Blizzard may cancel Battle.net marketplace

Written by Joe Martin

February 21, 2011 // 10:44 a.m.

Tags: #activision-blizzard #battlenet #battlenet-marketplace #blizzard #blizzard-struggling-with-battlenet-marketplace #marketplace #starcraft-2

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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