Tutorial: Buying / Setting up your Korean Starcraft 2 account
Setting up your Korean Starcraft 2 account
Tutorial by nirvAnA
20th Feb 2013 Update: Since the introduction of Global Play, the KR and SEA accounts serve as standalone WoL accounts too that can play on any region. They are available for just $39.90 AUD. Be sure to create a NEW account and apply the code to it.
(Video tutorial is longer then the text version below so only watch it if you hate reading. Thanks System for doing it!)
Buy a TW/KR account from our store rightHERE!!
(If you are looking for the SEA/NA version instead please go here.)
Sc2sea.com is the only English website that allows you to buy "Korean" Starcraft 2 accounts legally. To start playing on the Korean server you can simply buy Starcraft 2 from our shop now. These "Korean" accounts are actually Taiwanese accounts but because Taiwan accounts have access to the Korean servers, they are nearly identical to the Korean ones. Not only are they alot cheaper, the most important benefit is you are not required to enter a Korean social security number to activate your account (which is required by Korean law for all online games in Korea) which you would need if using a Korean account. Previously the only way to play on Korea was to obtain a Korean resident's identification number and use it, which is actually against the law. Once you have bought from our shop and received your code in your PM inbox, you can start playing on Korea legally in just two easy steps!
Please follow these instructions carefully to avoid disappointment.
Disclaimer: this is a guide I personally I created after going through the process myself, to help players get started playing on Korea as quickly as possible. As such, neither me or sc2sea.com will not be held liable for potential damages in any way, shape or form. This guide and the accompanying screen shots are not allowed to be replicated anywhere else without permission.
Step 1: Activate your Starcraft 2 TW/Korean license in less than 1 minute
Follow one of these this direct links that take you to the "Add a game/Activate your code" page on Blizzards Site. If you are an NA / EU user you can use the NA / EU Site to add the game, it doesn't matter which region site you go to as its all connected to the Blizzard global DB and they do the same thing.
It will prompt you to log in first. Your blizzard sc2 account works globally on all the region sites so just enter the userid/password you normally use to connect to battle.net. DO NOT create a new account as you will be asked for a Taiwan ID and that is not recommended. It is infinitely easier to just add your TW key to your existing account.
After logging it, it will take you to the "Activate code" page directly. All you need to do is enter the activation code given to you in your sc2sea inbox!!
They will prompt you to confirm and so click continue. Make sure the region shows Taiwan (Well of course it will show Taiwan!)
Success! You are now the proud owner of a Taiwan/KR account, and look you even have a free name change yay! Best of all you obtained it 100% legally, without fear of violating Blizzard's TOS. You can now download the appropriate installer for your operating system.
Aright so you have an account, what now? You have two options, download the official client on the page you are at now, or use a relocaliser.
The official client is 6GB and will take a few hours to download. However, with this method you won't have to worry about reinstall issues and corrupt versions that the relocalizer is notorious for, especially after patch changes. If you have the time and internet bandwidth I highly recommend this way of installing a new version of the TW Starcraft 2 client on your computer. I will only cover the official client install. Use of relocalizers falls into a "grey area" but I have provided some information to point you in the right direction if that is what you are after (or you lack in the internet bandwidth, have download issues, etc.) and it is covered at the bottom of this post.
Official Client Install:
Important: After patch 1.5 a few customers have mentioned Blizzard is directing them to download the KR client. This is WRONG. You need to download the Taiwan Client instead. Here are the official Blizzard links to download the client directly, you do not need to be logged in or buy the account yet and anyone can download it. Please use these links to ensure you download the right version.
After you save the region version you want, click Win or Mac. The file you download should end with zhTW.exe
Note that a clean install generally takes at least 1-2 hours to set up depending on your internet speed. The steps are self explanatory after being translated. Note: I've updated the key areas with screenshots for the new UI after patch 1.5 but some of them are with the old interface. However, they are more or less the same and are easy to follow.
This is the most important step of the install:
Remember to choose a different folder to install Starcraft 2. Do this by clicking on the button, which will take you to a place where you can choose the directory to install it to. Right click on a blank area in the directory tree to create a new folder, and rename it to something for e.g "Starcraft KR" After that highlight that new directory and click select folder. If you forget to do this step the starcraft installation will overwrite your existing starcraft directory and corrupt your SEA/NA/EU installation. So CHANGE the installation folder!!!
