Blizzard Announces That StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War Are Now Free; Patch Notes 1.18 Detailed

Blizzard Entertainment has announced today that one of their legendary titles, StarCraft, will be going free starting today.

Blizzard took to the games official website to announce the game going free while releasing patch notes 1.18 for StarCraft: Brood War. Gamers who want to try both StarCraft and/or StarCraft: Brood War can click here.

Down below are StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes


  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over
  • Improved UI layout in sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in menus.
  • LAN and Legacy fixes.

Known Issues

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