Classic Blizzard games like Warcraft II and the original StarCraft offered a feature called “Spawning” that made the game easy to share, so players could invite friends to try the game and play together. We’ve introduced this feature into StarCraft II with a modern, online flavor.
With Spawning in StarCraft II, all you need to do is get your friends to download Starter Edition, and then join in a party with them online. As long as your Starter Edition friends are partied up with you, they’ll enjoy access to most of the multiplayer features you have as a full StarCraft II player. It’s that simple. Spawning also works if your friends have Wings of Liberty and you have Heart of the Swarm. Simply login to StarCraft II together and get in a party. Your friends will be able to enjoy the new Heart of the Swarm units that way.
This means you and your friends can watch replays together, play together against the AI, play any Arcade game, custom game, and even join the 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 ladder together. Your friends on Starter Edition will be restricted to playing as Terran in standard games and won’t have access to the campaign or 1v1 ladder. If they decide they want full access to the game, upgrading is a quick and simple process.
If you’ve ever wanted to introduce your friends to StarCraft II to play team games and the amazing breadth of Arcade games, Spawning is a quick and simple way to share the fun.