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Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We’re excited to introduce an array of new social features designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected inside our games and out—all available starting today in the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app.

The new Social tab includes the brand-new Blizzard Groups feature and hosts all of your chats, and player-to-player gifting gives you new ways to show your appreciation to your friends.

We’ve also launched some new features that let you control how you appear to the Blizzard community, including profiles and avatars that let you customize your online persona, along with the ability to appear offline—read more about all these features below.

Social Tab
Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions, including chatting one-on-one with a friend and engaging in our new Blizzard Groups feature.

Chat now works even when you’re offline, so you can send a message to an offline friend and they’ll receive it when they come back online. You’ll also see a history of your chat, so you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.

These chat features are designed to work seamlessly with the recently launched Blizzard Battle.net mobile app, which lets you chat on the go—download it free now for iOS and Android to help stay connected to your friends anywhere.


Blizzard Groups
Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and other groups of players who share common interests, whether it’s prepping for a raid, hanging out to cheer on your favorite esports team, or geeking out over a new comic or animated short.

Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more. When it’s time to go offline, you can easily catch up on conversations you might have missed once you return.

Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!


Player Gifting
One of your Blizzard friends have a birthday coming up? Or just want to say “thanks” for some awesome support in a recent game? With player-to-player gifting, you can purchase and send in-game gifts to your friends.

To send a gift, head to the Shop tab and select a gifting-enabled item such as Hearthstone card packs or an Overwatch Loot Box. Select the Gift button, and then choose the desired recipient’s or BattleTag from a drop-down menu during the purchasing process.

When someone sends you a gift, the upper right of the app will light up to show you that something’s waiting (you can also select View Gifts from the drop-down menu under your BattleTag). Click Claim or visit the Gifts web page on mobile to add the gift to your collection in the associated game.


Profiles and Avatars
Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile and choosing an avatar.

Your profile lets you share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, show people what games you’ve been playing recently, and more. You can also choose whether to make your profile public so that potential pals can learn more about you.

Your avatar will represent you in chats, in Groups, and other places in the Blizzard community. You can choose from more than 100 different heroes, villains, and other iconic characters from across Blizzard’s game universes and beyond.

Customize your profile and choose an avatar through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends list drop-downs.


Appear Offline
Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to Battle.net. This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.

Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list both in the Battle.net app and in-game. Gameplay and game-specific features such as matchmaking are unaffected while you are appearing offline. Note that in the case of World of Warcraft, you will still appear online as your character in-game.

While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.

Thanks to everyone who’s provided feedback on these new features during the recent beta test, and to all those who’ve given us suggestions for improving the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app. These features are here because you asked for them, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app experience and help the Blizzard community stay connected.

Once you’ve had a chance to try these new features out, head to the forums and let us know what you think!
This article was originally published in forum thread: New Ways to Connect Through Blizzard Battle.net started by chaud View original post
Comments 46 Comments
  1. Reza2001's Avatar
    no MMO-Champion group yet ?
  1. BeerWolf's Avatar
    No Genn Greywolf avatar?
  1. Exerionx's Avatar
    Welcome features for sure. Beta client has been good to use!
  1. Hugh Wattmate's Avatar
    What i think is it needs to be linked EU/US I still have to use facebook or whatever to talk to playing american friends. :/ I get latency issues and stuff if playing but for social chat? Cant see a reason not to link the two.
  1. Exerionx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Wattmate View Post
    What i think is it needs to be linked EU/US I still have to use facebook or whatever to talk to playing american friends. :/ I get latency issues and stuff if playing but for social chat? Cant see a reason not to link the two.
    Maybe a technical issue. Because that would mean adding each other on battle.net, and at the moment EU and US clients are completely detatched from each other.
  1. MurkyMcGrill's Avatar
    MMO-Champion Group Invite code: N4O3FKWM
  1. Haajib's Avatar
    About time we got the offline feature, now i wont be doing free advertisement by showing my friends that i play wow
  1. Enkrypt's Avatar
    Man, cause when I wish for updates for my games, I REALLY crave more updates to the launcher. So glad all my hard-earned sub-money is going to updating social features so that Blizzard can feel more like Discord.
  1. Dakhath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enkrypt View Post
    Man, cause when I wish for updates for my games, I REALLY crave more updates to the launcher. So glad all my hard-earned sub-money is going to updating social features so that Blizzard can feel more like Discord.
    You realize that the team that works on this is just one of many teams that your "hard-earned" money goes to? Also, if 15 bucks is hard-earned, get a better job.
  1. Kranagg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Wattmate View Post
    What i think is it needs to be linked EU/US I still have to use facebook or whatever to talk to playing american friends. :/ I get latency issues and stuff if playing but for social chat? Cant see a reason not to link the two.
    Hey

