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The arcade is a StarCraft II feature. It acts as a hub for finding custom maps.

In Patch 4.3, Blizzard introduced Premium Maps, allowing community mapmakers to sell their maps for a price.[1]

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.

Premium MapsEdit

Spotlighted MapsEdit


Main article: Arcade/development

The Arcade is a replacement for the Marketplace concept.[2] On May 12, 2012, the arcade became available for alpha testing for a select number of invitees.[3] It became available to players in general in June 2012.[4]

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.[5]

It was stated in 2015 that developers would be allowed to sell Arcade maps at a cost at a future date.[6] No content that was previously free would be commercialized.[7]


According to a poll conducted by Blizzard, 5% of StarCraft II players' primary interest in the game is in Arcade (as of January, 2017).[8]


  1. 2018-04-23. Coming to the Arcade: Direct Strike and ARK Star. Accessed 2018-04-23.
  2. 2011-10-24, Blizzard Arcade to replace Marketplace, monetise mods. VG24/7, accessed on 2014-05-18
  3. Tolkfan. 2012-05-12. Arcade alpha patch notes (1.5). Reddit. Accessed 2012-05-13.
  4. Daxxari. 2012-06-01. The Patch 1.5.0 Arcade Beta Has Begun. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-01.
  5. Daxxari. 2012-06-04. Patch 1.5 Arcade Beta - Rate The Game Contest. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2012-06-05.
  6. 2015-11-06, StarCraft II: The Future of StarCraft -- Panel Recap. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-11-10
  7. 2015-12-02, BlizzCon 2015 The Future of StarCraft II Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-12-14
  8. 2017-01-25, StarCraft on Twitter. Twitter, accessed on 2017-30-01

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