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

By on September 28, 2011, 4:30 PM

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 DICE and Virgin Gaming, the "Battlefield 3 Worldwide Conquest Tournament" will kick off in early 2012 with online matches and culminate with a live grand finale.

Interested? Lace up your combat boots and march over to the official contest site for preregistration -- but leave your keyboard and mouse at home. Unfortunately, the event is only open for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players. PC gamers hoping partake in the festivities might want to brush up on their shooter skills with a gamepad.

As the contest page boldly states, this is "the largest online console game tournament ever." It's unclear why PC gamers have been excluded, but I'm sure we can all think of at least one reason. With Battlefield 3 being the subject of many disappointments in the PC community lately, we imagine this news merely adds insult to injury.

It was recently revealed that PlayStation 3 players would receive a week-long exclusivity on all Battlefield 3 expansions. Prior to that, EA faced backlash because it won't offer Battlefield 3 through Steam. Gamers were also disgruntled over EA's preorder antics and the lack of an in-game server browser (you find games in a Web browser).

It's worth noting that the game entered beta this week. Folks who preordered Battlefield 3 or purchased Medal of Honor Limited Edition gained access yesterday, while everyone else will be invited tomorrow. Early impressions are mixed, but we'll reserve judgment for the final release. Oh, and be sure to update your drivers if you're playing.




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ramonsterns said:

Haha, oh wow.

It's like they're really trying to kill their PC community.

Guest said:

Because this is the "true" sequel to BF2. Good marketing bollocks again EA..

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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.

Guest said:

Electronic Arseholes, say no more LOL

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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.

unf0rgiving said:

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

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

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

During a conference call with NVIDIA this week some interesting information from DFC Intelligence, "a strategic market research and consulting firm focused on interactive entertainment and the emerging video game, online game, interactive entertainment and portable game markets" according to their webiste, was revealed that paints the world of PC gaming in a much more positive light than previously expected. By anyone's account, the coming fall and winter release schedules are going to be packed with fantastic releases:

... it goes on...

And while most gaming pundits have been telling us for years that PC gaming is dying, the report from DFC tells a different story:

...the rest of the article can be had here:

[link]

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

Emin3nce said:

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

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

ramonsterns said:

Vrmithrax said:

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.

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.

Guest said:

yes now you feel what PS goes through thanks dice and ea

1977TA said:

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*

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

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?

Inherently true for FPS games. Aiming via mouse >>>>>>>> gamepad

At least with consoles, it's a true head-to-head contest on a basically even playing field.

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?

Cota Cota said:

Son of a ducking whoe >: (

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

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.

tonylukac said:

@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.

Guest said:

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.

arod916 said:

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.

yRaz yRaz said:

Guest said:

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.

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.

Guest said:

"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.

Guest said:

Hell they already have a bf3 beta hack so piss off

ramonsterns said:

Proper response to guest trolling:

...

Guest said:

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.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

EA and Dice just trolled their entire PC Community

Guest said:

well you know what they say what goes around comes around in this situation PC gamers got what they deserved for being so conceited about there hardware being superior, when they should stop bragging and just play there PC.

Guest said:

Way to generalise PC gamers there.

Take it from me, it's only a minority of pC users who have this superiority complex and it's usually the gamers who think they are sometheing special because they have a PC. Most of us are tired of them having a go at console gamers, like they are the inferior player or something. Just ignore them.

IAMTHESTIG said:

one last kick in the nuts to your pc gamers ehh EA? it wasnt enough not to put LAN support in so you figured you'd top it off... classy.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

gwailo247 said:

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.

I totally agree with this, I think the only game I would Pre-order as long as there was not a console version would be Half-Life 3 /Episode 3. Thats about it.

Although I don't understand why EA would go through the trouble of creating Origin and not support the PC properly? it doesn't make sense if you look at it like that?

Either way, I'm defo not buying this when it comes out

Guest said:

PC users hack too much thats why. Haha

pcnthuziast said:

Broken recored is broken, but I can't resist... PC gaming isn't dying, it's being murdered systematically.

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Hacking is the main issue.

It being unfair is the other.

PC enthusiasts with gaming equipment and high end systems will slaugher people with a gamepad.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

pcnthuziast said:

Broken recored is broken, but I can't resist... PC gaming isn't dying, it's being murdered systematically.

