Codex Gamicus
Advertisement (formerly Blizzard, with the current rename taking place on March 31, 2021 back to the original name of the platform) is a free online gaming service originally launched on December 31, 1996, along with Diablo, by Blizzard Entertainment to facilitate the growth of its current and future video games, namely Warcraft II: Edition and StarCraft.

Being a wholly closed, commercial venture, and with the complication that use of the service (after the initial investment in a game that uses it) is free, teeters between balance and order often. Blizzard frequently takes, some might say draconian, action in banning game CD-keys and account names associated with game exploits, cheating, and game hack modifications.

For this and other reasons, the bnetd project, basically an emulation of, was created to allow players to use the online-play capabilities of without having to play by Blizzard's rules (since Blizzard's servers would be cut out of the picture). Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Blizzard ordered the bnetd project to Cease and Desist in early 2002.

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During World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a new service was envisaged by the developers of Blizzard Entertainment; a combination of a launcher and friend system culminated in what was first known as the Launcher. This went through several renames; the current name of the client is, although it was previously known as the Blizzard Desktop App and Blizzard Before the desktop app, games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III were launched via their own standalone launcher called the Blizzard Launcher, specifically themed for each game, in addition to needing individual download applications obtained from Blizzard's website.

The launcher supports the following Blizzard Entertainment video games, and is currently officially supported on both Microsoft Windows and macOS.

The launcher also supports or supported the following video games that have been published by Activision:

The client itself supports automatic patching for the games outlined above and is able to pre-load expansion content before official release. There is currently no in-launcher support for Blizzard Entertainment's legacy video games Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War, and it is currently not possible to even download the original Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne installers via The Launcher supports two-factor authentication via both the Authenticator and Blizzard Mobile Authenticator.

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  1. Bungie. (2019-08-08). Destiny 2 - PC Move to Steam. Bungie. Retrieved on 2019-08-27