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 (the EU version is no longer available).
UpcomingThis section concerns content that is not yet released.
Starting with the Diablo III beta test, a new feature called Battle.net Balance will be 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).
World of Warcraft
Account merge available
Since spring 2009 World of Warcraft players can merge their accounts with their Battle.net account. The procedure is as followed, 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 login with your Battle.net account in World of Warcraft.
On Oct. 12, 2009, it was announced that WoW accounts would need to be converted into Battle.net accounts within 30 days. This is mandatory, as a Battle.net account will be required to log into the game after Nov. 11, and anyone who wants to start a new WoW account has to make a Battle.net account first. Anyone who had converted their account before Nov. 11 would be mailed in-game a new penguin companion in thanks for converting early, starting later the week of the announcement. The first companions were mailed to players three days later, on Oct. 15, 2009.
Once your WoW account has been converted, the current expansion that you play will show up as a 'merged game' in your Battle.net account. If your WoW account has an authenticator attached to it, it will also be transferred over.
New Community Sites
Starcraft II beta opt-in
When the Starcraft II beta was upcoming, Blizzard allowed people with a battle.net account to opt-in for it. However they require you to have at least 1 Blizzard game linked with your battle.net account.
Your Battle.net account is directly linked to your Blizzard Store account and purchases should show up on your Battle.net account. So far Battle.net Balance cannot be used to purchase from the Blizzard Store.
- Many features of the old community sites have not been added back.
- There were many pages describing basic aspects like item quality, intros to in-game holiday events, zone level recommendations, and maps.
- Not all lore pages on the old community sites have been added back.
- Search has less functionality in some areas than old community sites.
- There is no advanced search (not requiring special codes) for the forums.
- New versions of previous Blizzard single-player games (Diablo III, StarCraft 2) are now force to connect to Battle.net for authentication continuously while playing the game, even when no actual gameplay content is being provided over the network.
- Account security: General tips - World of Warcraft (WoW) / Battle.net
- For previously single-player games, Battle.net also serves as the authentication web site to play recent Blizzard games.
- ^ | 2009-10-12 19:01 by Bornakk
- ^ The New World of Warcraft Community Site by Blizzard Entertainment // 04-Dec-2010 07:48:09 UTC
- ^ The New World of Warcraft Community Site by Blizzard Entertainment // Dec 4, 2010 7:05:40 AM UTC
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2013-03-08. Battle.net Balance FAQ (Article ID: 783). Battle.net Support (US).
Blizzard Entertainment 2013-03-09. Battle.net Balance FAQ (Article ID: 783). Battle.net Support (EU).