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A Blizzard rep says the mentions at the Destiny 2 event were a one time thing and it's still called Blizzard Launcher.
There was a lot of speculation after the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event where Mike Morhaime showed up at the end to announce the game would be coming to PC exclusively, since he said it was coming to "Battle.net" specifically. Just in case people thought he might have misspoken, the same was repeated many times in the accompanying press release, which was strange since Blizzard retired the Battle.net name and re-branded it to Blizzard App in March.
The speculation was mostly about whether Blizzard had changed their minds, or whether Battle.net was indeed still the name of the general framework and it was only the launcher that was renamed or something else entirely. In any case and, pretty ironically, it all sounded very confusing which was exactly what Blizzard was trying to avoid by renaming it in the first place, as you can read in their original announcement from last year.
Well, as it turns out the Destiny 2 event was a one time thing, as a Blizzard representative confirmed to Polygon:
Well, that at least clears things up, right? It seems the Battle.net name was too recognizable not to use for the Destiny 2 PC announcement, but they're sticking with the change after that.
You can now redeem WoW Token for $15 USD Battle.net Balance. It has been enabled in the US for now.
It means you can buy Heroes in Heroes of the Storm, loot boxes in Overwatch or services like Faction Change, Realm Transfer and Level 100 boost for WoW Gold. Previously datamined strings were a good indication of such service. Tokens are selling like crazy right now, some realms don't even have any listed in the Auction House. Buy them fast as prices will go up in the next few hours.
The current limit is 36 WoW Tokens every 2 years per Battle.net account (last reset was with the release of Patch 7.1.5). Click here to check out WoW Token prices.
Below is the official announcement made by Blizzard with a video and FAQ.
Blizzard Entertainment (Source)
The goblins of the Bilgewater Cartel have a golden opportunity for you, friend—introducing a new way to use your WoW® Token. It’s just as easy as ever, but now when you use gold to buy a WoW Token from the Auction House in certain regions, you can to choose whether to convert it into 30 days of game time or Battle.net Balance*. You can use Battle.net Balance to buy services like World of Warcraft character transfers, digital products like pets and mounts, and even purchase in-game items for other supported Blizzard games you play.
Buying a Token is simple: just visit the Auction House and use your hard-earned gold to purchase one of the WoW Tokens put up for sale. Once the Token arrives in your in-game mailbox, right-click it to add it to your bag, then right-click it in your inventory. You’ll then be able to choose whether to add 30 days of game time or add Battle.net Balance ($15 USD; currency and amount varies by region) to your Battle.net account. For more information, check out our Battle.net Balance support page and WoW Token support page.
*WoW Tokens can only be redeemed for Battle.net Balance in the currency associated with the registered Battle.net account address. Other restrictions apply.
Q: I need gold! How do I buy a WoW Token for real money and put it up for sale for gold?
A: WoW Tokens are available for purchase for real money through the World of Warcraft in-game Shop. You can access the Shop through the main menu (Esc) or the row of feature buttons next to your character’s bags.
You can then sell your WoW Token through a dedicated exchange in the Auction House, located in the WoW Tokensection. WoW Tokens cannot be traded or sold any other way.
Q: How much gold will I receive when I sell a WoW Token?
A: The gold value of a Token is determined dynamically based on supply and demand. When you put a Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive upon a successful sale. If you then decide to place the Token up for sale, that amount is locked in, and the gold will be sent to your mailbox after your Token has been sold.
Q: I need game time or Battle.net Balance! How do I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House?
A: When you visit the Auction House, you’ll be presented with the current market price (in gold) for a WoW Token in your game region—there’s no bidding involved, and all Tokens in a game region are priced the same at any given moment. If you decide to purchase one, you’ll receive it in your mailbox, and can then redeem it for game time or Battle.net Balance.
Q: How much game time or Battle.net Balance do I get by redeeming a WoW Token?
