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World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has laid the "Battle.net" brand to rest after two decades of service.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 24, 2017

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World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has laid the "Battle.net" brand to rest after two decades of service. 

The change was implemented last night (in Europe, at least), with some Reddit users noticing the Battle.net name had been dropped in favor of 'Blizzard' after restarting the client. For many, it marks the end of a golden era. 

"It's such a minor thing, and sort of funny that it bothers me so much, but it's going to take a while to get used to the new icon on my system tray," wrote one redditor.

"I'm in the same boat. I know it really doesn't matter and I shouldn't care, but it's sad to see Battle.net go. So many fond Warcraft 3 memories there," chimed another.

Blizzard explained it would be dropping the famous moniker back in September, largely because some users seemed confused by how the Blizzard and Battle.net brands related to one another. 

"We've seen that there's been occasional confusion and inefficiencies related to having two separate identities under which everything falls -- Blizzard and Battle.net," said the company at the time.

It also makes sense on a practical level, as Battle.net was initially built to support Diablo multiplayer during the days when dedicated services for playing games online were commonplace. 

These days, they're anything but. And with the idea of built-in multiplayer now more of a normal expectation, Blizzard felt the time was right to retire the name for good.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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