Do I need to keep paying after I buy the original CD of Starcraft 2?

I heard that the online part isn't free. Is this true? If this is the case, is it charged per hour or month? Do I need a "Premium account" or something like it?

If you could provide some info about what happens after you buy the original CD, it'd be appreciated.

Also: Is Steam needed at all or not?

  • I tried to make your question a little more clear and direct to the point. Could you check if I missed something you wanted ?
    – Michel
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 11:58
  • Thankyou for the edit, you changed the question from 'what is the system blizzard adapts for payement on online playing ' to ' do i have to pay after i buy an account ' .
    – A.H
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 13:00
  • More clear but, i need those negetive votes removed
    – A.H
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 13:01
  • I'm not the one who DV you ... I can't do anything about it. Try to improve the way you ask questions, so it'll help the vote issue (You have 3 questions that have being Down voteds (-5;-5;-6;)) You should try to create a question that you could answer. Try read it a couple of times before posting, also, try to use more markups tools (headers, html, bold, italic, blocks ...) may help you improve the questions that you make.
    – Michel
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 13:27
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    Starcraft 2 is free to play online except in very specific regions. Its not clear if youa re in one of thee regions, although if you were in those regions, you would know if because you would be directed to pay.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 15:25

2 Answers 2


You pay only once for Starcraft 2, you have to create a battlenet account if you don't have one and bind it to your starcraft. You have to download the Blizzard launcher and than start playing starcraft 2. It's not connected to valve's steam.

Once you paid it's free. The Addon is not free but once you bought it you can play online as much as you want.


Starcraft 2 is a game that you only pay for 1 time.

You can buy the game in a store where you take de box, cd..etc etc. and only (battlenet store) where you have the digital copy.

When you buy the game you have "access" to the Main story (or campaing), arcades mode, etc.. and online. That NOT requires to month payments as WoW.

And no, Blizzard has nothing to see with Steam. Are two different companies, with diferent platforms. Blizzard has his own launcher to launch his games you buyed.

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