List of server Warcraft III had been played on.
A local area network (LAN) provide the best playing experience so far, abling player 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.
Since November 2018 the 30th (i.e. Patch 1.30.2 release) another gateway Korea was created.
- 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, others realm like W3Arena (for Europe & Americas) or NetEase (Blizzard official Chinese partner) had been created.
Warcraft 3 Arena
Warcraft 3 Arena also known as W3Arena 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 ??? to ???.
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, observer mode. The first games has been played on October 23, 2020, it's still played on today and consireded as the most competitive ladder.