2 Beta Goes Live Page: 1

Check your e-mails folks, the long-awaited time has come!  Blizzard has sent out the first wave of invitations for the Starcraft 2 public beta.  A few thousand lucky gamers have gotten the chance to get a first hand-on look at the highly anticipated sequel in the Starcraft universe.

"Gathering concentrated feedback from our players is an important step for us as we head into the final stretch of development for StarCraft II and the new service," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We look forward to having our players' help in polishing the overall experience and preparing for launch."

Didn't get an invite?  Never fear, you may get one later.  As they have done in the past, Blizzard is conducting beta testing in phases, sending out waves of invites at intervals.

In addition to this, Blizzard has decided not not include an NDA with the invites.  Thus, several websites dedicated to the game have already put up live feeds to give others a chance to see what's changed.

Starcraft Method - Husky
Starcraft Method - Lumi
Team Liquid - Chill
Team Liquid - Psyonic Reaver 

Discussion about the beta, including bug reports, patch notes, and technical issues can be found at the official Starcraft 2 beta forums here.  The initial game, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, is expected to hit stores in the first half of this year.