Ever since steam allowed to add non steam games to it that it become my gaming hub having all my games there ready to be launched.
There’s many ways to add blizzard games to steam, but I’ve made bnetlauncher to be the simplest method while retaining the benefits of automatic login.
- Extract the included exe to any location you want (ex: steam folder)
- Add the exe to steam as a non-steam game shortcut
- On the shortcut properties open Set Launch Options… and add one of the following codes:
code game wow World of Warcraft wowclassic World of Warcraft Classic wowptr World of Warcraft Public Test Realm d3 Diablo 3 d3ptr Diablo 3 Public Test Realm hs Heartstone ow Overwatch owptr Overwatch Public Test Realm sc2 Starcraft 2 hots Heroes of the Storm scr Starcraft Remastered w3 Warcraft 3: Reforged dst2 Destiny 2 (Overlay will not work!!! See notes below) codbo4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 codmw2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
The result should look something like this:
Additionally, can also use Change Icon to use the icon of the game you’re adding. If you’re still unsure how it should work you can watch a video bellow of bnetlauncher in action:
Bungie has decided to implement anti-cheat mechanisms that also cause most overlays to not work as expected.
Note: Destiny 2 is moving to steam on the 1st of October so bnetlauncher and workaround should no longer be required.
In case of problems logging can be enabled by creating a enablelog.txt file inside
%localappdata%\madalien.com\bnetlauncher\, you can open the location by pasting the path into explorer or the run dialog in windows (WinKey+R)
- Launching WoW Classic and PTR version of game depends on the client gaining focus for bnetlauncher to send a keypress to it so it will launch the game. Not letting the Battle.net client gain focus will break the functionality.
- Destiny 2 will not have Steam Overlay or any associate features when using bnetlauncher. This is intended by Bungie and cannot be fixed. Steam Input users can and should use https://alia5.github.io/GloSC/ to work around it.
- Slow computers might take too long causing to bnetlauncher to think something went wrong, see aditional options on how to use –timeout to fix it.
- Enabling multiple instances of battle.net client in it’s options might break bnetlauncher functionality.
- Users of MSI Afterburner, Fraps and other overlay software might experience crashes do to incompatibility with their own overlay and steam’s, to solve the issue disable the 3rd party application overlay.
- The game, bnetlauncher and steam must all have the same running permissions to work properly, this means if one of them is running has Administrator/Elevated Permissions, then all of them must also be run has Administrator/Elevated Permissions.
- It’s not possible to automatically launch games with a specific region set. The client provides no direct option to do this, however a workaround can be done by creating a new game entry and the nolaunch option and manualy selecting the region before clicking play.
- Battle.net client “ads” will interfere with the PTR and WoW Classic wow launch, when it happens user will need to press the play button manually to continue the game launch.
- Default launching the client trough a scheduled task may be incompatible with some setups, workaround is
- Starting multiple copies of Startcraft Remastered may cause bnetlauncher to show an error since the game only allows one instance to be run at the same time.
- There’s no built in routine to clean up the log files if they pile up (logging is disabled by default)
There’s also the following additional options provided by command line switches:
--timeout <seconds>, -t <seconds>changes how many seconds it tries to look for the game before giving an error (15 seconds by default).
--notask, -nstarts the launcher directly instead of trying to use a scheduled task
--leaveopen, -lleaves the client open after launcher the game. If combined with
--notaskoption it will show you as playing on steam until you close the client.
To remove all traces of bnetlauncher from your system:
- type ‘Task Scheduler’ in start menu and open it, expand library and delete bnetlauncher folder to remove the tasks used to start the client
%localappdata%\madalien.comin start menu and open the folder, delete bnetlauncher folder to remove log and gamedb.ini files
- Windows 7 SP1 or above (Only really tested on Windows 10)
- .Net Framework 4.6.1 (already included in Windows 10 November Update [Version 1511] or above). Download link: https://www.microsoft.com/net/download/dotnet-framework-runtime
internet coder Maruf for ghost tray icon fix code github Ethan-BB for the new parameters to launch games on battle.net.
github RobFreiburger and iMintty for Starcraft Remastered and Destiny 2 support respectively.
/u/fivetwofoureight for creating and allowing me to use his icon. /u/malecden, Maverick, /u/sumphatguy and others for their help pointing out bugs.