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Battle.net Desktop Client - Services Activated and Beta Test Opt-in
Blizzard finally flipped the switch on the new Battle.net desktop client and it is now available to people selected for the beta. A couple extra features have emerged:

  • You no longer have to log in to WoW, SC2, or D3, as clicking play will automatically log you in.
  • A list of your BattleTag and RealID friends is now shown in a small window in the client.
  • Chat is disabled for this phase of testing, but you will be able to chat with your BattleTag and RealID friends in the future.








Battle.net Launcher Update: Testers Wanted
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're continuing the Battle.net®-related testing we mentioned previously. As part of this, we're now inviting beta testers to help test and refine a new desktop app for Battle.net designed to improve the launcher experience for all Blizzard games and streamline the ability for players to get into their games.

If you’d like to help us with the testing, head to your Battle.net Beta Profile and opt in to at least one of the game universe beta tests (if you haven’t done so already). We’ll be inviting players to the beta test in waves—if you’re selected, your Battle.net account will be flagged automatically and you’ll receive an email with additional details.

For more information, check out the FAQ or visit the beta test forums.

Launcher Update Testing FAQ
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
When does the beta test begin? How do I opt-in?
The beta test is now underway. If you’d like a chance to participate, first make sure you’ve created a BattleTag, and then head to your Beta Profile Settings and opt in to any of the Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo beta tests. See the Beta Opt-In Instructions for a helpful walkthrough. If you have already opted in for a previous Blizzard beta, you don’t need to opt in a second time.

What platforms and languages are supported?
The Battle.net desktop application is available for Windows and Mac in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, traditional Chinese, and Korean.

What regions can participate?
Players in the Americas and Oceania, Europe, Korea, and Taiwan can participate. Players in mainland China will not be able to participate in this beta test. We’ll have more information to share about our plans for the Battle.net desktop app in mainland China in the future.

Is there a non-disclosure agreement?
There is not a nondisclosure agreement for this beta test. Those invited to play are free to take screenshots and discuss the app. Participants can give us feedback in the beta test forums.

How does game patching work through the Battle.net desktop app?
When you’re logged in to the Battle.net desktop app, it automatically downloads and installs updates for all supported games as they become available. You can patch one game at a time; the Battle.net desktop app also allows you to pause the patching process for one game in order to patch another, if needed.

Which Blizzard games are supported in the Battle.net desktop app?
The Battle.net desktop app allows you to launch Diablo III, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. Classic Blizzard games such as Diablo II, StarCraft, and Warcraft III are not currently supported, though we’re looking into the possibility of adding support for these games in the future.

I want to use the game-specific launcher for one of my games. How do I do that?
During the beta, you can switch to the previous launcher by uninstalling the Battle.net desktop app. As long as the Battle.net desktop app is installed on your system, you will not be able to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or Diablo III through their standard launchers.

Can I log in to the Battle.net desktop app on multiple computers?
Yes, although the original login will expire if your account is logged in from another computer.

Can I still access the Battle.net website in my browser?
Yes, the Battle.net website will stay the same. The Battle.net desktop app provides a quick, convenient way to access your Blizzard games and certain features of Battle.net account management without opening a web browser.

Will everyone’s launchers eventually be updated to the Battle.net desktop app?
Yes — in the future, every Blizzard gamer will need to use the Battle.net desktop app to play their favorite Blizzard games. The Battle.net desktop app will replace the individual game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, and will act as your gateway to accessing future Blizzard games.

We’ll let players know in advance when we plan to roll the app out to everyone.

I'm having an issue—how can I get help?
Check the Known Issues List or visit the Battle.net desktop app beta forums to see if your issue is mentioned there. During the beta test, if you’re unable to resolve the issue and it’s preventing you from accessing your games, you can uninstall the beta client at any time to go back to using a game’s standard launcher.
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Comments 73 Comments
  1. Hubbl3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tempis View Post
    Start---> MSCONFIG in search box---> goto start up disable Steam, Origin, what ever else is at start up (that you don't need)

    there done Nothing to "spy" on you
    Or just deactive the "run xxx on windows startup" option in every client. I have Uplay, Origin and Steam, and every one of these only runs when I want them to run.
  1. Airwaves's Avatar
    I like this idea. Means i don't have to log into a game to talk to my brother.
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Can't wait for this to go live!
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    omg omg omg beta testing the new client omg omg

    #whogivesadamn
  1. Noctus78's Avatar
    Noticed this folder this morning World of Warcraft\Cache\wowbrowser
    dont think it was there a week ago. could it be tied to the new client
  1. Zhaine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wolftech View Post
    I hope there is an opt out because I don't want some bloatware running all the time while I am playing. And I don't want to see annoying ads for Blizzard products.
    Just run the wow.exe from the wow directory
  1. Marlamin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noctus78 View Post
    Noticed this folder this morning World of Warcraft\Cache\wowbrowser
    dont think it was there a week ago. could it be tied to the new client
    That's for the in-game web browser (in-game access to the support website) in the WoW client that was added a while back.
  1. Koji2k11's Avatar
    they need to open this for EVERYONE not justa bunch of ppl from press and shit this way you have alot of testers who are actually testing we have seen how this game was bugged all over the place with just a few testers who luckly got into other betas of wow.

