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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.
Blizzard will be changing pricing on Blizzard Battle.net from USD to local currency in Canada, Japan and New Zealand before the end of the year.
Blizzard will soon introduce support for JPY, CAD and NZD. Stored Blizzard Balance will be converted over to local currency and the conversion will affect all product pricing across all in-game shops. The transition to local currency will enable more payment methods and customers will be able to avoid paying unnecessary transaction fees.
Later this year, we’ll be changing pricing on Blizzard Battle.net® from USD to local currency in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. We’re excited to introduce the change. It’s a key step toward growing our service globally and making it easier for players in these regions to shop and manage their accounts with us.
Once this change takes effect, local currency will be used for pricing across Battle.net and within all of Blizzard’s game shops. The same goes for any Blizzard Balance that players in these regions have stored with us, which will convert over to their local currency. Existing recurring World of Warcraft® subscriptions will not be affected and will continue using USD. However, any new or renewed subscriptions and pre-paid Game Time cards will be offered in their local currency.
While we haven’t finalized the exact date, the switch in these regions is currently slated to take effect before the end of this year. At that time, all product pricing and any stored Blizzard Balance will be converted from USD to the local currency based on the rate provided by one of the major exchanges.
For players in New Zealand, pricing will be inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
We want to make as many of our players as possible feel at home in the Blizzard ecosystem, regardless of where they’re logging in from. We also want to make shopping with us seamless and easy. Switching to local currencies is a key step toward achieving this. Some of our customers will be able to avoid paying unnecessary transaction fees charged by banks and financial institutions. Furthermore, this change will also help us expand the types of payment we can accept, allowing us to add payment methods that we previously couldn’t offer because of their restrictions on transacting in USD.
We’ll provide an update for our players in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand once we formally make the switch to their local currencies. In the meantime, we’ve put together a brief FAQ to provide you with more information on the coming changes.
When are you switching to local currency in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand?
Today, we announced that the change is coming and that it’s slated to take place before the end of the year. We will provide an update to players when the transition takes place.
What products will be affected by these changes?
The conversion to local currencies will affect all product pricing across Blizzard Battle.net® as well as all in-game shops and any stored Blizzard Balance. Any existing recurring World of Warcraft® subscriptions will continue to use USD. However, any new or renewed subscriptions and pre-paid Game Time cards will be offered in local currency.
What happens to my stored Blizzard Balance?
On the date that we make the switch in your regions, your stored Blizzard Balance will convert over to local currency.
What rate Is Blizzard using to convert USD to my local currency?
We will use the conversion rate provided by one of the major exchanges on the day we make the transition.
Why did you decide to switch from USD to local currency in my region?
This is an important step for growing our service globally, making it easier for our players around the world to shop and manage their accounts with us. Some of our customers will be able to avoid paying unnecessary transaction fees charged by banks and financial institutions We’re also able to accommodate more payment methods, adding ones we previously couldn’t offer because they have restrictions on transacting in USD.
What currencies does Blizzard Battle.net support?
Currently, Blizzard Battle.net supports the following currencies: USD, EUR, GBP, RUB, CNY, KRW, TWD, ARS, CLP, BRL, MXN, AUD. We will soon introduce support for JPY, CAD, and NZD.
Blizzard Battle.net is still using USD in my region. When will you switch to my local currency?
We’ll continually evaluate which new currencies to bring to Blizzard Battle.net, and we’ll update our players accordingly.
What if my Blizzard Battle.net account is registered in the wrong country and I want to switch to my local region and currency?
For help switching the region on your Blizzard Battle.net account, please go to: https://battle.net/support/article/7656.
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