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Battle.net API Terms of Use

Last updated November 5, 2015

These API Terms of Use are a binding agreement between Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. ("Blizzard") and You. BY CLICKING "I ACCEPT", YOU (A) EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THESE API TERMS OF USE AND UNDERSTAND THE RIGHTS, OBLIGATIONS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN; (B) EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS; (C) GRANT BLIZZARD THE RIGHTS SET FORTH HEREIN, AND (D) REPRESENT THAT YOU ARE OF LEGAL AGE TO FORM A BINDING CONTRACT. IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTING AN ENTITY, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT THESE API TERMS OF USE ON BEHALF OF SUCH ENTITY. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THESE API TERMS OF USE, YOU ARE NOT GRANTED A LICENSE AND MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE BATTLE.NET API, THE DATA OR THE DEVELOPER SITE.

1. Battle.net APIs. The Battle.net APIs are a group of application programming interfaces ("Battle.net APIs") created by or on behalf of Blizzard which allow licensees to retrieve certain data regarding Blizzard's customers, Battle.net and/or certain of Blizzard's games available through Battle.net ("Data") with the use of an alpha numeric key ("API Key") provided to You by Blizzard. Blizzard makes the Battle.net APIs available for free to qualified licensees subject to the following obligations, terms and conditions, including Blizzard's right to limit, suspend or terminate any or all of the Battle.net APIs entirely or Your access to them and/or to the website located at dev.battle.net ("Developer Site") at any time and without notice.

2. API and Data License. Subject to Your strict adherence to these API Terms of Use, Blizzard grants You a limited, non-exclusive, royalty free, non-assignable, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, revocable right and license for Your use of the Battle.net API Key solely to access the Battle.net APIs, implement the Battle.net APIs in conjunction with Your client libraries, desktop applications, services and daemons such as websites and web services, scripts and applications and/or utilities that You register when You request an API Key("Application(s)"), and distribute the Data to players for their personal use via Your Application. You may not use the API Key or the Data for any Applications that have not been registered with Blizzard or for any other purpose. Also, although this license is free for You to use at this time, Blizzard reserves the right to charge a fee for their use in the future. This license is subject to the following restrictions:

  • a. Applications may not charge premiums to use the APIs. "Premium" versions of Applications offering additional for-pay features are not permitted, nor can players be charged money to download an Application, charged for services related to the Application, or otherwise be required to offer some form of monetary compensation to download or access an Application when those features use the APIs. Applications may not include interstitials soliciting donations before features or functionality becomes available to the player.

  • b. Applications may not contain offensive material. Applications may not be associated with nor contain any content that is unlawful, tortious, defamatory, obscene, invasive of the privacy of another person, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, racist or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate, as determined by Blizzard in Blizzard's sole discretion. Applications should only contain content appropriate for the ESRB rating for the related game(s). For example, World of Warcraft has been rated "T for Teen" by the ESRB, and has received similar ratings from other ratings boards around the world and any Application using or displaying Data related to World of Warcraft shall be suitable for a "T for Teen" audience.

  • c. Applications must not negatively impact Blizzard games, services, or other players. Applications must perform no function which, in Blizzard's sole discretion, negatively impacts the performance of Blizzard games or services, or otherwise negatively affects the game for other players.

  • d. Applications may not target users under 13 years of age. Applications should not be designed for nor marketed to users under the age of 13 years of age.

  • e. You are the one responsible for Your Application. You are fully responsible and liable for all activities that occur using Your API Key and Your Application, regardless of whether such activities are undertaken by You or a third party.

  • f. You may not use the Battle.net APIs or Data for marketing or monetization purposes. You may not use the Battle.net APIs or Data to market or promote Your or a third party's products or services. You may not display or reference the Data in any advertising or promotion or use the Data to target any advertising or promotion. You may not sell, license or otherwise transfer any Data (including anonymous, aggregate or derived data) to any ad network, data broker or other advertising or monetization-related service.

