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Blizzard may cancel Battle.net marketplace

Blizzard may cancel Battle.net marketplace

Blizzard has admitted that it is struggling to roll out the planned marketplace features for Battle.net.

Blizzard has admitted that it is struggling to roll out the marketplace features that were originally planned for Battle.net and which would have allowed gamers to sell mod content for Blizzard games.

'There's an immense number of challenges for us to overcome,' StarCraft II design lead Dustin Browder told Eurogamer.

In fact, there's a chance that the developer may cancel the feature completely.

'Anything is possible,' Browder said. 'We've cancelled whole games before. Warcraft Adventures never made it out and that game was basically done.'

'I don't know how we're going to solve some of the player rights issues. How do players protect their own maps so they don't get ripped off by other players? What are the rules of how much you're allowed to charge? There's just a ton of work for us to figure out.'

'We've never, ultimately, built anything like this before. Some of our competitors have and more power to them. But we haven't done it yet. So there's going to be a bunch of work for us to figure out how to get this done. But it's something we're working on.'

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maverik-sg1 21st February 2011, 12:16 Quote
They should just probably embrace a partnership with steam for all DLC?
Bindibadgi 21st February 2011, 14:05 Quote
Would be nice but their publisher, Bobby Cocktik and his Activision chums won't give a penny to the competition. ;) The greedy **** will be stone cold before that happens.
Skiddywinks 21st February 2011, 14:22 Quote
I was just going to say. Battle.net mixing it up with Steam would never happen, purely becaused ActiBlizz see Battle.net as a Steam competitor. They want to do the same thing.

It already is basically the same, except it is restricted to Blizzard games. Once they reckon they can take on Steam at its own game (namely, selling games from lots of developers and taking a cut of the profits), don't be surprised if they announce they will be doing exactly that.
javaman 21st February 2011, 15:01 Quote
Yet games from battle.net are very expensive compared to going in store or amazon and buying them. £45 is it for cataclysm considering the 4.0 patch is where the game was and the disc just unlocked it. The only reason I like battle.net is the fact it let me install wow on my netbook without the need for a disc drive. I also though blizz banned any form of modding? Either way, since they became activision bitches their service has been ****. I won't rant on about their random accusations of suspicious activities or the numerous times their servers have been down. Is it any surprise that blizz are cutting features after activisons current run? The problem isn't new ideas, they're just to retarded to code them, hence the endless dribble of copy paste formula they produce.
Unknownsock 21st February 2011, 17:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
Yet games from battle.net are very expensive compared to going in store or amazon and buying them. £45 is it for cataclysm considering the 4.0 patch is where the game was and the disc just unlocked it. The only reason I like battle.net is the fact it let me install wow on my netbook without the need for a disc drive. I also though blizz banned any form of modding? Either way, since they became activision bitches their service has been ****. I won't rant on about their random accusations of suspicious activities or the numerous times their servers have been down. Is it any surprise that blizz are cutting features after activisons current run? The problem isn't new ideas, they're just to retarded to code them, hence the endless dribble of copy paste formula they produce.

Activision barely have any control over Blizzard.
ssj12 21st February 2011, 19:01 Quote
How about not care if another player rips off another? WC3 was notorious for that yet it all worked wonderfully.
Ahadihunter1 21st February 2011, 23:18 Quote
I don't understand.... they have the amount of money island of fiji makes... and they can't "handle" the situation?
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