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Blizzard Announces StarCraft II Will Be Free-to-Play

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StarCraft II continues to evolve with a new Co-op Commander and Co-Op Mission, the second of the War Chest in support of StarCraft II eSports, and an all-new way to play free.

Announced at Blizzcon today, Blizzard will be making their iconic Sci-Fi RTS: Starcraft II free-to-play, that’s right, the entire Wings of Liberty campaign will be free and will include numerous content drops of versus maps Co-Op Commanders. Alongside Starcraft II becoming free to play,  players will have a free path to unlock the matchmaking ladder, complete with all the multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void. 

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Introduced earlier this year, the War Chest is a new series of seasonal content for StarCraft II designed to support SC2 esports.

With the War Chest, as players gain experience points playing StarCraft II matches or co-op missions online, they can unlock a full set of unit skins for their chosen army, as well as other exclusive digital content, including portraits, decals, sprays, emojis, and a special comic expanding the lore of the StarCraft universe. The Season 2 War Chest includes an even more expansive comic, new UI skins, and a co-op stim pack.

Players can purchase access to the War Chest for $9.99 (USD) per race or $24.99 (USD) for all three races. Part of the proceeds from each season will go into funding the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS). The Season 1 War Chest increased the prize pool for the 2017 WCS Global Finals at BlizzCon by $200,000, bringing the total prize pool to $700,000—the highest prize pool ever for a StarCraft II esports event.

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