Free-To-Play Considered For Multiplayer StarCraft, Says Designer

At the inaugural eSports Congress in Valencia, StarCraft II's lead designer was asked of the possibility his game would go free-to-play, considering the potential that has to grow a game's user base and competitive population. According to PCGamesN, that concept has been discussed.

Blizzard, the game's publisher is "looking at free-to-play as an option for the multiplayer," Dustin Browder told the Valencia eSports Congress, reports PCGamesN. Both DOTA 2 and League of Legends are free-to-play, making this a pressing issue to traditional eSports communities.

"We don't know how we would monetise it," Browder added. "While it might be good fun for me to play against someone with only half the units available to them, that's not going to be an enjoyable experience for them." I

Blizzard "looking at" the possibility of Starcraft II multiplayer going free to play [PCGamesN]


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    You could limit the number of games you could play in a day.

    Jesus, Blizzard really don't give a shit about the playerbase anymore, do they?

      Disable the campaign and give them maybe 10 games a week.

      Strange I don't see why they think this can work most LOL/HON/DOTA only play it because they can be top tier players without any technical skill while in SC2 you need to micro manage and macro while doing it at incredible speeds, not to mention you have to deal with absurd builds at the same time, most of the f2p gamers will just give up I guess.

        Yeah, LoL and Dota and such do require skill, but they don't require insanely stupid mega fast reflexes to be good at them. Good point.

    Add various cosmetic hats and alternate armor pieces you can buy for your units

    Possibly require you to buy passes to play certain maps

    Moba games are about using skill shots sc2 is about managing various resources. It could work though

    Gah f2p is rubbish

    Great news, this can work. Some options for blizzard

    1. free play for practice, pay for tournament/bnet rankings
    2. free play, paid item for customization, don't affect game balance, only cosmetic.
    3. free play N matches a day, paid for unlimited etc.

    Ok, so it's ok to use a f2p model, but not ok to give us LAN support?

    What the actual fuck.

    Either there's a stray "I" at the end of the article or someone left half the article on the floor.

    Fcuk Blizzard-Activision. I loved them once.

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