Starcraft 2 Spawning Lets You Play Without Owning the Game

Fans of Blizzard who’ve played games like the original Diablo, Warcraft 2, and Starcraft will no doubt be familiar with the concept of spawning. It’s a system which allows a player to use one game disc to spawn in another player who doesn’t own the game.

The concept has resurfaced with the latest update of Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, almost three years after the game’s release.

The system will allow players to ‘spawn up’ to the version of whoever’s hosting the gameā€”so if a Wings of Liberty player joins a party hosted by Heart of the Swarm, they will instantly get to play using the features and options of the newer, expanded game as long as they’re in a party together.

“For example, when a Starter Edition player joins a party with a Wings of Liberty-level player, both are instantly playing Wings of Liberty. When those two players then join a party with a Heart of the Swarm-level player, they all immediately gain access to Heart of the Swarm content, and they keep that access until their party no longer includes any higher-expansion level players,” wrote Blizzard in a statement on

To spawn in, all you need to do is download the Starter Edition of Starcraft 2 and play with a friend who owns a full version of the game, or its expansion.

The video below explains how it works in full detail.

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