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

Key points

DRM: Digital distribution platform with accompanying client required for downloading and often playing or updating games as well.
Two-factor authentication: SMS Protect and Battle.net Authenticator for iOS, Android and physical.
For Blizzard Entertainment games only. Older games do not require client and use classic battle.net account to play online, which differs from current battle.net accounts.

General information

Official site
Official store
Official Support
Account details

Battle.net is a gaming service provided by Blizzard Entertainment. Battle.net was launched on November 30, 1996 with the release of Blizzard's action-role-playing video game Diablo. Battle.net was the first online gaming service incorporated directly into the games that make use of it, in contrast to the external interfaces used by the other online services at the time. This feature, along with ease of account creations and the absence of member fees, caused Battle.net to become popular among gamers and became a major selling point for Diablo and subsequent Blizzard Entertainment games.

It continues to be used for modern Blizzard titles such as World of Warcraft and Diablo III