It sounds like an extremely controlled beta as well. You provide all the details, and then if you're deemed "fit for a test group", you're invited to Beta.
Of course, "fit for a test group" means that you have an uncluttered 20Mbps connection and live 100 miles away from one of their centers, so they can later provide the results from their beta tests and say, "See? Everyone played with 20ms latency and no slowdowns!" without ever revealing that all their beta testers had 100% optimal conditions.
In other words, despite all their assurances to the contrary, they very likely can't actually deliver any of their promises as soon as you live more than an xx amount of miles away.
This comment was edited on Sep 3, 2009, 00:05.