How Can You Become a Pokemon GO Beta Tester?
Are you itching to get your hands on Pokemon GO? If you are, you’re not alone as thousands or even millions of people around the world are wondering when they could get play this much-awaited augmented reality game.
Fortunately, if you live in the United States, you have the chance to become a beta tester for Pokemon GO and enjoy a hands-on experience with the game. The only thing you should do is to sign up for the beta testing phase at pokemongo.nianticlabs.com. But what you have to remember is this: signing up doesn’t give you the guarantee that you’ll be accepted as a beta tester. Niantic will still screen applications and choose beta testers based on the OS they use, their gaming experience, and other factors.
Make sure to create a Gmail account beforehand since you’ll need to use it as your e-mail address for the beta test. You’ll also need to indicate if you have an iOS or an Android device.
If you have played Ingress (an augmented reality game that Niantic Labs had developed), you can mention the level that you have reached in the game. Many people believe that being an Ingress player increases their chances of getting selected as a beta tester, although several people who have received their invites as beta testers confirm that they have not played Ingress.
The first wave of invitations for beta testers was released on May 25, while the second wave was released last week. There may be a third and fourth wave of invites, although this remains to be seen.
If you get selected as a beta tester, you’ll be sent a link where you can download the beta version of the app. You can then start playing the game and experiencing its features. As a field tester, it would be your job to observe the gameplay, take note of any bugs that are present, think of how the game can be further improved, and send your feedback to Niantic.
If you’re not in the U.S., or if you did not get accepted as a beta tester, there are ways through which you can learn about the Pokemon GO gameplay and get a sneak peek into the game. These include viewing videos that field testers have uploaded on YouTube and hanging out on Reddit and other sites where beta testers like to discuss the game.
The release date of Pokemon GO will reportedly be announced during E3, so stay tuned to know when you can get your hands on the final version of the game.