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  • Hello again.

  • This is Cloaken,

  • the Community Manager for StarCraft II,

  • and I want to introduce an exciting new feature calledSpawning.”

  • Have you ever wanted to simply play StarCraft with a friend

  • but they didn’t have the full game?

  • Or, maybe youre a Starter Edition user

  • and simply want to find out how you can get more out of the game

  • while playing with your friends.

  • Well, Spawning is perfect for you.

  • Those who don’t own StarCraft II will want to try out Starter Edition.

  • It’s a free way to play the game,

  • and is available to anyone who has a Battle.net account.

  • If you want take advantage of Spawning

  • or you want to try the game out,

  • simply download and install StarCraft II

  • from your Battle.net account management page.

  • If you’d like more details about Starter Edition

  • feel free to check out this video

  • before continuing on with the one youre watching now.

  • So, let’s talk Spawning.

  • In short, Spawning is an easy way to allow someone with a full copy of StarCraft II

  • to share their game with a friend for free.

  • Some of you old-time,

  • Blizzard RTS players may remember that

  • back in the hay-days of Warcraft II and StarCraft

  • we actually did something similar.

  • Back then, as long as you had a copy of the retail game disc

  • you could bring others in to play with you

  • who had never purchased the game.

  • It was an awesome way to introduce friends to these games

  • and play alongside them.

  • Well. . . were excited because today we add to this tradition

  • by bringing this functionality to StarCraft II

  • only without the need for all the disc drives..

  • If you currently own a copy of Heart of the Swarm

  • you can nowspawnup any player who is either playing from Starter Edition

  • or Wings of Liberty

  • and give them access to the newest expansion.

  • Pretty sweet.

  • Essentially, the experience is a lot like that of a normal Starter Edition user

  • but with multiplayer modes and options added in.

  • Here’s a quick summary of these additions:

  • All vs. AI modes are unlocked, including team games.

  • Spawned players have access to the Unranked

  • and Ranked ladder play for team games.

  • You also have complete access to all Custom Game maps.

  • And finally, they have complete access to the Arcade.

  • So how exactly does Spawning work?

  • Well, that’s actually one of the best parts.

  • All of this content is available for free simply by

  • partying up with a friend who owns a full version of the game.

  • Let’s take a look:

  • Here you can see the screen of my friend Spyrian

  • who, for the sake of this demonstration,

  • will be playing the part of our Starter Edition user.

  • So, at this point

  • Spyrian has downloaded Starter Edition from his Battle.net account

  • and we are now logged in on StarCraft II at the same time.

  • As you can see, Spyrian and I are connected as friends over Battle.net.

  • You can easily do this by using theAdd Friendfeature

  • in your friends list here.

  • I’m going to go ahead

  • and invite Spyrian to party up with me in game.

  • Here in the party window you can now see

  • that the UI shows his account level as being raised to

  • that of my Heart of the Swarm account.

  • At this point, Spyrian and I can move through the various modes

  • and game options to play in whatever way we like.

  • We can even hop on to the Unranked or Ranked ladders

  • to use the matchmaker

  • and play against other people on Battle.net.

  • As long as Spyrian remains in the party with me,

  • he will be able to play with me at my access level.

  • Then, whenever he decides it is time to leave the party,

  • he will simply return to his Starter Edition access level naturally.

  • There are a few features unavailable to Spawned players

  • that are probably helpful to point out.

  • These features include access to the single-player campaign,

  • the full experience of social features like clans and groups,

  • as well as the ability to choose which race you want to play.

  • Just like Starter Edition users,

  • Spawned players will only have access

  • to the currently active Starter Edition race,

  • which, at the time this video was recorded, is set to Terran.

  • If youre a Spawned player and want the full game,

  • you can use the upgrade button found here.

  • There is no need to download any additional version of the game.

  • Just upgrade your account

  • using Battle.net Account Management on the web

  • and then log back into StarCraft II.

  • That’s pretty much Spawning in a nutshell:

  • simple,

  • easy to use,

  • and innately social.

  • Here are a couple of other things to keep in mind about this feature:

  • Spawning will also work for people

  • who own Wings of Liberty versions of StarCraft II.

  • If you would like to share StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty with a friend,

  • you can spawn them up in the same way weve mentioned in this walkthrough,

  • only keep in mind that the content and balance

  • will reference the Wings of Liberty version of StarCraft II.

  • You can Spawn multiple friends!

  • Currently, party size is capped at 15 players

  • which means you can spawn up to 14 other people at one time

  • from your individual purchased copy of the game.

  • Lastly, for Heart of the Swarm players,

  • Spawning is a perfect way to take advantage of the recent 25% experience bonus

  • weve added for playing with friends in the expansion.

  • Any time you play games with a friend

  • that you are connected to via Real ID or Battle Tag,

  • you will receive a 25% increase in experience gained during that game.

  • There is no cap to the amount of experience you can gain this way,

  • so definitely take advantage of it!

  • As you can imagine, were pretty excited about Spawning in StarCraft II.

  • It is an ideal way to bring your friends along for the ride

  • and show them how fun StarCraft II is.

  • Definitely hop in game,

  • try it out and let us know what you think.

  • If you want to go ahead and pick up Starter Edition

  • you can find that easily by clicking the link below.

  • Thanks for watching and spread the word about Spawning!

  • My name is Cloaken

  • and from all of us here at Blizzard Entertainment

  • Well talk to you soon.

Hello again.

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