A: You’ll receive 30 days of game time or $15 USD (amount varies by currency; currency is based on registered Battle.net account address) in Battle.net Balance when you redeem a WoW Token.
Q: I purchased a WoW Token for gold a while back, but never redeemed it. Can I use that WoW Token to get Battle.net Balance now?
A: Yes, any previously purchased WoW Tokens that you haven’t yet redeemed for game time can now be redeemed for Battle.net Balance (in supported regions).
Q: Is there a limit on how much Battle.net Balance I can redeem using the WoW Token?
A: Yes—for more information, read our Battle.net Balance Restrictions support article.
Q: Can I resell a WoW Token after I’ve purchased it for gold?
A: No, each WoW Token can only be sold once. After you purchase a Token for gold, it becomes Soulbound. At that point, it can only be redeemed for game time or Battle.net Balance.
Q: What happens if the price quoted to me is different from what the Token actually sells for?
A: You will always receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place a Token up for sale, regardless of what the current price is when the item actually sells.
Q: If I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House, how long does it take to receive the Token?
A: Just like a standard Auction House purchase, it should arrive in your mailbox within moments after making your purchase.
Q: If I’m buying a WoW Token for real money from the in-game Shop, how long does it take to receive it?
A: Once you successfully complete a purchase, in most cases the Token should arrive in your inventory (or mailbox, if your inventory is full) almost immediately.
Q: Do Tokens expire? What happens if I accidentally delete one?
A: No, Tokens do not expire. They also can’t be deleted, so no need to fear accidentally trashing them.
The Battle.net Gift Card is available in several retail stores and it makes you able to gift items such as Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, the Iron Skyreaver mount in WoW, Heroes in HotS or Loot boxes from Overwatch to your friends.
The Gift Card is a great Christmas present for any player of Blizzard games! Let's see if we get the option to buy a virtual gift card in the future.
Have you ever wanted to give a friend a few Hearthstone Expert Card Packs? Or gift that epic Iron Skyreaver mount to your World of Warcraft guildmate? Or a Hero from Heroes of the Storm, or a Loot box for Overwatch? Good news! We’ve got you covered with one simple solution — the Battle.net Gift Card.
This €20/£15 gift card is now available at a wide range of retailers across Europe. Simply pick one up at any of the stores listed below and give it to a friend. All they need to do is claim the code on the back of the card in order to charge up their Battle.net Balance, which can be used to purchase a variety of Blizzard digital items, games, and services. You can also use the gift card to charge up your own balance.
For a full overview of what you can buy with Battle.net Balance, visit the Battle.net Shop. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can give a friend via the Battle.net Gift Card:
Remember that you can also gift your friends specific digital items directly from the Battle.net Shop. You can find the full list of retail stores selling the Gift card here.
Jeff Kaplan fills us in on the current status.
News from the Overwatch side of things as Jeff Kaplan shares the new status of the feature.
Well, with the Quick Join option in WoW hammering home the need for an "appear offline" option, you wouldn't have expected the first update on the matter in 2+ years to come from Overwatch. But, Jeff Kaplan really likes to interact with the fans and keep them updated so we got this little snippet of info and hope recently:
We would like to add an "Appear Offline" option to Overwatch. We are in the process of coordinating this with Battle.net and the other game teams. Because our social system is a cross-game system (WoW, Hearthstone, Heroes, SC2, D3) adding this functionality is not trivial for us. I know there has been discussion around this feature for a long time, and things have definitely not moved at a rate which is acceptable, I can assure you we care about the feature and want to figure out how to make it happen.
For your particular issue regarding invites, you can go into the Social Options menu and turn off invites.
Thanks for being patient with us.
Now, this is pretty much exactly the type of message we're used to getting on the subject, like this great announcement from 4 years ago, but the most recent info we could find before this was Lore's tweet on the matter:
So this should mean the issue is back in development and hopefully coming to battle.net "soon", except this time it should be the usual Blizzard soon and not the "never" soon!
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.