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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.
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!
Integrated voice chat is coming to the Battle.net client.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a voice chat feature baked into World of Warcraft. The feature was one that many users had desired for, but they mustn't have been careful when making their wishes. The feature came, and was almost instantly reviled and panned by all who came to try it. Quietly left to die, it has since seen little love. Most simply assumed that the attempt was a loss, and that would be the end for the MMO's attempt to service the need. After all, 3rd party apps were plentiful and established.
This turns out to be a story with a potentially better ending, as the Alpha participants in World of Warcraft: Legion are now seeing a Battle.net Alpha build avaiable. The build features a totally revamped and service-wide VoIP functionality. It is not just a beacon of hope for those hoping to see the feature in WoW, but seemingly it will be something that will be available to most, if not all, of Blizzard's games.
This is hugely exciting, I for one do not enjoy having to rely on third party options for my VoIP during gaming. The inclusion into games natively is preferable for many, as it not only is free, but usually is the most seamless to set up. If a user is playing the game, then they have all of the software required to use the feature, instead of having to tinker with outside programs.
Images of the Alpha have popped up on @MysticalOS on Twitter. MysticalOS is the creator of several popular WoW mods, including Deadly Boss Mods. These are the images that he has published:
Let us know what you think of this pretty large upcoming addition to the Battle.net list of services. Hit the comment box below!