Can I still play Starcraft 1 multiplayer on Battle.Net?

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    You should be playing SC2 ;-)
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 9, 2010 at 16:51
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    @Ivo I bought SC1 so I wouldn't buy SC2, yet.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 9, 2010 at 16:57

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Yes, you can. You still have to have a valid SC1 account though. And it uses Classic Battle.Net, so you can't hook up with RealID friends from SC2 and WoW.


Blizzard has released Starcraft 1 for free. If you download that version (you'll probably need to login into your blizzard account in order to do so), you'll be allowed to login into battle net without any problems.

  • plus it now has it's launcher in the Bnet client
    – prout
    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:32
  • Plus for a few dollars there is a remastered version (16:9 resolution with improved graphics)
    – kosmos
    Jul 24, 2023 at 12:54
  • @kosmos yes, and easier to see burrowed lurkers! Talk about pay to win! /s Jul 24, 2023 at 12:58
  • I didn't play since 2000s so I don't remember if burrowed lurkers was harder to see compared with this graphic remastered version. I've payed ~9€ for the remastered version so almost everybody can play with better graphics (that was the point of the comment). I can't talk about "Pay to win" because I'm basically new to the game and, as far as I remember, everything seems equal. But the timer! Remastered version has a game timer that (I think) standard hasn't. Though it's an advantage only if you don't have a clock. Do you know more advantages between remastered and standard?
    – kosmos
    Jul 24, 2023 at 13:22

If you have Windows 9x or Windows XP, perhaps. I haven't been able to play Starcraft 1 for years, simply because I upgraded to Vista (then Win 7) as soon as it came out, and Starcraft 1's DirectDraw suffers massive miscolorization on the newer OS's. The only way I can play is within a tiny window of a virtual machine which I can't handle because my screen resolution is too high so the window is like 3 inches by 3 inches (no I couldn't get it to stretch with the VM software I was trying).

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    Sorry to hear that. Starcraft runs fine on my Win7 machine. It's a bit grainy perhaps but the colors are right. Have you tried the XP Virtual Machine in Win7? Actually, ask a question here about this, people might be able to get you running.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 11, 2010 at 10:18
  • XP Mode (VM) didn't work. Also tried VMWare Player and Oracle VirtualBox. Some of these run the game but none of these stretch to fill the screen. I have a 28-inch monitor @ 1920x1200. Bleh.
    – Dingbat
    Aug 12, 2010 at 0:56
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    It work fine on my Win7 -- just need to open Personalize->Display Settings dialogs (from the desktop's right-click menu) before launching the game.
    – Regent
    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:47
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    I play SC1 on lans under Ubuntu, via Wine. May 16, 2011 at 8:59

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