Minecraft Earth was announced a little bit earlier this year and since then Microsoft has showcased parts of the gameplay as well as talked about some of the game's features. Longtime Minecraft fans and those interested in building their world through the use of their smartphones have no doubt wondered when they would be able to try the game out for themselves, and while there's no hard date, it'll certainly be soon as signups for the closed beta are now live.
Right now, you can head over to the Minecraft Earth website and plug in your information to be a part of the closed beta. Signing up however does not guarantee you a beta spot, it merely gives you a chance to be one of the first people to get their hands on an early copy of the game.
The closed beta will be compatible with both Android and iOS devices so it doesn't matter which of the two platforms you're on, you will however need to have a device that runs either Android 7 or later, or iOS 10. The good news is that that's most users on each of those platforms at this point so you shouldn't have any issues playing if you happen to be selected.
Since this is a closed beta the selections are probably going to be random but it's also possible that beta keys could be given out to users who are interested on a first-come, first-serve basis, and if that's the case then you'll want to sign up as soon as possible for the best possible chance of being chosen to participate.
Since this is a closed beta, it's also important to note that you may be asked to participate in giving feedback about the game in the state that it's in for the beta which means you'll have to test the game out to a reasonable extent and share your thoughts on it with Microsoft and the Mojang team, though it's not likely to be a requirement.
If you do choose to signup it doesn't only offer you a chance to be a part of the closed beta. While there's no guarantee you'll be chosen to play the game early before it's release, what is guaranteed is that you'll be given a free skin to use in Minecraft Earth as well as in Minecraft Bedrock, and presumably you'll be able to use the skin in the beta if you're selected for it.
Microsoft announced back in the beginning of June that there would be a beta coming during the Summer and it seems that it's not too far off now, and anyone that signs up to take part is certainly going to be among the first to know when that beta begins, which according to Microsoft is going to be sometime in the next two weeks for iOS users while Android users will be soon after that.
While Minecraft Earth is going to be a free-to-play game which means you won't have to put down any money to download it, it will require that you have an Xbox Live account. However, creating one of those is free too if you don't already have one set up.