List of servers Warcraft III had been played on.
A local area network (LAN) provide the best playing experience possible, allowing players to play without any delay.
Blizzard Battle.net (first named "Battle.net") is an Internet-based online gaming, social networking, digital distribution, and digital rights management platform developed by Blizzard Entertainment. Battle.net was launched on December 31st, 1996, with the release of Blizzard's action-role-playing video game Diablo.
In order to provide the best online gaming experience and especially to minimize delay between the action of players and the reaction of the server supporting the game, Blizzard initially divided the world in 4 servers :
- Lordaeron : the U.S. West gateway,
- Azeroth : the U.S. East gateway,
- Northrend : the Europe gateway,
- Kalimdor : the Asia gateway.
In November 2018 (i.e. Patch 1.30.2 release), another gateway (Korea) was created.
Since Reforged release
- Lordaeron & Azeroth merged into Americas,
- Northrend became Europe
- Kalimdor & Korea merged into Asia.
During a long time Battle.net had been the only way to play Warcraft III online. Since then, other servers like W3Arena (for Europe & Americas) or NetEase (Blizzard official Chinese partner) have been created.
Warcraft 3 Arena
Warcraft 3 Arena, also known as W3Arena (W3A), was a Warcraft III alternative and non-official platform. It had a community page and private server for Warcraft 3. It was the go-to choice of high-level players from Europe and the Americas for 1v1 and 2v2 games. It ran from 2012 to April 2018.
NetEase is a Chinese IT company who is Blizzard Entertainment's publisher and business operator in Mainland China. They operate a special client for Warcraft III in China that features a ladder system with an observer mode.
Warcraft 3 Champions
Warcraft 3 Champions, also known as W3Champions (W3C), is a substitute for the nonexistent ladder in Reforged. It was created by Pad. It uses FLO servers to provide the best conditions to all players. Thanks to that, W3C is currently considered the most popular server.
KK Battle Platform ( KK对战平台 ) is a Chinese client for Warcraft III with main purpose to gather all fans of Warcraft III RPG maps in China. It is managed by Shenzhen Ruifeng Network Technology Co., Ltd. ( 深圳市锐锋网络科技有 ) and officialy launched 13th of December, 2022.