By Andrew Dodson on September 21, 2016 at 6:02pm
In 1996, Blizzard launched a little service that players used to access their online games known simply as "Battle.Net". Initially, it was used for "Starcraft," "Diablo" and the "Warcraft" franchises, but over time, it has grown to include giants like "World of Warcraft," "Heroes of the Storm" and "Overwatch." If you're a fan of Blizzard's games at all, you probably have at one point had the application installed on your computer.
Well, after 20 years, Blizzard has decided that Battle.Net needs a new name.
We’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 our various products and services using the Blizzard name instead. You've already seen this recently with things like "Blizzard Streaming" and "Blizzard Voice," and more changes are on the way.
So, while it looks like nothing significant is going to change, a twenty year software titan is about to get a shiny new name. As of the writing of this article, there have been no announcement on what the new name of the Blizzard service is going to be, though we expect to know in the near future. What do you think the new name should be?