Click the bottom button. Basically it says you need a battle.net account to play starcraft 2. The first button just says go to battle.net if you dont have an account yet to apply your code. Second button says continue if you have your account activated already (you should have if you followed step 1 right) so click that.
Lastly, once you log on to the Taiwan client just agree to everything (left button) to continue. Great success! The end!
Note: Once logged in on Korea, when you go under multiplayer the practice league is the left button at the bottom and "skip practice league" is the right button.
For those getting the "You need an authorized language pack" error
Open up this file in your documents folder with notepad
User\My Documents\Starcraft II\Variables.txt
Change the two locale variables to the appropriate client language e.g zhTW or enSG or enUS depending on which client you are using, Taiwan, SEA or NA.
Alternatively instead of putting "zhTW" put "????" and it will automatically detect which client u are using and use the appropriate language pack, really useful if u are using 2 clients so you don't have to keep switching.
Fix 1: Without bootcamp - Credit to sfaf for the solution)
Go to (your username)>Library>Application Support>Blizzard>Starcraft II>Variables.txt
From there you can change these to:
The question marks is the better way imo and is tested and works for macs. Make sure you save the file.
Fix 2: Use a new account or bootcamp. - Credit to NoxGamer for alerting me to this and providing the solution
The language pack problem is a little more problematic on Mac. The Variable.txt is located under each account rather than the client (as it is on windows). Because the two clients are on the same account, the language packs conflict and it doesnt recognize the TW language pack.
This can be fixed my making a brand new SEA/NA account to apply your key to or by using bootcamp (more recommended). Bootcamp if you don't know allows you to run windows on a Mac and will also be very useful when encountering other programs that do not support Mac formats.
These errors are not common and you should not have to worry about them. But here they are in case, basically its all the errors our customers have ever run into.
"Failed to download patch, please make sure you are connected to the internet"
You likely have your firewall still up for this blocking access to the game as its not dectecting the games network connection to the internet.
"this is going to take a long time (15-60 mins), once it starts don't cancel it".
Basically the client needs to be patched / optimized. Left button to continue, right button to close. If you get another window with only one button after it's probably the one which says not enough free disk space; you need ~8/9 GB free for it to install the patch (just for the optimising process, you get it back afterward.credit: paperclip)
For this error, the official custom support has been unable to help either and its likely patch 1.5 related so here is a work around method.
Work around method
(This assumes your current SC2 NA/SEA/EU client works perfectly.)
Step 1: Copy your whole working SC2 directory somewhere else, so you always have the original as a back up that works perfectly.
Step 2: With the new directory you created, try using the relocaliser here and applying the relocaiser to it
Q: My SC2 installer gets stuck during the install at 1% and won't move anymore! Help!
This is because your SC2 CD is still in the CD-ROM drive and the installer is unsure if it should read from the CD or your hard drive. Simply take out the SC2 CD from your CD-ROM drive and try again.
Will I lag on the Korean server? First test your ping!
Before you decide to buy an account make sure to test your ping. If you're gonna lag hard on Korea, it simply won't be worth it to get an account. Although this is unlikely it is better to be safe than sorry! In most cases theres nothing to worry about because this isnt the era of 56kbps modems anymore and most of us have high speed internet! To begin, Click on Start (Windows Button) then type in CMD in the run box
It doesn't matter which directory you are in, just type in "tracert us.battle.net", "tracert eu.battle.net" or "tracert sea.battle.net" depending on which server YOU are from to find out your current ping to your current server. For e.g if you're from the US, to make comparisons with the Korean and NA servers just type in "tracert kr.logon.battle.net" and "tracert us.battle.net" respectively. The simple way of interpreting tracert results is to look at the last few hops and compare them to each other. Generally anything under 250ms is playable but it also depends on your tolerance to lag. As a guideline you would want a relatively similar ping values from US/KR (so latency is similar as well) and to not exceed 300ms. But hey if you built up your lag tolerance and are used to playing at 300ms and get a similar result on KR it just means that you will be playing with the same level of latency there.
Note: For those unsure, the most accurate way to test your lag will be by requesting a free KR Guest Pass from us, the steps can be found at the bottom of this guide.
