SEA Region Migration Incoming
On June 26, 2017, we will migrate all StarCraft II players from the Southeast Asia region to the Americas region. We’re taking this step to consolidate the player base across the Americas, ANZ, and SEA regions.
This change primarily affects login to the SEA region, and we plan to continue operating regional game servers in the SEA region even after the migration is completed. Upon logging into the Americas region, players will see a new entry for a Southeast Asia regional game server in the Preferred Game Server selection dropdown menu in the Options > Language and Region menu.
How It Works
We expect the migration process to take several hours on June 26. During that time, we will transfer your StarCraft II account information from the SEA region to the Americas region. Once the migration process begins, you will no longer be able to log into the SEA region. Once the process is complete, you’ll be able to login to the Americas region and play, with your achievements, campaign and Co-op progress, race levels, Collection purchases, Friends List, and other information transferred over (for more details, see the FAQ below).
If you already had a StarCraft II character in the Americas regions prior to the migration, you can still play on that character while the migration is underway, and you will end up with two StarCraft II characters in the Americas region to play on after the migration is completed. The characters will remain separate from each other and will not be merged.
No special action will be required on your part – we’ll handle all the busywork on the backend. All you’ll need to do is login to the Americas region after the migration is completed, and you’ll be playing StarCraft II again in no time.
When will the migration occur?
The migration will occur on June 26, 2017, 10:00 PDT (June 27, 2017, 01:00 SGT). We expect the migration to last for several hours, and will provide an update when it has been completed.
Why are you migrating the SEA region to the Americas region?
The purpose of the migration is to consolidate the player base across the Americas, ANZ, and SEA regions. As a lot of players in ANZ and SEA already play on the Americas server, we felt that it was a good time to standardize the experience for StarCraft II players playing across these regions.
Will the games be more laggy/have higher ping?
When possible, StarCraft II will continue to match players with other local players of equal skill. We don’t expect the migration to have a negative effect on latency for players in each region, as we are continuing to maintain regional game servers in all regions.
What account data is being moved and what is not?
The data that will migrate with your account includes: career games and wins tracked, career summary, highest career ladder finish, all achievements, all Collection rewards and purchases, campaign and Co-op progress, race levels, season snapshot, friends list (including both Character friends and Battle.net friends), and tournament trophies.
What’s not making it across will include: MMR (you’ll need to play your placement matches again), groups and clans affiliations, published maps, tournament brackets, map bookmarks, and map reviews.
If you are a melee map maker or Arcade map author, please consider publishing your maps globally prior to the migration by navigating to File > Publish and checking the Americas, Europe, and Korea and Taiwan regions in the StarCraft II Editor.
Will any other account progress be lost?
We plan to take a snapshot of your Friends List in the SEA region immediately prior to the migration, on June 26, 2017, 09:00 PDT (midnight between June 26 and June 27, 2017, SGT). Please be aware that any new Friends List changes or addition made after this snapshot will not transfer over.
We also intend to end the previous ladder season in the SEA region immediately prior to the migration. Any ladder activity that happens on your SEA StarCraft II character between the end of the previous season and the start of the migration will not transfer over. We expect this window of time to be very brief.
What if I already have a StarCraft II character in the Americas region? What happens to that?
The StarCraft II character on your SEA account will migrate into your existing Americas account and you will end up with two StarCraft II characters in the Americas region. We’ve added a new UI dialog upon login that will allow you to select which character you want to play for that game session.
To save this character selection for future logins, navigate to Options > Language and Region > Character Select Dialog and check the box labeled “Don’t show me this message again”.