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StarCraft is now completely free to play

StarCraft is now completely free to play

by Louis Daniel AndresApril 19, 2017
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Time to revisit the classic that brought Esports into the mainstream.

Well, it surely didn’t take that long for Blizzard to fulfill a promise that they have made about a month ago as the classic RTS title StarCraft, and its expansion Brood War is now completely free to download and play starting today.

Together with the update also comes a new Patch for StarCraft, the first one in 8 years, which includes additional support options such as Autosaving replays, In-game timer display, observer mode, and improved UI.

StarCraft: Broodwar 1.18 Patch Notes


  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over
  • Improved UI layout in sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in menus.
  • LAN and Legacy fixes.

Known Issues

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StarCraft was first released back in 1998 and became one of the biggest Sci-Fi RTS hits, helping spawn the pro gaming phenomenon that we know today as Esports and propel it into the mainstream.

StarCraft, and its expansion Brood War is now free to play and can be downloaded from Blizzard’s website.

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Louis Daniel Andres
Gaming know it all, dresses like a thug at conventions, loves to spam Spiritbreaker in Dota 2, and only owns video games because of free keys and game codes.

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