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Blizzard may license Battle.net down the road

By Matthew ยท 32 replies
Mar 15, 2010
  1. Scheduled to launch alongside StarCraft II, Blizzard's revamped Battle.net service will bring goodies like in-game achievements, unlockables, improved matchmaking, ladder and chat systems, an online marketplace, and more.

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  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 775   +145

    This is good and bad news...sounds like they want to jump on the DLC bandwagon
  3. flukeh

    flukeh TS Rookie Posts: 57

    They are one of the pioneers of the DLC bandwagon but in physical form. All Blizzards PC games have one or more expansions that you have to pay a premium for. I don't see how Blizzard products would then cost any different. They would just be accessible to more people easier.
  4. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Sounds like they might turn Battle.net into another Steam... exclusively for Blizzard of course.
  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,797

    perhaps this will launch with Diablo 3?
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +103

    The premise of opening Battle.net to third parties means it wouldn't be exclusive to Blizzard. Keeping the doors shut and using the platform only for in-house content isn't at all what Valve has done with Steam.
  7. AimHigh99

    AimHigh99 TS Rookie

    I hope they don't license the platform to third parties. I bet a lot of users will be disgruntled if they do!
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +103

    Why's that AimHigh99?
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Modern warfare 2. Thats why. The word matchmaking makes me want to scream since that.
  10. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Can't wait till the new Battle.net comes out, looks a like a great competitor to Steam.
    I still think we should have some type of universal PC gaming program.
    And EXCellR8 this would have to come out with Starcraft 2, as there is multiplayer.
  11. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

    I'm curious who they'd license the technology out to, Activision maybe?
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,036   +1,445

    Hmmm...interesting as Blizzard is one of the big innovators in PC gaming. Curious to see exactly what they have in mind and how much control they're going to let go off.
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    They just want a piece of the massive and juicy Korean E-sports pie.
    Blizzard Korea and Kespa are having arguments about rights of broadcasting SCII and what not...

    PS: I don't think Blizzard likes ICCUP very much :(.
  14. ashwingeek

    ashwingeek TS Rookie

    Blizzard keep coming up with good ideas but never actually tell when they are gonna imply them.
    Would be delighted if the new battle.net is opened soon.

    Wish they would release Diablo 3 soon, but i guess we cant expect it to be released until 2011 :-(
  15. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    great work! eagerly waiting for this one! :D
  16. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 513

    hello ...

    humm, quite interesting indeed. I'm a big fan of Diablo & already have a battle.net account.
    don't we say, the more we are, better is the fun .. so let's rock!

    I'm waiting for Diablo III too, so please i hope 2012 won't be the end of the world, for this would be one of my biggest regret - not playing this wonderful game (yeah i'm still not sure will be out for 3 - 4 years hehe!)

  17. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 187

    this would make sense to me...Diablo 3 should be launching pretty soon, since preorder is available now. I'm interested in seeing what they decide to do.
  18. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    This new version of battlenet sounds fantastic, at present it's a pretty useless system, licensing it to 3rd parties is an exciting proposition, hopefully battlenet will turn into the Steam of Blizzard games.
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,230   +1,666

    I wonder if they'll sell the games on their website if they actually license it. They could become steams biggest rival.
  20. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527   +8

    Do we want more and more distribution systems? I know from a control and monetary perspective we are likely to get several different ones. But i find it pretty annoying, and cluttering on my computer.
  21. jjbeard926

    jjbeard926 TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I don't think the Battle.net format works for most other games anyway. I don't really see this working well. Let alone the security concerns involved with giving other companies access to the Battle.net accounts.
  22. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 840   +6

    I'd like to hear more about exactly how they would license it and for what purpose. If it would just be used for game licensing or DRM then maybe it would work but I don't see them being able to compete with Steam as an online game distributor.
  23. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Booster Posts: 174

    Sounds like another way Blizzard can make money. Don't they make enough?
  24. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I'm thinking of trying out starcraft 2 probably very fun to play online with others, is it out yet or still in beta?
  25. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    "Pardo mentioned that StarCraft II's Map Marketplace will be an excellent test-bed for the company, so if that goes well, who knows what might unfold. "

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this yet. Does this Map marketplace imply they are going to start charging for maps? I would be thoroughly disappointed if you have to pay for SC2 maps.. then again, I usually stick to custom games/maps anyhow.

    @compdata: That is precisely why I only use Steam for my digital distribution service. I really don't want to keep tabs on several distribution services, and trying to maintain a friends list across all of them would be a nightmare. Luckily Steam has enough deals to keep me happy :)
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