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Steam Link

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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.
   
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Intro
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 Battle.net application. Do NOT select Battle.net 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 Battle.net in your Steam library.
  3. Right-click Battle.net.
  4. Click Properties.
  5. Change title from Battle.net 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.
Game
Copy Text
Diablo III
battlenet://D3
Hearthstone
battlenet://WTCG
Heroes of the Storm
battlenet://Hero
Overwatch
battlenet://Pro
StarCraft II
battlenet://S2
StarCraft Remastered
battlenet://SCR
Warcraft III: Reforged
battlenet://W3
World of Warcraft
battlenet://WoW
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
battlenet://VIPR
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
battlenet://ODIN
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: https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/3tfrv5/guide_how_to_use_steam_overlay_with_the_blizzard/
Changelog
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 Battle.net Desktop App to Blizzard App.
2016-07-24 - Initial version.
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82 Comments
GalacticViper Jun 22 @ 3:44pm 
Doesn't launch Starcraft 2, It just sits there and does nothing. I haven't tried any other games yet, but SC2 is what I use the most, so help with this would be awesome! thanks!
adroman Jun 13 @ 6:08pm 
Configured but still Right Click doesn't work in Starcraft 2, any Ideas how to fix?
Silver Peace Jun 8 @ 7:20am 
Streamed WoW on Windows 10 PC using MacOS Catalina 10.15.4
Work wondrously. Much appreciated for the guide! :steamhappy:
Bazooka Samurai May 16 @ 11:11am 
How would I enable controller support for Modern Warfare via this method?
Caldo May 1 @ 5:19am 
Anyone know how to do this with MW2R?
designamk1 Apr 2 @ 7:35pm 
Or you could just install moonlight which works better than steams remote play
CoD:MW Doesn't work anymore. Seems like an update from yesterday affected it
AlienOne Mar 1 @ 10:59am 
This is fantastic. Thanks so much for creating this guide. Totally works for me! YES!!! Finally!
sonofzeus48 Feb 29 @ 4:53pm 
Massive legend
Yogun-12 Feb 15 @ 6:56am 
Thanks a lot! :skybornhappy: