Game News launcher update

Published: 09:13, 10 February 2017
Blizzard launcher beta launcher has received an update to improve on the Facebook friends integration

The latest update to hit Blizzard's launcher made it easier to find friends who play the same games via the link between Facebook and launcher accounts. The two accounts can now be linked through account management. The players who previously linked their accounts to Facebook, for streaming purposes, will be required to do so again, using the new method. When linked, the feature will recommend friends and friends of friends who play the same Blizzard games.

The players will be able to add the suggested friends to their friends list. The "recently played with friends" list mentioning the names of the folks you played with but don't yet have in your friends list is, at the moment, only available for Diablo.

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Full patch notes read:  

  • Suggested Friends

Suggested Friends will provide users with new and easy ways to make new friends on

Facebook Friend Finder will allow users who have linked their Facebook account with their account to find and add them as friends.

Mutual Friends (Friends of Friends) will also be displayed in the new Suggested Friends section.

Recently Played With players will be gathered from recent games you have played with people that aren’t currently your friends.

Currently only Diablo is supported at this time, but we plan to expand this to other games in the future!

  • Friends List Improvements

We are adding new options for how your friends are displayed and grouped on the Friends List:

All friends currently playing a game can be toggled to appear at the top of the Friends List and will be grouped alphabetically, by game title.

You can choose to show both BattleTag and Real ID for your friends.

You can now ungroup your favorite friends. Ungrouped favorite friends will be displayed with a star next to their name.

  • Facebook Streaming Improvements

We have changed the way in which Facebook accounts are linked to accounts. Linking now goes through Account Management.

This will allow you to automatically enable Facebook Streaming and Facebook Friend Finder for linked accounts from anywhere you log into the Desktop App.

Note: Users that have previously used Facebook Streaming will need to link their Facebook account to their account in order to stream again. Click on the Streaming icon to begin the linking flow.

  • Bug Fixes

Fixed an issue causing category names to not be properly localized in the region selection.

Fixed and issue causing key binding to be lost when restarting the Desktop App if using a mouse button for Push-to-talk.

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