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    Blizzard is gifting a bunch of people StarCraft 2, is Wings of Liberty about to go free?

    Have you logged into your Battle.net account recently? You may have a free copy of StarCraft 2 waiting for you!

    A number of players are reporting that StarCraft 2 has showed up in their Battle.net libraries without them purchasing it.

    The gift is being sent from Blizzard directly, and those who received it, saw a message that said, “You have been granted a free game.” The game in this case being Wings of Liberty, StarCraft 2’s first expansion.

    https://assets.vg247.com/current/2017/01/starcraft_2_free_wings_of_liberty_battle_net_app_1.jpg

    There doesn’t appear to be any particular criteria for why certain people received it and not others, but the most obvious one is the fact all the recipients did not own the game prior. Some believe it’s due to them playing the free trial at some point, though it’s unclear.

    Blizzard has not officially announced the move, but it’s unlikely to be made in error. The more likely scenario is that the studio could be about to make Wings of Liberty completely free, like it’s done with old World of Warcraft expansions.

    Wings of Liberty is around seven years-old, and making it free could give the game a boost in player numbers, particularly in multiplayer.

    Until Blizzard clarifies what’s going on, it may be worth launching the Battle.net app to see if you’ve been selected.

    9 Comments

    Interesting... no luck for me, though.

    A minor point from the article - describing Wings of Liberty as the first "expansion" isn't quite right, given Starcraft II's release model. Each of the three releases (Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, Legacy of the Void) can operate entirely standalone.

    I'd be surprised to see the game going fully free, given that there's already the Starter Edition for that - but we'll see!
    Edited by: "Illusionary" 24th Jan

    Nothing for me

    Damn, already own it. If only I'd waited 6 years.

    A little extra, from Forbes: forbes.com/sit…ee/

    Update: Blizzard has confirmed to me that yes, this is actually legitimate and they're giving people Wings of Liberty licenses for free. They will not tell me how they are choosing who gets the licenses, just saying they like to experiment with different kinds of promotions. So just keep checking, I suppose, as there's no way to know when this experiment will end.

    Yes! I've been given the Starter Edition! Lord knows why they've chosen me, I only had an account for Hearthstone and I've not played that in about 18 months. Think I'll see if my little Linx tablet can run Starcraft II - it will be good to play on the train! Thanks for the heard up OP!

    I have this and heart of the swarm. Maybe if I hold off 6 years longer I'll get a free copy of legacy of the void

    pedd

    Yes! I've been given the Starter Edition! Lord knows why they've chosen … Yes! I've been given the Starter Edition! Lord knows why they've chosen me, I only had an account for Hearthstone and I've not played that in about 18 months. Think I'll see if my little Linx tablet can run Starcraft II - it will be good to play on the train! Thanks for the heard up OP!


    Sorry to disappoint you, but the Starter Edition is and always has been free for everyone It's effectively a limited-functionality demo.

    us.battle.net/sc2…011

    Illusionary

    Sorry to disappoint you, but the Starter Edition is and always has been … Sorry to disappoint you, but the Starter Edition is and always has been free for everyone It's effectively a limited-functionality demo.http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/3250656/starcraft-ii-starter-edition-8-3-2011


    Ah! Turns out my linx won't run it very well anyway, unsurprisingly! Thanks for the heads up though!
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