How to get your friends into the Gears of War 3 beta

Have you played in the Gears of War 3 beta yet? Even a single, solitary game? If so – bam! – you just earned another access code to share, sell or selfishly hoard all to yourself. For the final week of the multiplayer, starting on May 8 and ending on May 15, Epic and Microsoft are enabling players already in the beta to invite one more person into the fray.

With a little extra work, however – or a little extra money – you can invite up to FIVE friends and family members. Here’s how:

• Play at least 20 hours in the Gears of War 3 beta before this Wednesday, May 4, and you’ll earn a code. Time already spent previous to this announcement will count.
• Play at least 100 hours of the Gears of War franchise before Wednesday and you’ll earn another code. These 100 hours can be spread across multiple titles – Gears of War 1, Gears of War 2, DLC packs, single player, multiplayer – and, again, previous time logged will count.
• Purchase any Gears of War content over Xbox Live, such as add-ons or Avatar items, and you’ll receive yet another code.
• Purchase a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live, or add 12 months to your current subscription, and – yes – you’ll get a code.

Again, these tasks must be completed before Wednesday to count. The extra codes will be emailed on Sunday, May 8, leaving a last week to play before the beta comes to a close on Sunday, May 15.

What do you think? Is access to the Gears 3 multiplayer beta worth this kind of time and cash? Are the folks at Microsoft and Epic being generous… or greedy? Does the fact that GamesRadar’s planning a reader match for later this week sway you in any way? Tell us in the comments.

May 2, 2011




  • MercurialForce - May 3, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Does this include free stuff? For example, if I downloaded the free Gears 1 maps, will I get a code?
  • robertchen - May 3, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    If anyone still needs a Gears Of War 3 beta key, I found some being handed out on a blog. I don't know if any of the keys are left, but you can try here:
  • kor2disturbed - May 3, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    Oh My God. I've already done everything here yay. 1200 MS points a piece. Just kidding.
  • el_kazzanova - May 3, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    what about if u downloaded DLCs for gears 2, does that count?
  • mbabbit49 - May 2, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    reader match? im so in. FRMadDog49
  • ZDrummer731 - May 2, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    What about the 12 month subscription? I've bought plenty of them. Last one I bought was maybe October or November. Will that still count for a free code?
  • yasmarc - May 2, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    I just used a 12-month Gold card around April 14th. Any idea if that works or does it have to be in the last week?
  • Defguru7777 - May 2, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    Well, if the buying of the Xbox LIVE Gold account and buying Gears content activate retroactively, I should have five free codes to give to my friends. I assume these will be sent to the e-mail linked to our LIVE account?
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - May 2, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    @g4m3rk1dd I've sent your question to Microsoft and will let you know when I receive a response.
  • g4m3rk1dd - May 2, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    ive already bought gears stuff from live would that count? D: ive got it all already :(

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