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Well, it seems the battle.net name is still here since the name keeps being featured in these patches, making that announcement from a while ago even more confusing. In any case, there has been a new patch that finally and officially added Blizzard Voice to the suite of features of the Battle.net client. You can also now make Chat Channels for both voice and text communication with friends and there's a whole bunch of other fixes and changes to be seen.
Channels You can now create a channel to use voice and text chat with your friends. To start a channel, use the "Create a Channel" button, or right-click your friends on the Friends List. All channel members have permission to add or remove their friends from and channel. Players can be dragged from the Friends List to channels to make adding individuals quick and easy. Voice Chat Blizzard Voice provides high quality voice audio and superior stability, all from the Desktop App you are already using! A full range of audio settings allow you to customize your voice experience. Additional controls in the chat channel allow you to individually mute and change player volume. Chat Send and receive URLS as clickable hyperlinks! Users can now markdown text with bold, italics, strikethrough effects in chat. Here's how to add the markdown: Bold = ** or __ before and after the word/s you want to make bold. Italics = _ before and after the word/s you want to make italicized. Strikethrough = ~~ before and after the word/s you want to strikethrough. Sounds & Notifications Revamped the sounds and notification settings for the App. All sound and notification settings have been reset to their defaults, and some will now be ON by default. General The icon in the upper left corner of the friends list now shows you your own in-game status as others will see you. Bug Fixes
Streaming Fixed various stability and performance problems with streaming. Fixed some issues that would cause audio degradation in streams. General Fixed an issue that would prevent AltGr from functioning in browser windows. Fixed an issue that could cause a crash on startup. Fixed an issue that would occasionally cause \"session expired\" errors when reconnecting after having logged in from another location. Known Issues Currently voice chat in Battle.net App and Overwatch are separate systems, meaning it is possible to be in more than one voice channel at the same time.
Blizzard servers continue being victims of DDoS attacks for a second time during less than 24 hours.
It's been a busy day for Legion yesterday. The release of the Emerald Nightmare, World Bosses and Mythic+ dungeons, you all know it. 15 hours ago, the service providers began being affected by DDoS attacks. These usually cause immense in-game lag, disconnects and not being able to reconnect afterwards. The servers were attacked for almost two hours until this issue got resolved. Here are the corresponding tweets from Blizzard's Customer Service.
While this time is really strange for attacking (5 AM EST) the attackers continue with a second wave.
Many players are reporting loss of Ancient Mana Withered Army Training and all the issues that come with disconnects such as losing Mythic Keystone.
It's unknown if there will be more attacks in the coming hours, but we'll keep you updated. In the meantime, you can read the discussion on reddit and follow BlizzardCS on Twitter for further updates.
Mobile Authenticator holders now have the option to verify and log into their account by simply tapping a button on the screen of their device!
This update to the current Mobile Authenticator will allow you to securely log into your account by simply tapping the Approve button on your mobile device instead of entering a security code. The good old security code option is still available, if you prefer it. The Mobile Authenticator with this new feature is available to iOS and Android users.
Here at Blizzard we take account security seriously, which is why we recommend all accounts have an authenticator attached – but we also understand the importance of being able to access your account easily. Enter the One-Button Authenticator! This update to the current Mobile Authenticator will allow you to securely log into your account by simply clicking Approve on your mobile device instead of entering a security code. Should you wish to use a security code to log in that option still remains available.
Whenever* a log in attempt occurs on your account you will be notified via the app and prompted to Approve or Deny the request. You can also approve log in requests with notifications on your mobile or smartwatch without even opening the app! We hope this will help ease the log in process for those of you that already have an authenticator and encourage those of you who don’t to give it a try. You can find out more about authenticators on our Battle.net Authenticator FAQ.
The Mobile Authenticator with the new One-Button feature is available now on iOS® and Android™.
*Please note that by default you will only need to approve a log in attempt once a week per device. You can change this setting on your Battle.net Account Management page.
(source) Having an Authenticator ensures that your account is completely hacker-proof. Some people find it inconvenient, but you can change the setting of how often you need to authorise a login attempt. Now, with the one button option, it is even easier to use! WoW players should also bear in mind that if they have an active Authenticator, they receive the Core Hound Pup pet as a reward.
That's right! Blizzard has announced that Facebook will officially be integrated into the Battle.net platform, allowing for a variety of new functionalities.
The move was announced on the official battle.net forums in a post from Blizzard. The full post can be seen below:
Facebook and Battle.net
Blizzard Entertainment and Facebook are working together to provide gamers around the world with new ways to connect and share their gaming experiences, while bringing more high-demand entertainment content to Facebook’s global platform.
The companies announced today that a major step in their ongoing collaboration will begin later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games. This will enable players to sign up for and log in to games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Blizzard’s most recent blockbuster release, Overwatch®, using their Facebook accounts.
Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook’s capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own “Go Live” streaming functionality for its games. When this functionality is implemented, players will for the first time be able to livestream their Blizzard-gaming sessions directly to their Facebook timelines, and friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.
“Blizzard games are best when played with friends, so it’s important to us to provide our players with features and services that make it easy and fun to share their experiences with each other,” said Gio Hunt, executive vice president of corporate operations at Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch, as well as our other games, and we look forward to sharing further details on our plans as development progresses.”
As part of the collaboration between the two companies, Blizzard recently hosted multiple livestreams via Facebook. The first series of streams centered on Heroes of the Dorm™, Blizzard’s collegiate tournament featuring its popular team-brawler Heroes of the Storm. Last week, Blizzard hosted a livestreamed launch event for Overwatch on Facebook.
“Blizzard has a passionate community of players, and an incredible track record for launching innovative and high-quality gaming experiences,” said Leo Olebe, global games partnerships director at Facebook. “Our collaboration on Overwatch demonstrates Facebook’s commitment to partnering with AAA game companies, while further empowering Blizzard gamers to connect and share the content they're most passionate about with the friends they play with around the world.”
In preparation for the Overwatch launch, Facebook worked with Blizzard on a comprehensive mix of Facebook and Instagram marketing solutions—including Carousel ads, Canvas, and Instagram Marquee. Using the platforms’ powerful targeting capabilities, Facebook helped Blizzard present the game to a broad set of gaming and entertainment audiences within Facebook’s and Instagram's global audiences of 1.65 billion and 400 million people respectively. On Facebook, more than 650 million people play games connected to Facebook every month across web, mobile, and console.
It looks like it will not be required to use Blizzard's products, but it will bring with it a few major conveniences, such as streaming directly to your Facebook account and directly stay in touch with your social media friends while gaming.
What do you think of this new development? We already saw Twitter integration in Warlords of Draenor, so it's no surprise that Facebook has followed suit. Will with see other social media platforms follow suit, such as Vine and Instagram?
Everyone and everything is in buzz for the upcoming release of Overwatch on May 23 for the Americas and May 24 for all other regions. For the launch of Overwatch, Blizzard is giving a free BattleTag update!
As we reported yesterday in an Overwatch article, there were indications that this would happen and Blizzard confirmed it early on Friday. Everyone is getting a free BattleTag update - even people who have already used it. Time to fix some bad decisions and/or some questionable account name choices!
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’s important that you have a nickname that represents you!
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.
In addition to the above update, requests for an option to update BattleTags more frequently is something we hear often from players. We’re 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.
It won’t be long before the agents of Overwatch are recalled to active duty, and we hope that this update helps you get ready!