Blizzard rewards gamer who found StarCraft source code

Blizzard gives free trip to BlizzCon to gamer who found StarCraft source code and returned it.

Published Thu, May 4 2017 1:22 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

Imagine the feeling of finding a CD-R with the source code to the original StarCraft... your heart would stop, and you wouldn't know what to do with yourself.

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This is most likely what Reddit user Khemist49 went through, when he found a gold master source code disc of the original StarCraft from 1998, something that was discovered inside of a "box of Blizzard stuff" he purchased on eBay. Inside the box, he saw a CD-R that said "StarCraft Gold Master Source Code".

He took to Reddit, where some users said to rip everything off of the CD and put it online, but the decision drove him "crazy" in the end and he decided to tell Blizzard. Blizzard's legal team reached out to him, asking him to return the disc as it contained "intellectual property and trade secrets".

After he sought legal representation, he decided to give Blizzard the CD back, and in return the company sent him a copy of Overwatch and $250 worth of Blizzard store credit. But it was after that when things got even better, with Khemist49 saying that he received a call from a Blizzard employee.

Khemist49 said: "He asked me if I have ever heard of BlizzCon. I said well, yeah of course but it's impossible for me to go. I live in the east coast, and the badges are always sold out before you can refresh the page. He said well, the reason we are calling you is to invite you to BlizzCon, all expenses paid, and we would love to take you out for drinks".

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Blizzard also sent over a box filled with Overwatch and Diablo peripherals for the PC, and various other products. Blizzard confirmed Khemist49's story with Kotaku over email, where Blizzard said the company "wanted to show an appropriate level of appreciation to the player for doing the right thing, not just from Blizzard, but on behalf of the large and active community of players who still enjoy StarCraft today".

What would you have done with the original source code of StarCraft if it were in your hands?


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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