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The desktop app

The desktop app is a launcher application for 2.0 games, including World of Warcraft, which replaced the Blizzard Launcher. An initial version was released in August 2013. The application unifies the login procedure for all supported games, essentially removing the need to re-enter account, password, and authenticator information when logging into a game, and is capable of displaying recent news, patch notes, and promotions relevant to each title. The app also has a chat functionality, which was enabled on 3 April 2014.[1][2] There are plans to add support for the original Blizzard games.[3] On 23 March 2017, version 1.8.0 was released that included Blizzard's plan to transition from the brand to a new name of this application which is Blizzard Desktop app. On 14 August 2017, Blizzard reversed the removal of the "" moniker.[4]

The desktop app has the feature for Voice Chat, Channel (or group) Chat and even Streaming Games to Facebook.[5] The open beta for the application started on October 5, 2017 and release of 1.9.1 on October 19, 2017, introduced new features such as Player Profiles and Avatars,[6] to appear offline,[7] the Social Tab and Groups,[8] gifting,[9] and the shop update.[10]

On November 1, 2019, a new beta was pushed that completely refreshes the look for the desktop app, including going back to the "" brand.[11] The refreshed look was released on January 14, 2021.[12]



The old desktop app design prior to the January 2021 redesign

The following games are available from the app:

Notes and trivia[]

  • Among the 2017 April Fools were a joke about bringing back a "Classic® Theme" to the desktop app, with several jokes about it requiring "MS-DOS 5.0 or higher or Windows(R) 95/98" and being compatible with pagers.
  • Often called Blizzard Launcher from fans, not to be confused with the deprecated Blizzard Launcher.
  • The desktop app has been renamed multiple times throughout its life. It originally launched as desktop app, then Blizzard desktop app and Blizzard desktop app following the 2017 rebrand and back to "" on 31 March 2021.
    • The launcher has also been referred to as Blizzard App.
  • The original release of Destiny 2 in 2017 added the game to as a PC exclusive.[13] However, in January 2019, Bungie separated from Activision and acquired the rights to the Destiny franchise[14] and later announces, in June 2019, the move of Destiny 2 from to Steam with a release date on September 17,[15] but later postponed for October 1.[16] It was removed from the desktop app on September 30, 2019.[17]


See also[]


  1. ^ Olivia Grace 2014-04-03. If you can't see the chat option, restart your desktop app..
  2. ^ Boubouille 2014-04-03. Warlords of Draenor™ Alpha Testing Begins, Battle.Net Chat Live. MMO-Champion.
  3. ^ Vexis 2014-07-09. Diablo 2, Starcraft, etc....
  4. ^ Blizzard Update (2017-08-14).
  5. ^ Introducing Blizzard Streaming to Facebook. Blizzard Entertainment (2016-08-26).
  6. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Psione 2017-10-05. New Feature Now Live – Player Profiles & Avatars. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-10-23.
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Psione 2017-10-05. New Feature Now Live - Appear Offline. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-10-23.
  8. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Psione 2017-10-05. New Feature Now Live - Social Tab & Groups. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-10-23.
  9. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Dylon Kempkes 2017-10-23. New Feature Now Live – Gifting. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-10-23.
  10. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Dylon Kempkes 2017-10-12. New Feature Now Live – Shop Update. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-10-23.
  11. ^ New App Beta. Blizzard Entertainment (2019-11-01).
  12. ^ Welcome to the New!. Blizzard Entertainment (2021-01-14). Retrieved on 2021-03-31.
  13. ^ Michael McWhertor 2017-05-18. Destiny 2 is coming to Blizzard's Polygon. Retrieved on 2018-02-27.
  14. ^ Michael McWhertor 2019-01-10. Bungie splits with Activision, acquires rights to Destiny. Polygon.
  15. ^ Christopher Grant 2019-06-06. Destiny 2 is coming to Steam in September. Polygon.
  16. ^ Ryan Gilliam 2019-08-01. Destiny 2's Shadowkeep expansion, free-to-play New Light delayed to October. Polygon.
  17. ^ Destiny 2 PC is moving to Steam on October 1

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