My case is slightly different because the SEA server is located in Singapore so all Singaporeans get about 12ms which is similar to LAN latency haha My ping to Korea is very acceptable at about 220ms. My ping to NA (not shown) is about 210ms so there is very little difference for me in playing on NA and KR, and both KR and NA latencies are definitely playable as they are quite far under 300ms. A cute story to share is xGkingnMafia laddered on SEA with a 350ms latency for the whole of last year. This is why his LAN tournament results (where uses a better ISP) are so much better than his online tournament results! Lag is an important factor for any competitive game
Q: I'm new to the site where is my PM inbox? How do I receive the code?
Your inbox is found at the top left hand corner of the site. In addition, when your code gets send you will be notified of the message through your email as well.
Q: I'm waiting for my keys to be in my inbox and i'm really bored! What can I do now?
To ensure minimum waiting time, my advice to you is to start downloading and patching the TW client from the official blizzard site right away by following this link. You do not need the Taiwan account to download the file so it makes sense to just download and patch the client first. The account activation will take less than 1 minute once you get your key
Q: I got threw the installer part, but when it got too showing the patches and stuff it was still in TW and then it displayed the patch notes in english help?! Aka when i start patching the client the language turns into English. Is this something i should worry about ?
Not to worry, it retrieves the battle.net news reads based on Internet cookies from the battle.net portal you visit, so its likely to display in English. If you installed it right the client will be in chinese after you install all the patches.
Q: I can't log in, is the Korean server up?
TL has an awesome thread where they keep track of the status here. Check it here first before PMing me. Obviously if the KR server happens to be down for maintenance you won't be able to log in, but it doesn't happen often and it lasts for a few hours when it does go down.
Q: Why not just buy if off the tw.battle.net site?
That's because you can't! Digital licenses work differently for the TW region and you need something called "MyCard points", which are extremely hard to find because you have to buy them in Taiwan Shops or only through giving out your credit card and identification documents to Chinese websites you have never heard off. We at sc2sea.com make it extremely easy by going to the official distributor directly.
Q: How will it be shipped to me?
It won't. This is the digital version. You will be PMed on sc2sea your unique key which will allow you to activate the region on your account and download the game, like how all digital versions work.
Q: I bought my account but still have not received my order. Help!
Please allow one day for payment verification purposes. You will receive a PM when your order has been processed so refresh sc2sea every few hours. If for some reason so you have not received your key after 2 working days, contact me here. and you will be compensated adequately.
Q: Do I need a new account?
No, you can have multiple regions / games activated on a single battle.net account, e.g an NA and a Taiwan license is fine. That was the "Revolution" of Bnet 2.0 to make it easy for users to keep track of their games. However, you can only have a single license per region. So if you want to have TWO Taiwan accounts for yourself, you need two battle.net accounts as well.
Q: Do I need a Korean or Taiwan ID?
Nope, as long as you have an existing account all you need to do is add your Taiwan account to it. If you wish to make a brand new account, make it on the NA/SEA website first as a new account rather than the TW website and from there just follow the tutorial.
Q: Do I need to reprogram my custom key set up?
Nope, if you bind the TW client to your main account, your custom hotkey setup follows you there.
Q: How do I change the Taiwan SC2 client to English?
That is not possible, and that is one of the limitations of the different Starcraft clients. It is in Traditional Chinese but based on your past experience, everything should be intuitive enough and easy to navigate, all hotkeys are the same, etc! If this is your first copy of SC2 i strongly recommend buying the NA/SEA one instead to get familiar with the game first then move on when you're ready for the land of Korea!
Update: Gerlan came up with a set of screen shots / tutorials if you plan to do keybinding/gfx control customization and need help with navigating the menus - check it out here!
Q: Can I use this account with a KR client?
Nope this is basically a Taiwan account so you will need to download and install the TW client and log in through it as well. So it will not work in Korea PC Bangs unless you bring your own USB drive and play from it. But once logged in, it shares the exact same server as the KR client.
Q: I still have questions! How can I get Customer Support? I need help!
Not to worry, contact me here or here and I will save the day.
The tracert guide as above should be accurate enough, but if you are still unsure of the latency and want a 7 hour / 14 day guest pass to test your connection out, simply fill up korean guest pass request form!
Note: To prevent abuse you would need a minimum of 10 posts and they have to be of a decent quality to be given a free guest pass. If you cannot access the form it means you do not meet the minimum post requirements. If you make 10 worthless posts with one line gibberish your request will be ignored. We are handing out free passes so c'mon, the least you should do is write proper stuff.
