StarCraft, Blizzard’s genre-defining RTS game, is turning 20 this month, and Blizzard is celebrating in style. Every Blizzard game is taking part, from Overwatch to Hearthstone, in the form of skins and special cards inspired by StarCraft. It’s a neat form of tribute that also ensures players who aren’t big StarCraft fans can still get in on the fun. After all, who doesn’t like exclusive free stuff?
StarCraft’s actual anniversary is March 31st, but Blizzard has goodies planned for the whole month of March. It all leads up to a special Anniversary Stream on the 30th, where Blizzard promises that fan-favorite StarCraft personalities will join in on a special Twitch stream to celebrate the game. Following that is StarCraft is Life: A Celebration, a tribute that looks back on the memories and moments StarCraft has created over 20 years. Fans will certainly appreciate the love and nostalgia, but what about the free stuff?
Well, players of StarCraft: Remastered can log in now to get a special 20th Anniversary UI Skin. StarCraft II fans can get a UI Skin for each race, as well as a Portrait and Decal. Diablo III is next up with Dominion’s Revenge, a special Pet that looks like a StarCraft Battlecruiser. Overwatch players who log in between March 6th and April 3rd will get the Sarah Kerrigan Ghost skin for sniper hero Widowmaker.
The other gifts come a little later in the month, starting with a Hearthstone event on the 21st. Players who play a StarCraft-themed Tavern Brawl will get three Kobolds & Catacombs packs. Heroes of the Storm contributes with three Portraits of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. Finally, World of WarCraft appropriately has players doing some fun role-play to celebrate StarCraft. If you salute one of the StarCraft companion pets, the Zergling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Baneling, or Zeradar, you get a Feat Of Strength called “Salute to StarCraft.”
And that will wrap up what is sure to be an exciting month for Blizzard fans. Kudos to Blizzard for not only honoring its game across all of its franchises, but getting the fans involved via the Twitch stream and video tribute. Other companies could certainly learn from this fan-friendly approach. This is how you instill a sense of pride and accomplishment in your fanbase.