StarCraft 2 Accounts Get Free Name Change

Blizzard said on Wednesday that it's now offering one free character name change to all StarCraft 2 accounts. However the company warned that free name changes do not stack, so the latest offering will replace all previous unused instances that were tacked onto the account. To take advantage of this free name change, players must log in to Account Management and select the StarCraft 2 license from their list of game accounts.

"You can use the dropdown list in the 'Character Name Change' section at the bottom of your game license screen to select a region in which you'd like to use an available name change," Blizzard said. "Once you've selected a region, click the "Use Name Change" button to initiate the request. After confirming that you'd like to change your character name, simply log in to StarCraft II and you'll be prompted to select a new one."

Blizzard also noted that it's currently re-evaluating its approach to the name change process internally in order to offer free name changes much more frequently going forward. Additional details will be release at a later date.

Ok, it's a free name change. What's the big deal? Blizzard usually charges $10 USD plus applicable taxes for a single character name change – in addition to purchasing both Wings of Liberty ($40) and Heart of the Swarm ($40). After that kind of expense, a free name change is quite a bargain.

"After completing a Character Name Change, that specific character cannot have their name changed again for three (3) days," reads the FAQ. "Once the three day waiting period is over, you would need to purchase a new Character Name Change if you would like to perform a new change."

"Once the name change is complete, your character's old name will be locked from use on the realm for 90 days. After that time, the old name can be claimed by anyone on a first-come, first-served basis," it continues. "If you want to retain the use of that name you will have to reclaim it before anyone else does."

For more information about changing character names in StarCraft 2, head here.

  • Achoo22
    It's such a backwards world we live in when a free name change in a video game can be considered a bargain.
  • opmopadop
    ...or news!
  • bryonhowley
    11148092 said:
    ...or news!

    Or were but-heads like brandonl2davis think it is OK to spam a tech forum with crap!

    What I find crazy is that they charge for a name change.
  • godftw
    i think its a bit of a double edge, because if you give people the ability to change names at will(unrestricted) you could probably imagine some havoc that could ensue. at the same time charging for it's just a money making scheme, not really a surprise coming from the people that brought you WOW and the 3 part SC2 games. if people got upset enough about it im sure they would just allocate you so many name changes annually,(maybe this is what they are doing?) but most people probably just dont care.(including myself) i dont really see a problem with this aspect of their business.(atleast while they are gifting namechanges every so often)

    and to respond to bryon, its clear why people bot spam sites. they do it because they have an incentive to, incentives>>human decency/respect. if you live in the USA(or maybe anywhere?) you should know all about this, if everyone follows that protocol i would argue it is "ok".
  • Soda-88
    Moral of the story: Don't pick retarded names for yourself

    OT: This has been a 3rd free name change in 3 years of SC2, if I haven't missed any.
  • MasterMace
    One of those folks that didn't buy Heart of the Swarm, because I didn't feel like it was worth it.
  • koga73
    All I want is the ability to add numbers to my username. Is that too much to ask?
  • gilgamex
    Finally I get to be cool! "||||||||||||||||||||||" here I come!!
  • everlast66
    Too little, too late
    Over the years I have bought Warcraft 2 and 3 with expansions, Diablo 2 and 3 with expansions and Starctaft 1 and expansion and palyed WoW for about 6 months, but since Blizzard started to pay more attention to the cashflow rather than what products their customers have to put up with they're not getting a penny more from me.
  • cats_Paw
    Well blizzard has dissapointed me so many times in the last years, that i have ignored their products since the Wings of Liberty.