Optional: Playing with Korean sounds in patch 1.5!
Basically this makes your TW Client have Korean game sounds without violating any of Blizzard's TOS or using any third party applications. Credit goes to KAiZ3R who discovered this and made a thread about it on TL. I have tested it myself and it works as intended, but only adds the Korean SOUNDS and not the menu changes. The fantastic thing about it is it doesn't use any third party applications. This guide here will be heavily based on KAiZ3R's guide. Although it allows you to have any language sounds for any installation, we will only cover the way to let you have Korean sounds for the TW client installation because thats what we want here!
Step 1: Install the TW client as explained in this guide. Step 2:Download this file - koKR.txt (Windows users: Right click on the words > save link as. Mac users: Command click on the link (hold the button with the apple, on the keyboard and click > save link as/ target as) and place it in the folder "versions" of the Starcraft2 directory you installed it in. i.e it should look like this
Windows Folder: C:\Program Files\StarCraft II TW\Versions\ Mac Folder: /Applications/StarCraft II TW
It should be in the same place as the folders named Base15405, Base16561, etc.
Step 3: Go back to your SC2 directory and this time to go to the support folder i.e C:\Program Files\StarCraft II TW\Support\ and run Repair.exe. If you did everything correctly, the main window will show that it has detected an extra locale and begin checking game files. Basically this tricks in game into thinking you have a Korean version of SC2 which was identified by the .txt file and it now begins downloading the sounds for it. The whole repair procedure will take about 2 hours to run. For me, the progress bar did not even come up till after 10 mins, so if it "hangs" just be patient and wait it out. It will look like this.
Step 4: Final step would be to edit your Variables.txt file.
On PC, it should be located within your My Documents folder at: C:\Users\YourNameXXX\Documents\StarCraft II\Variables.txt On MAC, it will be at ~/Library/Application Support/Blizzard/StarCraft II/Variables.txt
Look for the line localeidassets=xxXX (If you're from NA xxXX will be called enUS, etc) and replace it with localeidassets=koKR.
The cool thing is this will not affect your other installations, whenever you run SC2 it will check the directory its running from so since there is no koKR.txt file in your NA/SEA/EU installation folder it will still have English voices and of course if you want them to have it just follow the same steps.
Step 1: Copy your whole working SC2 directory somewhere else, so you always have the original as a back up that works perfectly.
Step 2: With the new directory you created, try using the relocaliser here and applying the relocaiser to it
People have played with this reloaciser already so its confirmed and tested to be working.
Basically a relocalizer allows you to have just "one" copy of Starcraft 2 installed on your computer. Each time you want to play on a different server, you run the relocalizer, which configured the files in that installation automatically for you, into those that suit the server you wish to play on.
Warning: We officially do not support the use of a relocalizer as it might be violating Blizzard's TOS so use it at your own risk and do not ask questions about it in this thread, they will be ignored. This relocalizer was last tested and found to be working by PurpleChef on 15th Feb 2012.
This is the relocailizer that LiquidJinro uses. Primadog does a very good writeup of it on TL here which has everything you need to know about it.
Before you begin - First step you should take is to copy and paste your current SC2 directory and call the new duplicate folder (SC2 relocalized). This way you will always have perfectly fine working backup to go back to should anything go wrong.
You should only be using this if
You have problems downloading the client.
Your have internet bandwidth / diskspace constraints.
You are prepared to reconfigure it every patch.
Remember that a new install with the official client will take longer but in the LONG-term it will save you a lot more time, whereas the relocalizer might be a "quick-fix" but every now and then you have to do the annoying process of updating or reinstalling SC2 as well as running it every time you wanna switch regions.
I hope your activation has been much easier with the help of this guide.
Feel free to use this thread to ask questions or to share your Korean account ID information with each other.
Managed to get my client all sorted before your post (wish I saw it before), oddly enough patching the TW client took longer than downloading the client and installing the game combined.
The internet does weird things sometimes.
Note that you should probably add:
If you have the Starcraft 2 DVD with the SEA / NA version on it, the TW client will NOT INSTALL. Took me ages to figure it out, I had the DVD in there so I could see the install options in English and make sure I hit the right buttons. Left the DVD in the drive and just scratched my head for hours over why the TW client wasn't installing past %1 completion.
