now allows you to make friends around the world, but games are still region-locked

By Dom Peppiatt
11 June 2023 00:51 GMT

Blizzard has issued an update to its launcher that lets you add friends from around the world — though its own games will still be region-locked.

In an update added on June 9, Blizzard removed restrictions from the launcher that prevented players from adding friends outside of their home region (thanks, Wowhead).

Any friends that you do add that come from another region will have their location listed in your friends list, under their user name. Despite these steps forward, you’re still unable to play with friends from overseas regions, though (mostly thanks to the regional servers that Blizzard makes use of in its high-profile multiplayer games).

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“ is a place for players to engage with their games and connect with each other. Now, we’re taking those connections global!” the company said in its latest patch notes for It also said:

  • Starting June 8, 2023, your friends in Europe, Americas, and Asia will be merged into a global friends list.

  • You can chat, create groups, and see what your friends are playing–all in one place.

There’s no word on when Blizzard may allow players to join games with players from other regions, but with this update, there seems to be renewed hope across multiple Blizzard communities that – someday – the international cordons will come down.

We recently heard that Blizzard lost around 2 million players during the last financial quarter, so it seems the company needs to do whatever it can to attract new fans – or tempt lapsed players back.

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