Game Settings


The Overwolf platform gives the user the ability to control permission settings for auto-launching apps and the ability to disable the overlay per installed game that Overwolf detects.

The platform informs the user in advance about major changes in those settings through on-boarding messages and permission notifications system.

Key reasons for allowing users to change those settings:

  • Being less intrusive
  • Being more informative/clear about changes that happen
  • Giving the user (better) tools to optimize his gaming experience with Overwolf

Your goals should be:

  • Inform users about expected app behavior or changes in it in advance
  • Let them manage the apps and platform basic behavior – Activity and launch

Key solution components

  • Improved on-boarding process that includes reference to the bundled content and its effect on seeing Overwolf in-game
  • Settings page in which the user can control key settings of the platform, game and apps
  • Permissions messages when changes are due


  • Games Settings – The Library\Games section of the store’s client.
  • Auto Launch – An app’s ability to launch itself according to internal logic, once activated by the platform.
  • Auto Launch Permission – Platform’s capability to allow/disallow the activation of an app’s internal logic, in order to allow/disallow the auto launch.
  • Permission – A system notification following an app install, in case the overlay settings for all game/s that app is for is not enabled (there is at least one disabled overlay on a supported game).
  • Dedicated app – An app which is intended to be used on a single game, and declared as such in the manifest (e.g. HeroWatch).
  • Multi app – An app which is intended to be used on a finite number of games, and declared as such in the manifest (e.g. Killer Voices).
  • Global app – An app which is intended to be used on any game, and declared as such in the manifest (e.g. TeamSpeak)
  • Games Settings API – The API by which an app may query for the status of Overlay and Auto Launch Permission settings, per game.
  • Overlay – The ability to inject/display Overwolf components (including apps) in-game.

Overwolf settings explained

  • When the overlay of a game is disabled, it means that apps and Overwolf itself cannot be displayed inside this game.
  • Apps may, or may not, have an Auto Launch capability.
    • This has to be stated in the manifest.
    • Auto Launch Permission per app is the platform’s way to allow (if checked) or disallow (if unchecked) an app to auto launch in-game.
    • A user may launch the app manually from the dock, desktop or any other way regardless of the permission state.
  • Apps without auto launch capability don’t have a permission checkbox.

Using API

Bring more value

  • An app may, and should, inform its users in the following cases:
    • Overlay for the supported game is disabled – user will not be able to use the app in-game.
    • Auto Launch Permission is unchecked – app will NOT auto launch when game begins (or when supposed to), but may be manually launched.
      • Additionally – in some games and some apps, late manual launch may result with lack of information/functionality. This can be told to user as well.
  • In case of a Multi/Global app, it is important to inform user in which game/s the settings prevent normal usage of the app, as there may be more than one game in which it happens.
  • When informing the users about the cases above, it is important to offer a recovery option – call to action – so a link or a button to launch the Games Settings can be placed in a prime location.
    • Apps cannot change the settings through the API by themselves. It has to be a user opt-in action.


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