Koreans Get StarCraft II For Free to WoW Players

Blizzard is giving away StarCraft II to Korean gamers for free – sorta. The deal is that those in Korea who have active World of Warcraft accounts will get access to the full version of StarCraft II.

According to IGN, Blizzard's Chris Sigaty described the announcement as "a way of giving something back to such a supportive and skilled community of players."

Blizzard won't need any help in boosting the popularity of StarCraft in Korea, but packing it in as part of a WoW subscription could do wonders for signups for the MMO.

The subscription option makes even more sense in light of the monthly, and even daily, pass models offered for StarCraft II.

Clearly, WoW gamers throughout the rest of the world are feeling quite jealous right now.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • whitecrowro
    Rest of the world will get free DiabloIII, err..right Blizzard?
  • zmbcat
    Blizzard is just not helping the Korean national starcraft addiction.
  • deividast
    i'm happy for koreans.... :)
  • rantoc
    In latest news, Kore gains huge numbers of immigrants!
  • Darkerson
    Must be nice!
  • maxiim
    What is WoW? Is it that nerd game with "deleted account" videos on youtube?
  • insider3
    Hey Blizzard! We are in a recession as well!
  • saran008
    Seems Nice news!
  • Horhe
    Does any kid/teen/youngster still plays football or any other physical sport in Korea?
  • valcron
    So instead of getting a single payment for 49 dollars they get a monthly payment of 14.99 or however much WoW costs (I forget) for those few who don't play WoW. Brilliant business move but hopefully people see through this.