This might be the first time this has been done for a Sims game, but EA is sending out email invites out to select Simmers for a week long closed beta test of Showtime. Oh how I wish I would be lucky enough to be selected. I did get to be in the Darkspore closed beta a year or so ago, was fun. Of course those selected will have to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement/Embargo.
The Sims ™ 3 Showtime Team would like to Personally invite you to Participate in an exciting closed beta test for our electrifying new expansion pack! You have selected to Participate leg bone Because You have properly identified as a core member of The Sims 3 community. Thanks for being a super fan!
Source: Sims Nieuws