  • g. You may not sell or license the Data to any party. The Data is for Your use to enhance the experience of the players of Blizzard's games and You are not allowed to sell, license or otherwise transfer the Data to any third party.

  • h. You may not integrate the Data into a physical product. The Data should be dynamically available to the public and should not be integrated into any physical product. Doing so could prevent or hinder the deletion of the Data should Blizzard or a user so request.

  • i. The Battle.net APIs and Data are provided "as is". You understand and agree that the Battle.net APIs, the Data, the Developer Site are being provided "as is" and Blizzard makes no guarantee of the availability of any data, functionality, or feature provided by or through the Battle.net APIs or Developer Site and is not required to provide any technical or other support services to You or any user of any Application. In addition, Blizzard may at any time revoke access to the Battle.net API or Developer Site or disable part or all of any API or the Developer Site without any warning or notice.

  • j. Keep Your API Key Confidential. You shall keep Your API Key confidential, and not share it with any third party. You may not sell, sublicense or otherwise transfer or disclose Your API Key to any other party. You agree to notify Blizzard immediately if You believe that Your API Key has been compromised and You agree that You will be responsible for the use of Your API Key.

  • k. Blizzard is the source of the Data, but does not endorse Applications. You shall clearly and conspicuously identify Blizzard in Your Application as the source of the Data, and You shall do it in such a way which makes it not appear that Blizzard is endorsing or affiliated with Your Application. Additionally, Your Application shall not contain any of Blizzard's trademarks as a part of its title or URL.

  • l. Do not reverse engineer or interfere with the Battle.net APIs. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble any Battle.net API, or otherwise attempt to derive source code, trade secrets or know-how in any Battle.net API; or interfere with, modify, disrupt or disable features or functionality of any Battle.net API, including without limitation any means used to circumvent any software protection or monitoring mechanisms of the Battle.net APIs;

  • m. You must protect the Data. You must use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure of the Data. If You determine or have reason to believe that the Data has been accessed, disclosed or otherwise leaked to any unauthorized party, You must immediately notify Blizzard within 24 hours of all circumstances related to the unauthorized access, disclosure or leak, and cooperate fully with Blizzard in rectifying the breach.

  • n. You must have a Privacy Policy. You will post a privacy policy governing the use of the Data, which shall be consistent with Blizzard's privacy policy.

    • i) The privacy policy shall provide that the Data is provided to players on an "as is" basis consistent with the disclaimers in Section 7;

    • ii) You shall not collect, use, store or disclose any player's personal information or data in any manner that violates applicable laws, rules or regulations. If You do collect, use or store any player's personal information, You must inform them of such use and that it is subject to Your privacy policy;

    • iii) You shall not collect, store or otherwise intercept a player's Battle.net password; and

    • iv) You will strictly abide by Your privacy policy in handling the Data.

     

  • o. You may not data mine Blizzard. Except as permitted through use of the Battle.net APIs, You will not perform any data-mining, scraping, crawling, or use any robot, other automatic processes that send automated queries to Battle.net or any Blizzard game, or use any other similar methods or tools to gather or extract data other information from Battle.net or any Blizzard game.

  • p. You may not use the Battle.net APIs excessively. You are limited to thirty six thousand (36,000) calls to the Battle.net API per hour or such other limitation as Blizzard may deem appropriate. If You exceed this limitation or otherwise operate the Application in a manner that degrades the performance of the Battle.net APIs, Battle.net or Blizzard's games, Blizzard may suspend or terminate Your access to the Battle.net APIs. You may not use other third-party services to make additional requests on Your behalf.

3. Your License to Blizzard. You grant Blizzard a non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty free right and license to use the Application and to distribute and publicly display it and the Data compiled and arranged by it. You also grant Blizzard the right to monitor or collect data related to Your use of the Battle.net API to ensure Your compliance with these API Terms of Use and to use as Blizzard may otherwise deem appropriate.

