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EA announces $1.6m Battlefield 3 contest, PC gamers not invited

By Matthew
Sep 28, 2011
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  1. Digital war veterans will have the opportunity to compete for a life-changing $1.6 million in cash and prizes as part of an upcoming Battlefield 3 contest. Hosted by EA DICEā€¦

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  2. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    Haha, oh wow.

    It's like they're really trying to kill their PC community.
     
  3. Because this is the "true" sequel to BF2. Good marketing bollocks again EA..
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,386   +425

    Screw these guys. I don't care if this turns out to be the greatest game ever made - I'm not buying it due to EA's recent anti-PC gamer attitude.
     
  5. Electronic Arseholes, say no more LOL
     
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I understand what they are doing, but this is like having a "World's Best Basketball Player" contest, and not letting anyone from the NBA participate.

    They want publicity which will channel into more console sales, but with their money, you figure they could have thrown PC players a $250,000 bone or something.

    But being honest, the PC game industry has lost me as a front line, pre-order the game, type of consumer. I only buy GOTY editions from Steam for twenty bucks. So these delays and what not don't really affect me as I typically buy any game 12+ months after release. It also had the added effect of me no longer upgrading my video card as fast as before. But that's just me, so I don't expect your typical PC gamer to be in my shoes.

    But what all the Nvidia and AMD video card partners *DO* need to realize is that as PC gaming declines, so do their sales. Alienating the PC gamers by the game companies will have a very strong tail end effect on the enthusiast class components, because if there is no longer a MUST HAVE game coming out, there won't be the same need to upgrade video cards.
     
  7. unf0rgiving

    unf0rgiving TS Rookie

    Well, there's another reason (applies only if the tournament can be played from your house)

    Hacking...

    But I doubt you can play from your house. Another reason though is that they're getting most of their sales from consoles C_C
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92

    I have been hearing people say that for quite a long time, but have been reading things like this:
    From PC Advisor

    PC Gaming to Surpass Console Gaming in Revenue by 2015

    ... it goes on...
    ...the rest of the article can be had here:
    http://pcper.com/news/Editorial/PC-Gaming-Surpass-Console-Gaming-Revenue-2015

    Are we sure this isn't just pissed off PC gamers angry over a game being console exclusive?
     
  9. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    Hahaha imagine mouse vs pad players... Mouse wins hand down.
     
  10. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    I believe this move is intelligent on EA's part (even if I hate it to the core)... Considering that PC controls tend to be more efficient in FPS games - wasn't it EA or some other big studio that did a study and found that to be true? At least with consoles, it's a true head-to-head contest on a basically even playing field.

    That said, they COULD split off a PC-only contest as well, instead of just turning their back on the PC gaming community. But, that would require some forethought and consideration for their customer base as a whole, things that EA seems to be short of lately.
     
  11. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    Or they could have stuck to their word and made it PC only, considering the BF2 fanbase was PC only to begin with. This is nothing more than another publicity stunt to draw-in more brain dead console users that can't see past their bliss.
     
     
  12. yes now you feel what PS goes through thanks dice and ea
     
  13. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Uggggh, well I get it in away. So many varieties of PC's these. I guess they have to keep the tourney "even".

    *Insert fart noise*
     
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,967   +738

    Inherently true for FPS games. Aiming via mouse >>>>>>>> gamepad
    Quite true. Where would the spirit of true competition be if Usain Bolt and the Spanish national football (soccer) team were allowed to be participants in the Special Olympics?
     
  15. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Son of a ducking whoe >: (
     
  16. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +116

    Its the only logical thing EA can do to Battlefield at this point in time, kill all roots to its PC origins and go with the flow of consoles that allows them to guarantee their profit. Seriously why even bother with tournaments on the PC anymore, its not like anyone uses those anymore for gaming... Should this really concern the vast majority people anyways? Simple answer is No, even if there were to be a PC based tournament I don't see myself dropping out of school and quiting my job just to stand the slightest chance at competing. (I imagine this goes for most Techspot members too) I understand the principle as to why this is wrong but at one point in time you have to look at this and just laugh, laugh at EA and at the console equivalent of this game. Comparison? What comparison, have fun playing with half... a quarter? the detail and your dumb controllers that have no real precision except for the mandatory auto aim (Don't quote me on the auto aim part thats just speculation)

    One more thing, I do own a console and the only thing I use it for is racing games and party games.
     
  17. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    I'm not surprised at all with this. After EA gave Steam the middle finger, it was only a matter of time before they turned their backs on PC gamers as a whole. I am a noob to PC gaming. I have been building my rig for about 9 months in anticipation for this game. Now, I really don't think I want to buy the game anymore if this is what they do to PC gamers. I could just go back to my xbox or ps3, but even then I won't buy this game. I bought BC2 for the xbox and the PC and I have to say that the graphics are significantly better on the PC, but graphics and mouse/keyboard aren't really worth this hassle.
     
  18. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 956   +22

    @ghasmanjr Nine months? I just built an economy model and it took only the month of September, and September's not over. Anyway, don't fret. When windows 8 comes out, it will play Xbox 360 games, so they'll have to give in to pc gamers.
     
  19. Makes perfect sense to me. After all 90% of pc players use wallhacks and aimbots. They definately dont deserve to win a prize for cheating. Its as simple as paying a monthly fee for a hack to be godmode in every pc shooer there is.
     
  20. arod916

    arod916 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Funny people are mad because its not offered through Steam. I say this because Origin might in someway be in cahoots and affiliated with Steam as a partnership. I have the proof in emails, maybe they just use the same billing company and I'm wrong or something is fishy between them.
     
  21. yRaz

    yRaz TS Maniac Posts: 1,020   +148

    I think this is the perfect example of why EA might be abandoning the PC as a platform. It would seem that too many gamers suck and get fed up with PC gaming/getting owned by PC gamers. I understand that people hack but the problem is no where near as bad as the above guest makes it out to be.
     
  22. "Makes perfect sense to me. After all 90% of pc players use wallhacks and aimbots. They definately dont deserve to win a prize for cheating. Its as simple as paying a monthly fee for a hack to be godmode in every pc shooer there is?"

    Why does that ignorant comment make me think you aren't a PC gamer?
    90%!
    Here let me try: 95% of console gamers are prone to hyperbole when talking about PC's. Thing is it's probably true.
     
  23. Hell they already have a bf3 beta hack so piss off
     
  24. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    Proper response to guest trolling:

    ...
     
  25. Im not gonna say 90% of pc gamers hack, but it is getting pretty bad. Especially if that site already has BF3 hack out lol. I think its pretty much a fact that people will pay for an advantage,and with 78k members id say thats a lot of hackers.
     


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