The game developer Blizzard has recently published their decision of dropping the Battle.net name for their online platform on the World of Warcraft’s website. Instead of Battle.net, the company wants to rename the website just Blizzard starting next month. The Battle.net has received recent updates that are the reason behind this move from the company.
Officially launched in 1996, Battle.net allows users to have one online platform where they can manage all their games that belong to Blizzard as well as money transactions for them. The first one to use this service was Diablo in the same launch year, and the latest addition was the shooting MOBA Overwatch.
The company explained in the post that many newcomers to the service had confused the name of the company, the battle.net service and the games associated with, they tend to think that they referred to separated identities. Now that two new features were released under the Blizzard name, the company fears that this could generate more confusion.
The services released are named Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice and are totally operational on the platform since last week.
Blizzard prepares the road for the Blizzcon 2016
Some weeks ago, Blizzard released the patch 7.0 for Battle.net in which the company launched two new services for free. The Blizzard Voice and the Blizzard Streaming. The first one functions as a voice communication client, similar to the community favorites’ “Ventrilo” and “RaidCall.” However, Blizzard Voice will be fully integrated with Battle.net so it will reduce lag issues while playing.
On the other hand, Blizzard Streaming is Blizzard’s strategy to get back the viewers that Twitch.com is getting from Overwatch and Starcraft II. Also fully integrated with Battle.net services, Blizzard Streaming promises to run smoothly in the background while players showcase their gameplay using their Facebook accounts.
These two announcements along with the recent change in the name of the online platform will serve as the preparations for the upcoming Blizzcon 2016. During this event, the company has promised that many exciting unveils will take place for World of Warcraft and Overwatch. They have also mentioned possible new features similar to the two recently released. The event will be held at The Anaheim Convention Center in California this November and tickets are already sold out.
Users have already reacted to the announcement
The post has received almost 100 replies during the first few hours. Most of them were only jokes from users calling the change “AN SKY NET PLAN” referring the famous Artificial Intelligence featured in Terminator movies. Nonetheless, some serious comments were made some time later with the same opinion.
Most old time users agreed that the change in name is purely cosmetic, and they will still refer to the platform as Battle.net.
Source: Cinema Blend