    what im trying to say is make it optional to use those who want to use it they do it those who dont want to use just dont use easy as that why do they have to beta test it anyway. next time they beta test the download process and then the loading process of the game of course only with ppl who got selected

    it just sounds so silly beta testing a launcher like realy ?
  1. Spirit8's Avatar
    Ok, everyone will have to use this at some point, so...if one has 2 accounts under the same battle.net, does this mean you will not be able to log in both accounts at the same time?
  1. Squirreludecker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtside View Post
    Because to hell with Linux users, amirite? It's already a periodic battle(.net) dealing with Blizzard's weird infrastructural changes. Let's hope the WINE team figures this crap out PDQ.
    you're worried they wont support an OS they dont support currently?
  1. Hiro88's Avatar
    Could any beta tester tell me if it allow to launch several instances of the app at a time?
  1. Grindfreak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro88 View Post
    Could any beta tester tell me if it allow to launch several instances of the app at a time?
    It's only opening one instance of the desktop app by default, this can be changed via the menu.
    you can not log into one battle-net account on both apps at the same time, one will drop out.
    Closing the app in the background does not shut down your clients.
  1. trafalgar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by azurrei View Post
    Looks pretty slick...but, when it comes to Battle.net there is only one feature I'm interested in - "Appear Offline"
    Word. Would love an appear offline/invisible feature with this.
  1. Hiro88's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grindfreak View Post
    It's only opening one instance of the desktop app by default, this can be changed via the menu.
    you can not log into one battle-net account on both apps at the same time, one will drop out.
    Closing the app in the background does not shut down your clients.
    So you can login with two accounts in the same computer, isn't it?
  1. jimlow's Avatar
    How do you even "test" a desktop client?
  1. azryiel's Avatar
    Here's hoping that they finally have a framework to allow communication between all B.net, Would be nice to be able to chat to my American friends without having to jump on their servers.
  1. Drudatz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Annoying View Post
    W...why? It doesn't do anything but act as a launcher for all 3 game clients. A launcher with insta-login. And it looks nice.
    Because of the fear it can make wow unportable like it is now....

    Quote Originally Posted by Moraven View Post
    It works really great. Before you launch the game you can choose which license and region. Then I am right in my game as it opens without having to enter my password more than the first time I opened the app.

    ---------- Post added 2013-06-10 at 09:21 PM ----------



    Even if you only play one game, it works better than the basic WoW/D3/SC2 Launcher. Its a new and improved one and involves all Battle.net games.
    Can you still run your games without this crap???
  1. Grindfreak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro88 View Post
    So you can login with two accounts in the same computer, isn't it?
    I see no reason why you shouldn't, guessing you will just have to disable auto login so one account doesn't get automatically disconnected when you re-launch the app.

    Don't have two B-Net accounts personally so I can't verify, but I'm fairly sure it's possible based on what I've seen so far.

    I'm dissapointed it doesn't include Diablo 2 and other older games, but I'll just make a complaint that's what beta testing is for I guess.
  1. Tziva's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro88 View Post
    So you can login with two accounts in the same computer, isn't it?
    I haven't tried (I'll try tonight - I have two licenses) but I think you can as long as they're different wow accounts under the same battle.net. If it doesn't work yet, it should eventually or I imagine there would be a huge uproar from multiboxers.

    I don't know about separate battle.net accounts; that might be sketchier since it would mean you would need two desktop apps. I can see that maybe being problematic although that's sort of an unconventional way to do things, so it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't supported.

    The solution would just be to put all your licenses under the same battle.net and solve the issue. I'm not sure why people sometimes separate them out anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drudatz View Post
    Can you still run your games without this crap???
    Yes, if you don't want to use the launcher, you can go into your WoW game folder and run the .exe, same as now. The launcher is mainly for patching and displaying news and stuff.

    You can also use the desktop client as a launcher and then close it from your system tray once the game is opened, although it doesn't take much resources so I'm not sure that leaving it in the system tray would matter much.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimlow View Post
    How do you even "test" a desktop client?
    By using it!
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadnor View Post
    you may every now and then have to update the client for bug fixes, but they're like.. 2 second updates. the upgrades are minimal, and the restart takes about 10 seconds without having to download anything (youll just get a message saying you need to restart, wait 10 seconds, youre back.)

    dont be a grumpy butt. "eh, is this new? I have to update it every now and then!? I DONT LIKE IT!"

    And you will have the option to keep your games upgraded automatically or not, if that makes you feel better. I dont have diablo 3 installed, but if i did, it would an option here as well.

    http://i.imgur.com/qXGqvnn.jpg[COLOR="red"]
    I'm no curmudgeon. There are some upgrades that I do like, like say a new graphics card - it's great. There are also upgrades which I feel are not so, but get no choice in the matter. Check out the latest YouTube channel layout - it's terrible.

    Also, "upgrade" and "update" are not always the same thing.

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