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The arcade is a innovation in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. It is an improved hub for finding custom games, both free and paid.[1] Developers will be allowed to sell Arcade maps at a cost at a future date.[2] No content that was previously free will be commercialized.[3]

Participating in the Rate the Game contest, which involved playing and rating a custom game, gave a chance to access the StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta. Blizzard randomly chose 250 eligible contestants for a beta key.[4]

Notable ReleasesEdit

Main article: Arcade maps

The following is a list of notable arcade releases—all of these have been spotlighted or released by Blizzard.


Main article: Arcade/development

The Arcade is a replacement for the Marketplace concept.[5] On May 12, 2012, the arcade became available for alpha testing for a select number of invitees.[6] It became available to players in general in June 2012.[7]


  1. Nethaera. 2011-10-22. StarCraft II – Blizzard DOTA & Mod Tools Panel. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2011-10-22.
  2. 2015-11-06, StarCraft II: The Future of StarCraft -- Panel Recap. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-11-10
  3. 2015-12-02, BlizzCon 2015 The Future of StarCraft II Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-12-14
  4. Daxxari. 2012-06-04. Patch 1.5 Arcade Beta - Rate The Game Contest. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-05.
  5. 2011-10-24, Blizzard Arcade to replace Marketplace, monetise mods. VG24/7, accessed on 2014-05-18
  6. Tolkfan. 2012-05-12. Arcade alpha patch notes (1.5). Reddit. Accessed 2012-05-13.
  7. Daxxari. 2012-06-01. The Patch 1.5.0 Arcade Beta Has Begun. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-01.

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