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Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
First release date November 30, 1996
Digital Distribution

Key points

Games are playable mid-download.
DRM: Digital distribution platform with accompanying client required for downloading and updating games.
Most games (World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone) require a constant network connection. StarCraft II has an offline mode, but it only functions for a maximum of 30 days before requiring a re-connect.
Two-factor authentication: SMS Protect and Authenticator for iOS, Android, and physical.'s Authenticator app allows for one-tap login verification, minimizing if not eliminating the need for potentially bothersome login codes.
Blizzard gives free in-game items to everyone who uses any form of two-factor authentication as an incentive for increasing account security.
Blizzard Entertainment games only. Some older Blizzard games do not require the client for DRM, and use classic accounts for online play. Classic accounts differ from typical accounts.

General information

Official site
Official store
Official Support
Account details is a gaming service provided by Blizzard Entertainment. It serves as the digital distribution platform and DRM mechanism for all currently supported Blizzard games.