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StarCraft II
StarCraft II cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Windows July 27, 2010
macOS (OS X) July 27, 2010
Metacritic 93
Monetization Freeware
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Unlock
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series StarCraft
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StarCraft II 2010

General information

Starting from November 14, 2017, StarCraft II has gone free-to-play. Contents which are available for free:
  • The original Wings of Liberty campaign.
  • Ranked multiplayer ladder.
  • Access to the Arcade mode.
  • Current and upcoming co-op commanders up to a certain level.
Official technical support forum
Official forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
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Requires online authentication.
macOS (OS X)
All versions require DRM, as well as periodic online re-authentication every 30 days.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Heart of the Swarm Formerly standalone. Bundled in the Campaign Collection.
macOS (OS X)
Legacy of the Void Formerly standalone. Bundled in the Campaign Collection.
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 1 Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 2 Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.
macOS (OS X)
Nova Covert Ops Mission pack 3 Bundled in the Nova Covert Ops Bundle.
macOS (OS X)
Other DLC include individual co-op campaign commanders, skins for units and interface elements, and alternate announcers.

Essential improvements[edit]

StarCraft II code is optimized to run in 2 cores. If playing online matches with a CPU with multiples cores, it is recommended to set the core affinity to only 2 cores in the Task Manager.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Blizzard/StarCraft II/Accounts/

Default StarCraft II folder[edit]

There are also shortcuts in the StarCraft II folder that are named as account character names that you've already logged into from that computer, that link directly to that account's folder. This is handy for quick access to replays.
Local files are stored under %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Accounts\ - This folder contains:
  • Variables.txt - Stores several of your personal settings
  • Hotkey folder - Contains a file for each set of custom hotkeys you may have created up
  • Another folder that contains replays, saved games, screenshots and other locally saved data
The game is typically installed under C:\Program Files (x86)\StarCraft II\, where you can find:
  • StarCraft II Editor
  • StarCraft II Public Test - only used when a patch is in public testing
  • Under the Support folder, the Repair.exe tool that will repair file corruption - try this before reinstalling, it may save time
  • Other folders containing the game files, crash logs, and so on.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Locked to 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
May need to change resolution in %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\Variables.txt
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Called "Fullscreen (Windowed)" in-game.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Enable under Options, Gameplay.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Will use Windows' channel count.
Unit phrases are not included.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled or disabled.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
US, EU, and SEA
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2-12 Versus, Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724
UDP 1119, 6113, 1120, 80, 3724
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Devices Native Notes
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to download game data from Blizzard's servers[edit]

Disable Windows' firewall[citation needed]
Other firewalls may also block connection, including McAfee, Eset Nod 32 Antivirus & Smart Security and Norton Enterprise, disable or whitelist the whole installation folder for Starcraft to bypass

Jumping/jittery/lost mouse cursor (OS X)[edit]

There are a ton of threads that boil down to it being a problem with mouse acceleration screwing up when there is a high CPU load. The problem with turning mouse acceleration off is that StarCraft will turn it back on, even if you disable the option for OS mouse control override.

The solution is a program available here. This program turns off mouse acceleration in StarCraft II after the game boots.

Trouble installing game[edit]

If you receive an error similar to "The file <name of file> could not be written", follow this guide.
Run as administrator[2]

1) Right click the installer and choose Run as administrator (skip this step if using Windows XP).

2) Choose the installation options.

3) Once it begins installing, minimize the installer until the installation is completed.

Language Pack Issues[edit]

Language Pack Issues[citation needed]

If upon logging into you receive the error dialogue "You need an authorized language pack from blizzard entertainment to use this language" use the following instructions to modify variables.txt. Support Article

1) Locate variables.txt within your StarCraft II folder (specifically the one containing your accounts, replays and saves which is distinct from the folder of the same name containing the game installation).

The default in Windows is %USERPROFILE%\Documents\StarCraft II\

2) Open variables.txt in a text editor and locate the following lines (use control + f to search); localeidassets= and localeiddata=

In each of those lines insert your language code after the equals sign as follows:

{| class="wikitable"
! Region !! Code
| '''Americas''' ||
| American English || enUS
| Latin American Spanish || esMX
| Brazilian Portuguese || ptBR
| '''Europe''' ||
| German || deDE
| European English || enGB
| European Spanish || esES
| French || frFR
| Italian || itIT
| Polish || plPL
| Portuguese || ptPT
| Russian || ruRU
| '''Korea''' ||
| Korean || koKR
| '''Taiwan''' ||
| Traditional Chinese || zhTW
| '''Southeast Asia & Australia/New Zealand''' ||
| Southeast Asia English || enSG
Example: If you have the SEA version of the game:



3) Save the file and start the game to test.

If this does not fix the issue close the game then create a back up of the variables.txt file before deleting it.

Restart the game and attempt to login, this will automatically create a new variables.txt file and often fixes the issue although this method may require you to reset any customizations you have made to graphic, audio or control settings (your hotkeys are stored separately and are safe). If you need to reference your previous settings you can use the backup you made of variables.txt.

Deletion of the variables.txt file and re-creation should also resolve any issues with Region Limited licenses that have recently upgraded to Region Unlimited licenses.

Non-Steam Game Overlay[edit]

  • Some people have noted issues using StarCraft II with Steam, saying that upon leaving the Steam overlay, any commands issued would become waypointed instead of directly done and the game would act as if the Shift key was being held down.

This has been found to be as a result of the default Steam shortcut to enter the overlay - Shift + Tab, which makes StarCraft II assume the shift key is being held down. When the overlay is exited, the game does not note the lifting of the shift key, and assumes that the shift key is still being held, thus creating this issue. This can be fixed by changing the Steam shortcut to another key/key combination, such as Insert, Home or Insert+Home.

Alternative Non-Steam Game Overlay[edit]

Non-Steam Game Overlay[citation needed]
  1. Click on "Add a Non-Steam Game"
  2. Browse for SC2Switcher.exe in StarCraft II\Support\
  3. Add selected program


You will have to login every time you launch the game

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


StarCraft Mass Recall[edit]

StarCraft Mass Recall is a fan remake of the original StarCraft with the Brood War expansion in StarCraft II's engine.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum[3] Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista (latest service pack)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Intel HD Graphics 3000
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Support for Windows XP and Windows Vista will be dropped some time in 2017. The game will no longer run on these versions after this change.[4]
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5 (Latest Version)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
ATI Radeon HD 4670