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Blizzard Entertainment and Facebook Team up to Connect Friends and Empower Streamers
2016/06/06 at 9:55 AM
Blizzard has issued a press statement that Blizzard and Facebook are teaming up. This partnership will include Facebook login for all Blizzard games, as well as incorporating Facebook's Live API for streaming functionality. While these changes will affect WoW, the article strongly emphasizes Overwatch, Blizzard's newest game with over 7 million players. These features will be completely optional as well for players.\r
This partnership shouldn't be surprising, as Blizzard added in-game Twitter functionality in Patch 6.1. Will you be using Facebook to log in or stream?\r
Check out the full article for the press statement.
Free BattleTag Updates for All Accounts
2016/05/19 at 10:37 PM
As we prepare for the launch of Overwatch next week, we have refreshed the free BattleTag update for all Battle.net accounts! We often see feedback with requests to update your BattleTag, and as we move into a new universe filled with soldiers, scientists, adventurers and oddities it\u2019s important that you have a nickname that represents you!\r
Like your current moniker? No problem! You will continue to keep and use your existing BattleTag without needing to take any action. Want to change it up? Visit your Account Management Dashboard, and click the Change link under your Account Details to the right of your existing BattleTag! Players on your Battle.net Friends List, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch will see the update soon after the change.\r
In addition to the above update, requests for an option to update BattleTags more frequently is something we hear often from players. We\u2019re exploring the possibilities, and will be sure to let you know of any updates! Keep an eye on our game sites and forums for announcements.\r
It won\u2019t be long before the agents of Overwatch are recalled to active duty, and we hope that this update helps you get ready!
Battle.net Alpha: Introducing Blizzard Voice Chat
2016/03/17 at 4:07 PM
In addition to the Legion build scheduled for today, players have been getting invites to the Battle.net voice chat alpha. Below are pictures of the patch notes and voice chat controls from MysticalOS. If you would like to learn more about the features in the Battle.net Alpha, check out MVP MissCheetah's FAQ on the official forums.\r
Battle.net Access Blocked in Crimea, Shadowmourne Cosplay, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner
2015/04/08 at 5:37 PM
Kamui Cosplay, Grand Prize winner of the BlizzCon 2013 Costume Contest and honored in-game with
Kamui's Crystalline Staff of Wizardry
, has completed a real-life version of
! Check out the image below, or click on her Instagram link to see a video of it in action--it includes glowing effects, just like the in-game weapon.\r
Learn more about Kamui's cosplay projects on her Facebook--she even writes tutorials on how to craft your own armor and weapons!
10th Anniversary Gift - Orc Statue Photographs, Eligibility Criteria
2015/01/16 at 9:31 AM
Users who have subbed to WoW for 10 years are starting to receive Blizzard's 10th Anniversary gift! It's a statue of an Orc, just like the one in Blizzard's courtyard. We've updated this post with pictures taken by Wowhead staff, the eligibility criteria from Battle.net support, and a community post confirming EU players have received notification emails.
Dolby from WoWInterface received a statue today, check out the pictures below. The statue first came to our attention via several Twitter users who noticed a forum post Smitti graciously made with pictures of his gift. Grats to all who received the statue!
Be sure to check out other recent coverage including January 15th Hotfixes and Veteran Account Clarifications.
Battle.net Queue and Connection Issues for January 2nd
2015/01/02 at 3:41 PM
Edit 6:25 EST: Battle.net service appears to be restored.
If you have off today and are trying to play Blizzard games, you may be running into some authentication issues. The Battle.net launcher displays this special message:
Account Security Warning: Mobile Armory and Battle.net Website
2013/06/25 at 1:38 AM
There\u2019s been a recent increase in unauthorized World of Warcraft account-logins via our website and the World of Warcraft mobile armory app.
We\u2019re in the process of notifying any account holders who were not using an authenticator and whose account showed signs of unauthorized access (e.g., logging in from an unusual IP address). If you are among this group, you will receive an email describing how to reset your account.
As a result of these activities, access to the World of Warcraft auction house via the mobile app has been taken off-line temporarily. Upon request, our customer support team will restore in-game items and gold for any accounts impacted.
While no means of account security is guaranteed, every precaution you take to secure your computer and your account\u2014including changing your password periodically\u2014adds another defensive barrier. We strongly encourage everyone to take a few moments to read through the security tips available on our support website and follow the suggestions posted there.
