Blizzard Streaming Introduced to Battle.net Client, Enables Facebook Livestream
In a new update to Battle.net, anyone can now begin livestreaming their game to Facebook Live. This service is currently only available in the Americas, but Blizzard states will be coming soon to Europe and Asia.
We’ve partnered up with Facebook to give our players an easy way to go live by streaming their gameplay on the world’s biggest social network. Blizzard Streaming supports webcam and mic usage and setup is quick-you can start and stop your stream with the press of a button!
The update was introduced in Patch 1.5.0 Build 7939. The streaming button will appear in the top right of the app window and you will be prompted to log into Facebook and authorize Blizzard to access the account. Blizzard promises they will never post or share anything on the network without your permission or share your real name. Once authorized you can access the Streaming Control Panel where you can customize aspects of the stream.
The settings menu allows you to set up options for your hotkeys, webcam, and audio preferences. When streaming you can see a Live overlay on the top of your stream and end it by simply pressing the hotkey Ctrl + F1, or hitting the Stop Stream button.
Default streaming options are 720p, 30fps, 3.0 Mbps but can be customized for your preferred settings. Windows XP will not be supported however. In-Game overlay, webcam, and audience selection all have options and available adjustments.
Currently the streaming ability is not yet available for Mac, your webcam cannot be used while being used by another application (such as Skype), and your game may experience lower frame rates while streaming.
The streaming service works with all Battle.net games, which currently includes World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.