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    battle.net Diablo 3 BlizzardThere are big changes about to happen with Blizzard’s online gaming service as they are to retire Battle.Net.

    Battle.Net was created way back in 1996 to enable online play for the original Diablo and since then it’s changed and improved massively. Blizzard is about to retire Battle.Net but it’s only the name and branding that will change. The core Battle.Net tech will stay the same.

    According to Blizzard, there has been confusion over the Battle.Net name when explaining how the service worked for Blizzard titles. While most Blizzard gamers know exactly what it is and how it works, new gamers may have found the naming a little confusing.

    Blizzard has not stated what Battle.Net will be renamed to, but we expect it to have something with the name Blizzard attached to it, perhaps just Blizzard Online. We shall have to wait and see.

    You can read their full update on this after the break…

    W’re going to be transitioning away from using the Battle.net name for our gaming service and the functionality connected to it. Battle.net technology will continue to serve as the central nervous system for Blizzard games—nothing is changing in that regard. We’ll just be referring to it as Blizzard tech instead. You’ve already seen this recently with things like “Blizzard Streaming” and “Blizzard Voice,” and more changes are on the way.

    When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored online-gaming service together with your game was more of a novel concept, so we put a lot of focus on explaining what the service was and how it worked, including giving it a distinct name. Over time, though, 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. Given that built-in multiplayer support is a well-understood concept and more of a normal expectation these days, there isn’t as much of a need to maintain a separate identity for what is essentially our networking technology.

    We just wanted to make sure everyone was aware as we moved forward with this change over the next several months; we’ll provide any relevant updates as the transition progresses.

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