Can I play Starcraft II with a friend if I have the free version?



  • I have the free version of StarCraft II (the one from Battle.net). Can I play StarCraft II with a friend — us against AI? How? His computer will be in the same network (IP) as mine.



  • Yes, you can play with your friends who bought the game ages ago.

    The base game itself became free some years ago. Since then, it's like you bought the game "Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty".

    Upon account creation, StarCraft II includes the following:

    • The complete Wings of Liberty campaign
    • Full use of Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis Co-Op Commanders, with all others available for free up to level five
    • Full access to custom games, including all races, AI difficulties, and maps
    • Unranked multiplayer, with access to Ranked granted after the first 10 wins of the day in Unranked or Versus A.I

    Once you reach level 10 with a Commander, level 15 with a race, or make any purchase, you can also access public chat channels, and join or create Clans and Groups. Making any purchase also grants the ability to publish custom maps.

    See also https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/27568 .

    As described, this includes custom games and unranked/ranked(after 10 unranked) games. It doesn't matter if your friend is in the same LAN or anywhere else as SC2 does not support local-only multiplayer. You need a internet connection to join/make games.

    Also, as far as I know you can play content from the expansions (Heart of the swarm and Legacy of the void) if your friend owns them [citation needed].


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