We've taken a lot of feedback on board, and we're now going to be working on some improvements based upon that. In order to do so, we will be closing the beta for the time being, from this Thursday 23 March, at 3pm GMT. After these improvements have taken place, we will return with an open beta
which means that everyone will be able to play regardless of whether they are invited or not. This should make it much easier for anyone to enjoy a game.
We don't yet have a timescale for the start of the open beta, but as soon as we do, I'll let you know.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part and provided feedback so far, it is greatly appreciated!
As we draw towards the end of 2016, we’re pleased to announce something that we’ve been working on for 8 Ball Pool on web. The 8 Ball Pool web client, which currently requires Flash to run, has been rewritten to run without the need of a plugin. This means that the differences between the web and mobile versions of the game have been removed, with mobile features like Surprise Boxes, All In and more being available on on this version. It also means that it will be much easier to keep the two versions the same in the future.
This is a huge overhaul of the game on web, and, before we can make it playable for everyone, we are planning to run a closed beta of the new version to test it out and gather feedback from our players. We would love for you to participate.
All we’ll need is your account ID and a valid email address. Please head here and fill in the short form
if you’d like to join and be among the first to check out this new version of 8 Ball Pool.
We strongly recommend that you read our FAQs too, and please ask below if you have any further questions.
What has changed in this new version of 8 Ball Pool?
8 Ball Pool web client, which currently requires Flash to run, has been completely rewritten to run without the need of a plugin. This also means that the differences between the web and mobile versions of the game have been removed, and it will be much easier in the future to keep the two versions the same.
However, in terms of the actual gameplay of 8 Ball Pool, nothing has changed. The game still has the same physics and rules, and all your skills built up over the years will still (hopefully) bring you victory!
How do I join the beta?
This will be a closed beta, which means you have to apply to take part. We’ll just need your user ID and a valid email address in order to give you access. Click here to view the application form
, fill it in, and wait for our reply!
So I play with my existing account?
Yes. The user ID you give us when you apply for the beta is the one you will use when you play. The beta will pull information from our database, so you’ll be playing with your account’s existing cues, items, stats and coins. As this is a beta, glitches can occur (and we would love for you to report them here on this thread if they do), so you may wish to create a new account just for the beta.
Does that mean that I’ll only be playing against people who are also using the beta build?
Yes. As long as you’re using the beta version of 8 Ball Pool, you will only be matched up against other players who are using the same version. You will not play against players who are using the current live Flash version.
You said that this will bring the mobile and web versions of 8 Ball Pool closer together. Does that mean I’ll be able to play against mobile players from my PC?
No, web players will still be matched against web players, and mobile players against mobile players.
What are the system requirements?
This new version of 8 Ball Pool should run on any PC that could run the previous version. As always, we recommend that you ensure that whichever browser you are using is updated to the latest version.
I’ve signed up - when will the beta start?
The beta will likely start towards the end of December / start of January. We will email you on the address you provide as soon as we’re ready to go!
How long will the beta test run?
Around two weeks, although we may end it early or extend it if necessary.
What do I do once I’m in the beta?
Play the game and have fun! We would also greatly appreciate your feedback on what you like and dislike about the new version, along with reports on any bugs you find. All testers will be supplied with a survey to fill out and return to us via email. Please take the time to complete and return this survey once the beta test has ended.
Can I make videos or livestreams of the beta?
You certainly can, and we would love it if you did so. We kindly ask that you please identify any videos as being from the beta, in case anything changes between beta and release.