The original StarCraft was released on the 31st of March 1998 and has since been the standard for Real Time Strategy games. After 19 years since the release of StarCraft and the Broodwar expansion, with the release of the 1.18 patch, it is now available for Free. StarCraft: Brood War played an integral role in the progression of esports, paving the way for all major gaming tournaments and events today.
Although a nice gesture, the free release is no doubt a marketing tool for the upcoming Remastered Version being released sometime this year with an unrevealed price tag. Blizzard seems to be putting a lot of effort into balancing StarCraft prior to the HD version, releasing the first balance patch in many years.
To download the free version of StarCraft: Brood War, Click Here.