Blizzard’s Battle.net desktop app got a lot of new features which will give you new ways to connect with fellow Blizzard fans. The features include the brand new Social tab, the Blizzard Groups feature that you can use to form, well, a group, with people who regularly play games with you, player-to-player gifting if one of your friends is having a birthday and you want to give them a couple of Overwatch Loot Boxes as a present, profile and avatar customization, and finally, the ability to appear offline.
Let’s talk about the Social tab first. As you can guess from the name, it lets you be more social with the Battle.net desktop app, so players can chat with their friends and even form gaming groups with the Blizzard Groups feature. Even if your buddy is offline, you can send a message to them and they will receive it once they come back online again, and there will be a history of your chat if you want to see the entire conversation. This feature goes hand-in-hand with Blizzard’s mobile app so you can keep in touch even when you’re not on your computer. The groups that are created by Blizzard Groups will have more than one text and voice chat channels, and administrators have access to lots of tools which can be used to manage other members.
Next up we have Player Gifting. It’s quite a simple concept really, it allows anyone to buy and then send an in-game gift to one of their friends. You just need to go to the Shop tab and pick a certain gifting-enabled item (a Hearthstone pack for example) and then press the Gift button. Then just select who you want to send your gift to and you’re done.
One of the new features lets you customize your Battle.net profile and chose an avatar. Link your social media to your profile, share your thoughts with the About message, and pick an avatar that will show you and your gaming spirit to everyone in chats, groups, and so on. Lastly, we have the “Appear offline” feature. Basically, when you appear offline you can play your games without any distractions, as all of your friends will see you as offline both in the Battle.net app and in-game. You can still receive messages, but you get to decide when you respond to them!
These new features are quite a welcome addition to Blizzard’s Battle.net app. What are your thoughts on them? Let us know in the comments section below!