Hey there. This is Cloaken, the Community Manager for StarCraft II at Blizzard Entertainment. I wanted to take a few moments to talk to you about how you can play StarCraft II for free. We call it Starter Edition. If you ever wanted to try StarCraft II out before purchasing it, Starter Edition is exactly what you’re looking for, providing a comprehensive feel for what StarCraft II has to offer completely free. To get started, all you’ll need to do is create a Battle.net account. Just head over to http://battle.net and sign up. Once you’ve confirmed your account creation, download the StarCraft II client directly from your profile. Following the download prompts will begin the installation process. You can wait for the download to completely finish or if you want to jump in as soon as possible, simply login after the initial red data has been installed. Welcome to Starter Edition. You’re now online and connected with everyone else playing StarCraft II. On the left side you will find all of the same navigation options available in the paid version of the game, but let’s take a quick look through each to talk about what you can access, starting with “Campaign.” On the left side you’ll see your access to Wings of Liberty content including the tutorial and the first four campaign missions. On the far right, you can also access the two initial Basic and Advanced Challenge Missions. Lastly, If you’d like to get a quick glimpse of action in Heart of the Swarm, feel free to launch the opening cinematic here. From the Matchmaking menu, you’ll notice that Starter Edition grants you access to a single race currently set to Terran. While in Training mode, you’ll be able to play through all three Stages to get a solid start on the multiplayer experience. You can also access the 1vAI experience to practice against the entire spectrum of difficulty a computer opponent can offer you. In the final two categories, Unranked and Ranked, you’ll notice that access to the StarCraft II matchmaker is restricted to individuals who have paid for the retail version of the game. Custom Games include a variety of melee maps available to you by browsing the “Starter Edition” drop-down. Here you can create custom games with friends and practice against live opponents using the Starter Edition map pool. In the Arcade, Starter Edition users have access to all of the community-developed games currently featured here in the spotlight, along with the games that have been developed directly by the team here at Blizzard. You can find a complete list by browsing the “Starter Edition” category via the drop-down just like in Custom Games. We rotate featured games into and out of this list periodically, so check back often! There is always a fresh flow of content to be found from the talented developers that contribute to the Arcade environment. The last menu item on the home screen covers Replays. The functionality found here is virtually identical to the full version of the game, with the ability to watch any replay you’d like from Wings of Liberty or Heart of the Swarm. You can either watch solo or in a group. If you’d like to use some of the support features we’ve added for replays like “Take Command” or “Resume from Replay” a full license for the game is required. As far as social features go for Starter Edition, you will be able to create both Real ID and Battle Tag friends on your account with the ability to party up and chat with party members or chat directly with a friend through private messages. You can also browse and observe chat in public groups along with general chat channels, however the ability to create these channels and comment in them is reserved for full licensed users. In your account profile, you will have access to the first five levels of the Heart of the Swarm experience system, as well as all achievements and rewards that pertain to the areas of access we’ve mentioned in this video. With the experience system, you can unlock cool things to show off to other players like exclusive decals, and eventually things like portraits, dances, and unit skins. That pretty much covers everything about Starter Edition. It is an excellent way to get a feel for the complete StarCraft II experience. Of course, if at any time you would like to unlock the full potential in all of these features, as well as the epic campaign content for both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm you can always click the upgrade button located here to unlock the full game. In the meantime, you might also want to take a look at a social feature we call Spawning. Click the link below to find out more information on how grouping with your friends who already own StarCraft II can get you access to even more content for free. Thanks for watching this video, and feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might find a new passion for StarCraft. We’d love to have them join the community. I’m Cloaken and stay tuned for more from us at Blizzard Entertainment.