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Account Management, Database, Forum, Info, News
Blizzard Battle.net (formerly just Battle.net) is Blizzard Entertainment's centralized account system for all their online games including World of Warcraft. For the time being the old site is still online for usage at classic.battle.net or eu.blizzard.com/battlenet/en/ (language selector at top-right).
The Battle.net gaming service was launched in December of 1996.
On January 7th, 2014, Blizzard updated the parental controls to a new default setting that will prevent in-game purchases for accounts that have Parental Controls turned on. This change is to ensure that Parental Controls users will have more control over real-money purchases in Blizzard games.
- Main article: Blizzard Balance
Starting with the Diablo III beta test, a new feature called Blizzard Balance is available to store virtual currency purchased with real money to buy game-related services (character transfers, digital products like companions, and items in Diablo III's real-money auction house).
- A new version of battle.net launched on March 19, 2009. A preview page was opened in February 2010.
- The project director of the new battle.net is Greg Canessa.
- The new battle.net is expected to support all new Blizzard games.
Transitioning to Blizzard
On September 21st, 2016, Blizzard announced their transition away from the Battle.net brand to the Blizzard brand to reduce most confusion between the two brands.
On March 23, 2017, Battle.net received a new makeover as a start for the transitioning away from the Battle.net brand. The domain remained the same but Battle.net products such as Battle.net Shop and the Battle.net desktop app were renamed from Battle.net to the Blizzard name format.
On August 14, 2017, Blizzard announced that after listening to feedback from their players they had decided to retain the Battle.net brand and incorporate it into their logo as "Blizzard Battle.net."
The following Blizzard games are currently supported on Battle.net:
- StarCraft series: StarCraft: Remastered (StarCraft • StarCraft: Brood War) • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm • StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
- Warcraft series: Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne • World of Warcraft • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria • Hearthstone • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor • World of Warcraft: Legion
- Diablo series: Diablo • Diablo II • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction • Diablo III • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
- Other series: Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch
The following older Blizzard games do not support Battle.net:
- Warcraft series: Warcraft: Orcs & Humans • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness • Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
World of Warcraft
Account merge available
Beginning in spring 2009, World of Warcraft players could merge their original WoW accounts with their Battle.net account. The procedure is as follows—note that it cannot be reversed:
These steps may have changed.
- Create a Battle.net account
- Click the "Merge World of Warcraft account"
- Enter your World of Warcraft details
- Click the confirm button
- You now use your Battle.net account information when logging in to World of Warcraft.
On October 12, 2009, it was announced that WoW accounts would need to be converted into Battle.net accounts within 30 days. This was mandatory, as a Battle.net account would be required to log into the game after November 11, and anyone who wants to start a new WoW account has to make a Battle.net account first. Players who converted their account would be mailed in-game a new penguin companion, in thanks for converting. The first items were mailed to players three days later, on October 15, 2009.
Once your WoW account had been converted, the current expansion that you played at the time would show up as a 'merged game' in your Battle.net account. If your WoW account had an authenticator attached to it, it was also be transferred over.
New Community Sites
Near Legion's launch, the community sites were moved back to their previous domains (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com and http://www.wow-europe.com) from Battle.net which was most likely due to their transitioning decision from the Battle.net brand.
Starcraft II beta opt-in
Your Battle.net account is directly linked to your Blizzard Store account and purchases should show up on your Battle.net account.
Free Game Time
Since patch 5.4.0 was released, there is now a 7 day free game time available for a limited time only.
- ^ http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/
- ^ Vrakthris 2014-01-03. Battle.net Parental Control Changes. Retrieved on 2013-03-05.
- ^ Slorkuz 2009-03-20. Introducing the New Battle.net Account. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
- ^ https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/20297652/battle-net-update
- ^ Blizzard Battle.net Update
- ^ | 2009-10-12 19:01 by Bornakk
- ^ The new Battle.net: FAQ. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved on 2017-07-25. “Starting on October 15, once you’ve successfully merged a World of Warcraft account with a Battle.net account, the penguin pet will be sent via in-game mail to all existing characters on the merged World of Warcraft account, [...]”
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-12-04. The New World of Warcraft Community Site. Retrieved on 2014-03-05.
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-12-06. The New World of Warcraft Community Site. Retrieved on 2014-03-05.
- ^ Battle.net#Transitioning to Blizzard