That my friend, is looking truer and truer everyday

Guest said:

Yea pc gaming isnt dying...its being killed by the hacking. Seriously not one pc shooter isnt riddled with hackers, and regardless it only takes one in a server to ruin it for everyone there.

I believe thats part of the reason the mmorpg genre has taken off so much in recent years. Because aimbots and wallhacks dont work there.

Guest said:

You are absolutely right!! And not only that, but lets look at the big picture here.....

- Who made the game to where its hackable in the first place??......

- Why is it that the coders for these games are to duh to make a game that's air-tight??

- How the hell is that EA or any other game publisher with this attitude don't what I just said above

EA is shooting themselves in the foot and calling themselves an expert marksman...

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

PC gaming isn't even close to dying.

Thats what console homers like to say to themselves.

Both the 360 and PS3 barely run true 720p and even then its at 30FPS.

Games looks awful on consoles, except a few.

I would love to get Halo: Reach on my PC and see it maxed at 2560 X 1600.

lipe123 said:

And then put the winner of that tournament in a match with PC players(he can even bring a gamepad) and watch them get their ass handed to them by even the so-so players in the middle of the rankings.

What a joke, I guess they need to make the console players feel good by winning some prizes cos they are still in the pee-wee leagues.

(I'm playing the PC beta at the moment, the web browser thing is annoying but its over fast and then the fun starts! Game has a few glitches with clipping and its hard to transition from COD to this but its quite fun)

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hackers do suck, just as badly for PC gamers as anyone else.

But when you get on a good server with a bunch of regulars, man, there is nothing else like it. I miss my COD4. =(

anguis said:

I'd say under 5% of PC gamers cheat. Even less on a regular basis. And mostly it is because the cheat protection is insufficient and inefficient. Game developers typically pay no attention to anticheat measures during the development and then just put either a universal type anticheat or a patchwork anticheat on top - then stop updates for it soon after release.

Also, cheaters exist in PS3 and Xbox, don't pretend like they don't. Not to mention the fact that there are mouse mods for even Xbox which are undetectable by Microsoft. SO what about all those people that will be in this competition owning people with their mouse? They will likely advance to the later stages of the tournament and then get crapped on when they have to play in front of other people.

Consoles DO NOT mean fair competition. Not in the least.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Controllers have no precision? Wtf?

ramonsterns said:

NTAPRO said:

Controllers have no precision? Wtf?

It's relative. Controllers have no precision, compared to mouse/keyboard. The only way you'd improve a keyboard is if W and S were replaced by a throttle as it would allow more speed variations besides walk/sprint/crouch.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I can see both sides to this issue. I am a PC gamer and I am very good at FPS. But really I'm not buying this game for a chance of winning $$$$, I am buying as something fun to play.

But I do hope they have an age limit on this competition, because I would hate to see a bunch of immature twelve year old kids trying to win it.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

How to you allow the mature 12 year olds to filter through then? I'd say it should really be based on skill regardless of age. I also say let the PC players in to set the record straight - so many console players just don't believe the difference.

gobbybobby said:

aim botters in BFBC2 piss me off

gingerbill said:

that's terrible PR to exclude PC players . I assumed they would have a seperate tournament? that not happening?. like gwialo said in a previous post , it's very silly to have a tournament to crown ' the best players' but exclude PC players , hehe , that baffles me. That's like finding who's the best footballer in the world but messi and ronaldo are not allowed to enter because they are too good. Very strange behavious from EA.

Guest said:

This is true. I'm a pc gamer but I hate pc gamers. They are pathetic. I hardly ever see a legit player. The sad thing is that cheaters aren't very good.

anguis said:

This is true. I'm a pc gamer but I hate pc gamers. They are pathetic. I hardly ever see a legit player. The sad thing is that cheaters aren't very good.

You sound like one of those guys that calls everyone who kills them a cheater. I see them every day. I get called a cheater every time I play pretty much but I do not cheat and never have and never will. It is all about skill.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

I remember those days... me and my best friend used to get called cheaters every time we played Tribes because we were such a devastating 2 man team. We top-10'd TheCLQ Tribes rankings pretty much every month and would even have people sit and just observe us while passing info to the other team because they were so sure we were cheating. Too bad I'm nowhere near that good at games anymore.

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