Owned by one of gaming’s largest giants, Blizzard Entertainment, Battle.Net is possibly the most well-known and recognizable online gaming platform out there. Featuring titles such as World Of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo II, Heroes Of The Storm and Heartstone, it is certainly among the most relevant ones for eSports competitors.
Battle.Net appeared online for the first time all the way back in 1996, which is quite impressive for anything that is still alive on the internet. The platform was originally a part of the popular Blizzard game Diablo, and it was later given an external interface, with multiple games integrated into it.
Battle.Net platform as we know it today was made in 2009, and included titles like World Of Warcraft and Starcraft II. The popular platform does seem to be nearing the end of the road however, as Blizzard have announced in September this year that the platform was to be retired and more focus put on the Blizzard brand, which likely means we are looking at some kind of Battle.Net replacement in near future.
Currently, Battle.Net is the powering engine of a number of extremely popular games, some of which are eSports. World Of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Heartstone are a few of the most popular ones. If there is a new patch of expansion for these games out there, Battle.Net is where you will find it. If there is a new Blizzard game released, visit Battle.Net.
Battle.Net does not support hundreds of titles like some other similar platforms, but it is the absolute master when it comes to Blizzard games and considering how many of the popular titles are made by Blizzard, this is a pretty big deal.
Battle.Net seems to have met its purpose however, and now Blizzard Entertainment are preparing to scrap the platform altogether in favor of something else. We are still waiting for the announcement on what exactly that may be, but we can expect a more advanced platform from a company who practically always delivers.