Blizzard’s own online server for multiplayer games has always been known as Battle.net. So it came as a shock when the company said recently that it is considering moving away from the name. However, Blizzard Entertainment has gone ahead and renamed its online gaming network. The name sounds familiar, for the most part: It’s now called Blizzard Battle.net.
“When we announced that we’d be transitioning away from the Battle.net name for our online-gaming service, we suspected that the shift would be challenging,” the company wrote on its website. “We understood that Battle.net stood for something special — it represents years of shared history and enjoyment, community and friendship, for all of us and our players.”
Blizzard caused a slight stir when it dropped Battle.net in favor of a more generic name: Blizzard, or the Blizzard app. But that name change became more confusing this past spring, when Activision announced that it would bring Destiny 2 to the service. The publisher referred to it not as the Blizzard app, but as Battle.net once more — leaving some to think that Blizzard had gone back to the original name.
That wasn’t the case then, but it is now. “Moving forward, to help offset some of the original concerns we listed back in September, we will be connecting ‘Blizzard’ to ‘Battle.net’ in our logo for the service and in general when we refer to it in print: Blizzard Battle.net,” the company said. There’s even a new logo to officially ring in the change.