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Battlenet WoW Account Merges – Bad For Everyone?

Posted by Stropp on October 30, 2009

[adsense_id="1"]MMOCrunch has a post about the time having come to merge my World of Warcraft account into Blizzard’s new Battlenet service. There’s still a bit of time though, since WoW won’t become unplayable without a Battlenet account until the 11th of November.

And since I unsubscribed from World of Warcraft some months ago, I have even more time. At least until I decide to resubscribe for Cataclysm, or buy Starcraft 2, or have some other reason.

But being the curious sort that I am, I decided to check out Blizzard’s FAQ on Battlenet. And quite honestly some of it disturbs me a little.

For one thing, it seems that Blizzard is recommending that players merge all their World of Warcraft  (as well as other game) accounts into one Battlenet account. They do say that players will still be able to play multiple WoW accounts simultaneously, but it’s what they don’t say that has me concerned.

There’s no mention of the permanence of the Battlenet account to game linkages. If I created a new BNet for a loved one or a friend account can I transfer one of my games to that?

If I create an account for Starcraft 2, and five years down the track having forgotten the account details, can I create a new account for that game? (I know this doesn’t happen for MMORPG games, but SC2 is a single player game and has a different audience for the most part.)

What happens if I get an account ban on one of my games. Does that ban extend to all the games on that Battlenet account, or even just all the same type of games? Does a ban on one WoW account shut down all my WoW games?

Another question: What are the criteria for a Battlenet account ban that closes everything down?

We’ve all heard the stories from players complaining that Blizzard has unfairly banned them, and how difficult (or impossible) it was to reinstate the account. While these stories often have to be taken with a teaspoon of salt, I’m certain that there have been a lot of wrongly terminated accounts that have not been reinstated.

Not only that, now all my games will be on a single logon which is also something I’m not comfortable with. While once, if you had multiple WoW accounts, it was hard for a hacker to break into more than one account, if a player gets hacked all their WoW, Starcraft, and Diablo 3 data is ripe for the picking.

This is one of the reasons I’ve always resisted those OpenID or Passport schemes. It reduces the fail point of your security to just one spot. I’d prefer to have multiple signons and keep track of them in a non-digital-non-online way.

While it will be a when-I-get-around-to-it event, I’ll definitely be transfering my WoW account at some point. But I won’t be putting all my games on the same Battlenet account. I’ll be creating a new account for each. It’s just a more secure option.

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  1. xXJayeDuBXx Said,

    I can understand your point of view, and it’s quite valid. I like that I was able to add both Diablo 2 and LOD with the cd-keys, so if I want I can just download the game at any time.

  2. Genda Said,

    I too have separate bNet accounts for each of my games. Why risk it? If there were a tangible benefit for combining them (shared ACCOUNT bank? Hell yea) I would definitely consider it. What’s done is done for now though.

    Seems like this was done a little more for Blizzard’s needs than for ours. Unless they are trying to surprise me with some benefit, which is just a dumb way to roll this out.

  3. Bluerobin Said,

    I’m with you on some of the downsides, like not being able to unlink/transfer games from one account to another. They mentioned that getting banned on one game wouldn’t affect the other games (don’t have a source for that =/).

    I feel like the pros REALLY outweigh the cons though. Some of the benefits are, unfortunately, yet to come, like being able to see/talk with friends when they’re playing other games, but JayeDuB up there mentioned a good one usable now with being able to download Diablo 2, Starcraft, etc, and play them whenever you want without the CDs. Really, if you’re that concerned about account security you should have an authenticator anyway, at which point it’s basically a non-issue.

  4. Slayer Said,

    Well heres a thought. What if you merge your account and somehow forget the username and password all together, but remember your wow account name and password. Blizard does not let you switch your merged wow account to a diffrent battle.net account. Nor do they allow you to un-merge your wow account. Its total BS in my opinion…

  5. Daniel Said,

    can some one help me plzz. i havent been on my account since before 2009. i made a battle. net account but when i try to merge the two accounts it says that the login was in valid but i know it is valid

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