Linden Research seek Beta testers

Daniel Voyager is once again on the ball, noting on Plurk that Linden Lab has put out a call for potential beta testers.

The opportunity is presented on the Lab’s official website home page:

Call for Beta volunteers

Clicking on the link will open a form requesting various information from you.

The form (click to enlarge)

Some have taken this to be about Second Life, and have questioned the need for LL to ask for information “they already have”. However, it should be clear from the form itself that the call is not specifically about Second Life, but rather about Linden Lab’s upcoming new products.

There is no guarantee that those submitting details will be accepted for any Beta trials of products, and there will clearly be more involved in the process than simply filling-out a form (NDAs almost certainly will be involved).

Even so, it’s an interesting step for the Lab to take, and suggests that at least one of their new products is reaching a point where it is ready to be seen by something of a larger audience. If this is the case, then it would suggest that Rod Humble will be a step closer to his goal of talking more openly about the products – something he was finding hard not to do in a recent interview with Games Industry, which I reported on earlier this month.

With thanks to Daniel Voyager

3 thoughts on “Linden Research seek Beta testers

    1. All companies in the world ask for “unpaid work” for beta-testing new products. Why should LL be different?

      No, wait. Apple is different. To beta-test Mountain Lion, the upcoming operating system from Apple, you have first to pay them to become an “official developer”!

      And I understand that most games actually pay for their beta-testing at some stage, because they need to grab “professional gamers”, place them 6 months in a retreat, and have them test the game 16 hours per day or so… but that kind of intense testing is unusual in the whole software industry (although pretty much understandable, due to the extraordinary requirements of some high-end games).

      So beta-testing for free is actually not so bad 🙂


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