    This may help you. If you go into the settings for Battlenet, you can allow multiple instances of Battlenet running at the same time. You can then log in with the same details, one for EU and one for US if you so wish (if those are the two regions). That way you can have two friends lists up at the same time!

    I only figured that out the other day

    - Kranagg
  1. TobiasAmaranth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BeerWolf View Post
    No Genn Greywolf avatar?
    Seriously. Rexx is okay, but ehhh, gimme Genn. Give me SOME acknowledgement that Worgens are actually part of the game, haha.
  1. callipygoustp's Avatar
    Wonder if Blizzard will ever implement a Tinder style feature via Battle.net.
  1. Enkrypt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dakhath View Post
    You realize that the team that works on this is just one of many teams that your "hard-earned" money goes to? Also, if 15 bucks is hard-earned, get a better job.
    I'm well aware how it works. My money goes to them, and they produce useless shit like this. Thanks for reaffirming my disappointment. Doesn't matter if it took 5 mins or 5 hours to get $15, I can have an opinion on the products they push out.

    Go pretend to be wise elsewhere, you're not needed here.
  1. Sigxy the Lemming's Avatar
    Not a single profile picture of Arthas. But Diablo? Siiiiiix of them...!

    Also, is it just me, or does it look... very identical to Discord, the whole layout of the chat? '.'
  1. SloBash's Avatar
    Groups don't carry over to the mobile app?
  1. Ilf's Avatar
    Oh boy! More ways to save your chat logs!
  1. Yot's Avatar
    I was more distracted by OldManCain being in Act II.
  1. Lobosan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enkrypt View Post
    I'm well aware how it works. My money goes to them, and they produce useless shit like this. Thanks for reaffirming my disappointment. Doesn't matter if it took 5 mins or 5 hours to get $15, I can have an opinion on the products they push out.

    Go pretend to be wise elsewhere, you're not needed here.
    Blizzard has a permanent UX/UI design team. Since the games themselves do not require 24/7 updates to the interfaces, and since improvement of the launcher's UI can streamline the gaming experience for many players, this was a smart investment of the UX/UI team's time. It makes the company more money, and it offers a no-cost improvement to the social, streaming, and purchasing services that sustain and support Blizzard products and user interactions.

    Unless you're suggesting that the entire team be fired so that resources can be invested in hiring MOAR GAME DEVS (hint: past a certain threshold, more devs on a game does not equate to faster or more robust features and typically inhibits rather than helps), you have no argument. The miniscule amount of Blizzard's total profits going into paying for their salaries is in no way taking away from the development of core features (Blizzard isn't hurting for money and resources) and is in fact being put to perfectly worthwhile use creating features that many will appreciate and enjoy.

    In short: You came here to whine that a fraction of a penny of your 15 dollars went to improving an interface that millions use every day and which in no way, shape, or form negatively impacts you. You're just mad for the sake of being mad. So, in your own words, kiddo, "Go pretend to be wise elsewhere, you're not needed here."
  1. jinreeko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MurkyMcGrill View Post
    MMO-Champion Group Invite code: N4O3FKWM
    LOL people want to be in social groups with you salty fucks?
  1. Sumskittles's Avatar
    No custom avatars. please.

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