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

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    You should be playing SC2 ;-)
    – Ivo Flipse
    Aug 9 '10 at 16:51
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    @Ivo I bought SC1 so I wouldn't buy SC2, yet.
    – C. Ross
    Aug 9 '10 at 16:57

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
    – gl_prout
    Jun 8 '18 at 7:32

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 '10 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 '10 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 '10 at 11:47
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    I play SC1 on lans under Ubuntu, via Wine. May 16 '11 at 8:59

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