Thanks to your post they have a translation of all the installer's buttons unlike my experience
I bought the TW KR Version from the Store, everything was going by smoothly as far as the Battle.net instructions, then when the Blizzard Downloader comes up it gives me a ridiculous amount of time for estimation completion (something like 48 hours to 100 even at times) my internet connection slows down abruptly. But as soon as I cancel the download, everything back to normal. I test my connection at speedtest.net and as of right now I get an average of ->
if that still doesn't work, blizzard will be more than happy to help through their customer support form. https://us.battle.net/support/en/ticket/submit We are basically like a game store that provides a perfectly working game so if its a download/blizzard related issue and not a activation issue you would have to ask them as that's how things normally happen in game stores too. But i hope this has helped point you in the right direction!
Is it possible to download and use the Korean client instead of the TW one?
nope. it is essentially a taiwan account with korean server access so you have to go through their client. unlike na/sea the servers arent kept separate so theres no choice of sever, they are now a combined one but each with their own different account/id verification process.
However, just want to check whether any of you have this similar problem,
After I install the Taiwanese client, my Starcraft would hang when it reaches the logon screen. I would have to open it offline, then plug in my internet then logon. And the same problem for my SEA version.
Maybe it's just a coincidence and has nothing to do with the taiwanese client, but it's just super annoying to open starcraft in that manner.
if your sc2 was already crashing for your sea version then the problem can't be the TW version, its probably some underlying MAC compatibility issue! I suggest following this check list of common problems mac users face
Added two testimonials to the product page. Thanks guys!
Zanko: This how to guide by Nirvana on getting set up on the KR / TW server was amazing. When I purchased my game code from the online store I received it almost instantly. As for the walkthrough since I only speak English I was able to simply follow the pictures provided and be done with process in a matter of 5 minutes. Thanks again, as this would have taken me a lot more work and time if I had to do it completely on my own.
newbieta: I did follow your tracert note and found that I got a good control on KR server as the result was around around 150-160ms. Upon installing, I only referred to your tutorial page and found that it was very informative and helpful. No difficulties. So from my experience above, I want to happily tell everyone who is interested in getting KR account that SC2 Store will not disappoint you at all. I myself never play SC1 but got SC2 a month ago, joined SC2SEA a couple of weeks ago, subscribed TGM few weeks ago and finally got KR account from SC2SEA few days ago - I am sure all of you guys love SC2 and 99% are here much much longer than me. I mean now, as a complete newbie, I know SC2SEA.com is the site of quality but not only you guys already know that but also you all "Feel and Believe It", right? I now really enjoy playing on KR/TW server so much, listening to in-game Chinese sound made me feel more relaxing as I have no idea what she is telling. I have to pay more attention to mini map and that helps improve my SC2 basic. I will of course be better but only after I lose, lose and lose much enough. I will come back to SEA when I am in Gold or Platinum. Please keep doing the great contents and products for SC2SEA, Bryan.
korendir you have to go through the store, sorry Paypal will help you auto convert. Best to convert and pay in USD because SGD is strong vs USD at the moment. To check the ping follow the instructions at the top of the guide
new testimonial added.
Xenomorph: "The KR server is very challenging and I was very impressed with how fast I got my key, which was within an hour. I have had zero issues with my account and am enjoying it very much. "
Yeap James thats in the FAQ actually lol, cant change it to english unless u hack the sc2 files or smth
Q: How do I change the Taiwan SC2 client to english?
That is not possible, and that is one of the limitations of the different Starcraft clients. It is in Traditional Chinese but based on your past experience, everything should be intuitive enough and easy to navigate.
The TW server has been combined with the KR server so yes it is the "kr" server just that you use the TW client to access it. And if u get lonely remember to hang out in channel "sc2sea" the guys started a practise/imnotalone channel there haha.
im from aus and did the ping test for the 3 servers and got 200 NA, 400 SEA, 400 korea. when i play on sea and NA i dont see any difference in delay but korea could be different so im not sure if i should get it or not.
Last edited by ETL.Branno; Fri, 12th-Aug-2011 at 8:47 PM.
post a screenshot of your tracerT results and ill try to help.
I am no expert in reading them but if your NA and KR pings are similar, and you dont feel lag on NA, then you shouldn't feel lag on kr as well. The weird thing here is you don't feel a difference in lag in SEA / NA although the pings to the servers are quite different.
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