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Blizzard is currently investigating an issue affecting their authentication servers, as players around the world are unable to log into Battle.net.
Blizzard is aware of the issue and they're working on a fix. Follow BlizzCS on Twitter for more updates!
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BlizzCon started off with a gift, as everyone with a Battle.net account is getting the game for free! As long as you register before November 18th you'll be getting the base game to keep forever. There will be more specific information coming soon, so check back here for details.
Blizzard is expanding their gifting service by allowing you to send Blizzard Balance to your friends!
Struggling to find the perfect gift for a friend, or just hoping to give them the flexibility to choose their own gifts?
We’re expanding our gifting service by allowing you to send Blizzard Balance to your friends, offering you the benefits of retail gift cards in a new and easy-to-use digital format.
Sending Balance gifts is simple: visit the Blizzard Shop, select one of the suggested values—or enter a custom amount, click the “Gift Balance” button, and select a friend.
Blizzard will deliver your gift along with a notification and personalized message directly to your friend, who can then claim the digital gift card balance onto their account.
As with other gifts, you’ll receive an email and a notification in the Blizzard App when a friend sends you Blizzard Balance, informing you that the gift has arrived and is ready to be claimed.
Giving the gift of Blizzard Balance is a fast and easy way to ensure that your friends and family will get the Blizzard product that they want most.
While the name is still somewhat weird and long, with the taskbar item being called the "Blizzard Battle.net App", the application itself is definitely getting better and better - with today's update bringing in improvements to groups, chats, and more:
Build 9737 (source)
Games can now be launched from the Windows System Tray and Task Bar directly on PCs, and from the Dock on Apple systems.
We updated components for the Battle.net App: Upgraded Chromium to v62 Upgraded Qt to v5.9.3
Made updates to video playback and decoding components.
We made some updates to Blizzard Groups and Chats: Added a badge to indicate a message in a group was edited Updated experience for new/empty groups, making it easier for admins to manage them Updated experience for new/empty chats Made back-end improvements and enhancements to the chat system Bug Fixes
Fixed minor bugs and issues
In October, Blizzard announced their plans to convert from USD to local currency on Blizzard Battle.net in Canada, Japan and New Zealand. All the changes will be live within the next 24 hours.
In October, we announced that we’ll be converting from USD to local currency on Blizzard Battle.net® in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. These changes will begin to roll out in these regions within the next 24 hours.
For players in these regions, Blizzard Balance will be unavailable during the brief update process, but purchases can be made using other payment methods. Any purchases made during this period will be processed in local currency.
For World of Warcraft® subscribers, the recurring subscription will continue to be charged in USD for the next 12 months. If there’s any interruption to your subscription, however—including an expired card, changes in payment methods, or account cancellations—any new subscriptions will be charged in your local currency.
We want to make as many of our players as possible feel at home in the Blizzard ecosystem, and make managing your account with us easier. By switching from USD to local currency, we’re expanding the types of payment we accept and helping some of you avoid paying transaction fees charged by financial institutions.
Please see our announcement in October for more information and follow @BlizzardCS for the latest updates.