All Character Services 50% Off This Week, New Battle.net Desktop Client
2013/06/04 at 4:29 PM
It looks like a new Battle.net desktop client, similar to Steam, may be on its way--a huge improvement over the Launcher. When recently going through Hearthstone data, we found some details on this desktop client:
All Blizzard games are integrated--no more separate launchers for each game.
There are tabs to view information on all Blizzard games, patch notes, and promotions, as well as news and blogs written by Blizzard CMs.
Many Settings options for all games, including game installation, security options, game updates, battle.net app specifics, and network details.
None of the screenshot shown are finalized--this appears to just be an early teaser, although the beta logo at the top left would seem to indicate that we'll hear more about this soon.
Games and News
Patch 5.3 Will Introduce an In-Game Browser
2013/04/09 at 5:12 PM
We saw some LUA strings today that indicated an in-game browser was coming our way and sure enough it was just announced! So far the browser seems to be focused on World of Warcraft support tickets and will allow players to search for answers to their in-game problems without having to leave the comfort of Azeroth!
It's currently up on the latest PTR build--you can clear cache, delete cookies, go to home\/next\/previous page, and refresh. There is no address bar currently.
We\u2019re adding a feature-limited web browser to World of Warcraft that will replace the in-game support system with a direct portal to the Battle.net Support site. Our aim is to give players in-game easy access to the site\u2019s robust knowledge base and support contact system.
We\u2019ve gone to great lengths to improve our website support systems and we want to offer access to all of its robust features in-game. The new browser will make it it easier to find information to help you resolve issues you\u2019re experiencing or contact our representatives if you need
10 and 25-man Lockouts No Longer Shared in 5.1 on KR Realms
2012/10/25 at 11:15 AM
So it's starting to look like 5.1 might have some surprises in store for raiders. The Korean World of Warcraft website had this update today stating that in 5.1, 10 and 25-man lockouts will no longer be shared for KR realms--a call back to the days of Wrath of the Lich King where the lockouts were separate and many considered 25-man raids to be vastly more beneficial than 10-man raids. Additionally, 10 and 25-man ilevels will be different giving raiders a further benefit for tackling 25-man raids.
Of course, it remains unseen if this will transition at any point to other realms. At this time, it doesn't appear to be the case.
However, if you look at World of Warcraft's recent PvE scene, it's been obvious that there's a decline in 25-mans that's both felt by the community and heard by the developers. There isn't really a reason to raid 25-mans over 10-mans, as far as time versus reward is concerned; it's hard to maintain a 25-man roster and remain competitive in today's Azeroth. Even world firsts are being tackled by 10-mans
"Appear Offline" Option Coming Soon to Battle.net
2012/09/20 at 9:22 AM
In the coming months, we're planning an update to Battle.net that will give you more control over your online presence when playing Blizzard games. Soon, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III players will be able to select "Appear Offline" as one of their Battle.net social-status options (along with Available, Busy, and Away) for those times when they want to wander Azeroth by their lonesome, dominate the galaxy in radio silence, or slay demons in solitude. When you choose this option as your status, all of your Real ID friends, BattleTag friends, and character-level friends will see you as \u201cOffline\u201d in their friends list whenever you\u2019re logged into a game.
The \u201cAppear Offline\u201d status option will be added to World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III separately in future updates for each game. For Diablo III, we expect to add the feature in a patch after 1.0.5. For World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, we expect to add the option sometime after the release of each game\u2019s upcoming expansion.
Thanks for your continued feedback, and we\u2019ll share more information on the availability of this new feature in the months ahead.
New Recruit-A-Friend Mount Coming
2012/04/26 at 2:38 PM
X-53 Touring Rocket
will soon be a collector's item! Within the next few weeks, a third RAF mount will be introduced and the current one retired from Azeroth.
The mount will likely be
Heart of the Nightwing
--apparently it was added to both the PTR and the MoP beta, so it will be the RAF mount! (My bad for earlier saying I didn't know.)
Remember, you can always post in the Wowhead RAF friend if you're looking to recruit someone before the rocket is removed. Happy leveling!
Heads up! The current Recruit-A-Friend reward mount, the experimental X-53 Touring Rocket, will soon be cycled out of the RAF program. If you\u2019ve always wanted a Touring Rocket, but haven\u2019t snagged one yet, this is your last chance to get one by bringing a friend to World of Warcraft.
While we don\u2019t have an official launch date to reveal for the new Recruit-A-Friend mount, we wanted to give you an early heads up that the changeover will be happening \u201csoon\u201d (TM). You have a few weeks to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket before it goes away.
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