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How to Play Blizzard Games on the Steam Link
By wolffenstein
Learn how to make Steam and Blizzard games get along.
It might seem easy to setup Blizzard games in Steam by adding them as non-Steam games, but often the Blizzard App opens up and Steam doesn't recognize it or the Steam overlay crashes when the game launches. So after doing some research, here's how you can get your Blizzard games to work friendly with Steam Big Picture Overlay, Steam In-Home Streaming, and the Steam Link. You'll need to do this guide on your host computer. That's the computer you select to stream from on your Steam Link.

Please note these instructions assumes Steam running on a Windows OS.
I cannot test if this guide can work on Mac, Linux, or Steam OS.
Configure Blizzard App
There's a couple settings that need to be changed so the Blizzard App behaves as how Steam expects launchers to work.
  1. Open the Blizzard App.
  2. Click the Blizzard icon at the top-left of the window.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the General tab, uncheck Launch Blizzard App when you start your computer.
  5. Change the "When I launch a game" setting to Exit Blizzard App completely.
  6. Uncheck Show a brief countdown instead of closing immediately.
  7. Click Done.
  8. Quit the Blizzard App.
Add Blizzard App to Steam
This isn't as straight-forward as it seems, so please read the directions carefully.
  1. From the main Steam window, click Games at the top-left of the window.
  2. Click Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library...
  3. Click the Browse... button at the bottom of the window.
  4. Navigate to where your Blizzard App is installed.
    • On 32-bit OSes, the default location is C:\Program Files\Blizzard App
    • On 64-bit OSes, the default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Blizzard App
  5. Click the application. Do NOT select Launcher.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Add Selected Programs.
Edit Blizzard App Properties in Steam
  1. Copy the text corresponding to your game from the Copy Text column of the table below.
  2. Find in your Steam library.
  3. Right-click
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Change title from to your game's title.
  6. In the Target field, insert a space after the last quotation mark and paste the text from Step 1.
  7. Click Close.
Copy Text
Diablo III
Heroes of the Storm
StarCraft II
StarCraft Remastered
Warcraft III: Reforged
World of Warcraft
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Play the Game Through Steam
If you followed these instructions correctly, you now can play Blizzard games with the Steam overlay working properly. Test on your computer first. Launch the game from the Steam library and the Blizzard App should launch. Click the Play button. Your game should get a pop-up indicating the Steam overlay works. If it does not, restart these directions and read carefully.

Steam can handle an update to your game, though you might get latency and stuttering during the download. If there's an update to the Blizzard App, I recommend exiting the app and updating it manually via your host computer.

Source for guide information:
2020-10-19 - Added Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Thanks to gamingdominari.
2020-01-29 - Added Warcraft III: Reforged. Thanks to Riddy.
2019-10-28 - Added Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Thanks to Bandow. Removed Destiny 2.
2018-10-15 - Added Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Thanks to 𝒞𝒶𝓇𝓅𝑒.
2017-10-26 - Added Destiny 2 with a warning.
2017-08-15 - Added StarCraft Remastered but can't verify if it works for full game (I don't own it).
2017-06-30 - Clarified game launch behavior. Changed game/app update recommendations.
2017-04-05 - Renamed Desktop App to Blizzard App.
2016-07-24 - Initial version.
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mefuri Mar 10 @ 10:00am 
Ay yo anyone know the parameter for the blizzard:// protocol for MW2 campaign remastered?
Omen Mar 6 @ 5:51pm 
Black ops cold war doesn't work at all
Mr-Kyzz Feb 23 @ 9:53am 
Same here. This isn't working for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with ps5 controller and have followed the steps exactly
GamingNurse Jan 16 @ 4:14pm 
trying to play COD Cold war with ps5 controller but this isnt wokring, pretty sure i followed everything
GamingNurse Jan 16 @ 4:11pm 
any updates on how to get this to work again?
Fargotroniac Jan 12 @ 4:03am 

Great tutorial, but I have a question. I tried to add the game (World of Warcraft) in another way. When choosing the game, I didn't enter , but chose C: // Program Files / World of Warcraft / World of Warcraft Launcher.exe and I think it works as well. I did not make any other adjustments (except for the client settings).

I would also like to know if running World of Warcraft over steam can have a bigger impact on gaming performance.
PolgiaMatta Dec 30, 2020 @ 2:04am 
confirm controller not working properly
Bjorgen Dec 28, 2020 @ 9:38pm 
I'm able to get into the games but am not able to use the controller as expected. Has anyone had any luck using the controller? Dec 20, 2020 @ 12:04pm 
How do you find those battlenet://"" text from the chart? Im trying to do this with cod warzone. Thanks
StarrHD++ Nov 28, 2020 @ 3:31pm 
it doesnt work for cold war anymore @supersamzr and the codename changed to codbocw from the updated guide in the link above