4. Independent Contractors. You and Blizzard are independent contractors, and nothing in these API Terms of Use shall be construed as creating an employer-employee relationship, a partnership, or a joint venture. While You may publicly refer to the fact that You have implemented the Battle.net APIs, You agree not to make any other public statements that assert or imply any other relationship with Blizzard, unless You have Blizzard's prior written approval.

5. Representations and Warranties. You represent and warrant to Blizzard that: (a) You have the power and authority to enter into and carry out this agreement regarding these API Terms of Use; (b) if You are entering into these API Terms of Use on behalf of an entity, You have the power and authority to cause such entity to enter into this agreement regarding these API Terms of Use; (c) the information You provided in Registering on the Developer Site is true and correct; (d) Your Application does not and will not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party; and (e) Your Applications comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

6. Indemnity. You agree to hold harmless and indemnify Blizzard, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third party claim arising from or in any way related to Your or Your users' use of Your Application, the Battle.net APIs or Data, Your breach of these API Terms of Use including, but not limited to any representations or warranties, or other actions connected with the use of the Battle.net APIs, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees, of every kind and nature.

7. NO WARRANTY. BLIZZARD PROVIDES THE BATTLE.NET APIs, DATA, AND DEVELOPER SITE "AS IS," AND "AS AVAILABLE," AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, BLIZZARD MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. BLIZZARD EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS, STATUTORY AND IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION (A) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, ACCURACY, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, NO ENCUMBRANCES, NO LIENS AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, (B) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS ARISING THROUGH COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE, AND (C) WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE ACCESS OR USE.

8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. IN NO EVENT WILL BLIZZARD BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, BASED ON, OR RESULTING FROM THESE API TERMS OF USE OR YOUR USE OF THE BATTLE.NET APIs, DATA, OR DEVELOPER SITE EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM (A) BREACH OF CONTRACT, (B) BREACH OF WARRANTY, (C) NEGLIGENCE, OR (D) ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THESE API TERMS OF USE, OR YOU HAVE ANY DISPUTE OR CLAIM AGAINST BLIZZARD WITH RESPECT TO THESE API TERMS OF USE, THE BATTLE.NET APIs, THE DATA OR THE DEVELOPER SITE, THEN YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE BATTLE.NET APIs, DATA AND DEVELOPER SITE.

9. Intellectual Property. Blizzard is the owner or licensee of all right, title, and interest in and to the Battle.net API, Data and the Developer Site, and all features and components thereof. All rights not explicitly granted in these API Terms of Use are reserved to Blizzard.

  • a. Blizzard owns all right, title and interest (including all intellectual property rights) in and to the Battle.net APIs, including all output and executables of the Battle.net APIs, and including any modifications to or derivatives of the Battle.net APIs. You agree to abide by all applicable intellectual property laws and other laws with respect to their use. Except to the extent of any license granted herein by Blizzard to You, these API Terms do not grant to You any right, title, or interest in any intellectual property owned or licensed by Blizzard, including but not limited to the Blizzard APIs, the Developer Site, the Data nor any derivatives of them.

  • b. You acknowledge and agree that Blizzard may independently develop other applications and/or websites through its use of the Blizzard APIs and/or Data or otherwise which may be identical or similar to Your Applications in function, code or other characteristics. You agree that, to the extent any similarity is based upon the Blizzard API and/or Data, You will have no ownership or intellectual property rights in such applications and/or websites. You further acknowledge and agree that any application and/or website developed by Blizzard and using the Blizzard APIs and/or Data that may be identical or similar to Your Application in function, code or other characteristics will not be deemed to violate any of Your rights in Your Application, and that any such characteristics are coincidental in nature. In this regard, You expressly grant to Blizzard a limited, non-exclusive license in and to any proprietary rights You may hold in any Application for purposes of developing, using and exploiting any application and/or website developed by Blizzard using the Blizzard APIs and/or Data.

  • c. You hereby irrevocably assign and agree to irrevocably assign, without charge, all intellectual property rights relating to oral and written comments and suggestions provided by You relating to the Blizzard APIs, Data or Developer Site ("Feedback") and You will take all actions deemed necessary by Blizzard in order for Blizzard to record, perfect and maintain its right in and to all Feedback.

