During the closed beta they had to manually add people in, this is something I know. Realistically they probably initially manually added a small number of users for a minimal stress test before increasing the server load and allowing more people to connect.
This method makes sense as it allows specific accounts to be monitored for individual cases and studies while other data can be monitored from a broad scale.
Not confirming that they actually did this, but from a trouble shooting perspective this makes the most sense to me. I don't get why people are upset to begin with, but this seems like the most reasonable approach to monitoring this situation as numbers increase while still dealing with major issues.
Or maybe I should get my pitchfork and get mad about something
I mean people getting mad about a possibility of a whitelist without understanding why that could be beneficial for testing purposes
There's got to be some regional stuff going on. I haven't been able to try the game once in 3 days, yet the same people here are entering and re-entering the game again and again, this can't be just dumb luck, there's got to be something with regions, routing, IPs, something.