Go Live on Facebook and share your epic moments!
• We've added a Streaming button to the top right of the app window. The first time you press the button, you'll be prompted to log in to Facebook and authorize Blizzard Entertainment to post on your behalf. We will never:
• Post or share anything on your network without your permission.
• Share your real name with anyone outside your Facebook network
• After that, you'll access the Streaming Control Panel. where you can customize your stream if you'd like.
• In Settings, you can access more options for your hotkey, web., and audio preferences.
• Once you launch the game of your choice. start your stream by clicking the Start Stream button, or by tapping your hotkey (default is Ctrl + F1). You'll see the Live overlay on the top left of your screen.
• You can end your stream by pressing the hotkey, again, or by clicking the Stop Stream button on the Streaming Control Panel. Note: Streaming Is not supported on Windows XP, Additionally, users with low-end systems may hove problems streaming. Quality Settings
• In the Streaming Settings. you can adjust the quality of your stream. The default option is set to Medium (720p. 30 FPS. 3.0 Mbps). Note: Higher quality settings are more demanding on your computer and refereed connection. In-Game Overlay
• You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings. Webcam Settings
• You can adjust the position of the in-game overlay (or simply disable it) in the Streaming Settings. Audience Selection
• You can manage the audience and visibility of each Stream using the Audience selector in the Streaming Control Panel.
• You can post your streams to your timeline. If you manage a Facebook Page, you can post streams there, too.
• You can adjust the maximum Audience level in your Ape Settings on Facebook. To modify the Audience for your stream:
• Visit https://facebook.com/settings/
• Select Apps.
• Select the Blizzard Entertainment app.
• Adjust the App visibility and post audience.
• Return to the battle.net desktop app.
• Close and reopen your Streaming Control Panel.
• Your Audience selector will be updated to reflect the available audiences for your Streams. Known Issues
• Streaming Is not yet available for Mac
• The webcem can't be used for streaming if it's in use by another application.
• Games may experience a slightly lower frame rate while streaming.
• Streaming on slower Internet connections may interfere with streams and computer performance
• Watching your own stream on Facebook with the capture system sounds option selected may create a sound feedback loop unless the live video is muted on Facebook.
• Links on the Facebook login dialog do not work. If you need to reset your Facebaok password, use a web browser to visit http://facebook.com
Blizzard games are best when played with friends, and new Facebook integration features such as Facebook Login and Live API will make that easier than ever.
Facebook’s collaboration with Blizzard reflects the global social network’s commitment to supporting world-class entertainment experiences
Blizzard Entertainment and Facebook are working together to provide gamers around the world with new ways to connect and share their gaming experiences, while bringing more high-demand entertainment content to Facebook’s global platform.
“Blizzard has a passionate community of players, and an incredible track record for launching innovative and high-quality gaming experiences”
The companies announced today that a major step in their ongoing collaboration will begin later this month with the integration of Facebook Login in Blizzard’s PC games. This will enable players to sign up for and log in to games such as World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, Hearthstone®, Diablo® III, StarCraft® II, and Blizzard’s most recent blockbuster release, Overwatch®, using their Facebook accounts.
Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook’s capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook’s Live API in order to create its own “Go Live” streaming functionality for its games. When this functionality is implemented, players will for the first time be able to livestream their Blizzard-gaming sessions directly to their Facebook timelines, and friends will be able to subscribe and be notified when new streams are available.
“Blizzard games are best when played with friends, so it’s important to us to provide our players with features and services that make it easy and fun to share their experiences with each other,” said Gio Hunt, executive vice president of corporate operations at Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch, as well as our other games, and we look forward to sharing further details on our plans as development progresses.”
As part of the collaboration between the two companies, Blizzard recently hosted multiple livestreams via Facebook. The first series of streams centered on Heroes of the Dorm™, Blizzard’s collegiate tournament featuring its popular team-brawler Heroes of the Storm. Last week, Blizzard hosted a livestreamed launch event for Overwatch on Facebook.
“Blizzard has a passionate community of players, and an incredible track record for launching innovative and high-quality gaming experiences,” said Leo Olebe, global games partnerships director at Facebook. “Our collaboration on Overwatch demonstrates Facebook’s commitment to partnering with AAA game companies, while further empowering Blizzard gamers to connect and share the content they’re most passionate about with the friends they play with around the world.”
In preparation for the Overwatch launch, Facebook worked with Blizzard on a comprehensive mix of Facebook and Instagram marketing solutions—including Carousel ads, Canvas, and Instagram Marquee. Using the platforms’ powerful targeting capabilities, Facebook helped Blizzard present the game to a broad set of gaming and entertainment audiences within Facebook’s and Instagram’s global audiences of 1.65 billion and 400 million people respectively. On Facebook, more than 650 million people play games connected to Facebook every month across web, mobile, and console.
Overwatch is a dynamic team-based shooter in which players choose from a cast of 21 diverse heroes—each with their own unique arsenal of extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities—and battle to complete objectives in various locations across a near-future earth. The game is available now for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows® PC in English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean (PC only), Japanese (PC and PS4™ system only), and traditional and simplified Chinese (PC only). The game has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.
For more information about Overwatch, visit the official website. For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit Blizzard’s press site at blizzard.gamespress.com/overwatch.