10. Changes. Blizzard reserves the right to change the API Terms of Use, and You are responsible for regularly reviewing these API Terms of Use. Your continued use of the Battle.net API and/or Data after the effective date of such changes will constitute acceptance of and agreement to any such changes. If You don't agree with any such changes, or to any of the terms in these API Terms of Use, Your only remedy is to discontinue using the Battle.net API, and Data. Blizzard may suspend or discontinue the Battle.net API at any time to You and/or to others, without notice.

11. Termination.

  • a. Blizzard may change, suspend or discontinue the Battle.net API and suspend or terminate Your use of the Battle.net API, Data and/or Developer Site at any time for any reason, without notice. If Blizzard suspends or terminates Your use of the Battle.net API, Data and/or Developer Site, you must immediately cease using the Battle.net API and Data from Your Application, and delete all copies of the Data in your possession or under your control;

  • b. You may also terminate these API Terms of Use by ceasing to use the Battle.net API, Data and Developer Site and removing implementation of the Battle.net API and Data from Your Application, and deleting all copies of the Data in your possession or under your control.

  • c. If any individual requests that you cease using their Data, either by making a request to You directly, making a request through Blizzard, or requesting that their account be de-linked from Your Application, you must immediately cease using the Battle.net API and Data from Your Application, and delete all copies of the individual's Data in your possession or under your control.

12. Choice of Law; Disputes. These API Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the State of California. You agree to submit to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts sitting in Orange County, California for any and all disputes, claims and actions arising from or in connection with the Battle.net API, Data, and/or these API Terms of Use. In any dispute arising under these API Terms of Use, the prevailing party will be entitled to attorneys' fees and expenses.

13. Equitable Remedies. You agree that Blizzard would be irreparably damaged if the terms of these API Terms of Use are not specifically followed and enforced. In such an event, You agree that Blizzard shall be entitled, without bond, other security, or proof of damages, to appropriate equitable remedies if You breach these API Terms of Use; and that the awarding of equitable remedies to Blizzard will not limit its ability to receive remedies that are otherwise available to Blizzard under applicable law.

14. General.

  • a. Blizzard may assign these API Terms of Use, in whole or in part, to any person or entity at any time with or without your consent. You may not assign these API Terms of Use without Blizzard's prior written consent. Your assignment of these API Terms of Use without Blizzard's prior written consent shall be void.

  • b. Blizzard's failure to enforce a provision of these API Terms of Use shall not be construed as a (1) waiver of such provision, or (2) diminishment of any right to enforce such provisions. Blizzard may choose to waive a provision of these API Terms of Use in regards to a particular instance; however, you are still obligate to comply with that waived provision in the future.

  • c. Notices:

    • i) If to Blizzard. All notices given by you under these API Terms of Use shall be in writing and addressed to: Blizzard Entertainment, 16215 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618, Attn: General Counsel.

    • ii) If to You. All notices given by Blizzard under these API Terms of Use shall be given to you either through written notice, email, or website blog post. The form and instance in which Blizzard may notify you is specified in our Privacy Policy, which can be reviewed at http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/privacy.html.

     

  • d. Blizzard shall not be liable for any delay or failure to perform resulting from causes outside the reasonable control of Blizzard, such as natural disasters, unforeseen intrusions into our cyberspace, war, terrorism, riots, embargoes, acts of civil or military authorities, fire, floods, accidents, strikes, or shortages of transportation facilities, fuel, energy, labor or materials.

  • e. If any part of these API Terms of Use is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, then that portion shall be severed, and the remainder of these API Terms of Use shall be given full force and effect.

  • f. These API Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between You and Blizzard with respect to the Battle.net API and Data and supersede all prior or contemporaneous communications of any kind between You and Blizzard with respect to the Battle.net API, or Data. The provisions of Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 shall survive termination of these API Terms of Use for any reason.