Blizzard denies Free to Play model for Starcraft 2


A few months before Heart of the Swarm, the first expansion for Starcraft 2:Wings of Liberty, releases, Blizzard-CEO Mike Morhaim disclaims any plans to convert SC2 into a F2P game in an interview with the British website PCGamesN. According to a bunch of professional eSports players, a conversion is unavoidable if Starcraft wants to stay worth mentioning in the world of pro gaming, but Blizzard seems to be unimpressed by such claims, or they just don't care that much about eSports as they want to make people believe.

Even from a business standpoint, if you look at games like League of Legends or DotA 2, a Free to Play model makes more sense. These titles are able to produce an infinite income for their developer Riot via microtransactions, the only reason why Blizzard didn't jump on the bandwagon might be, that they weren't able to find a reasonable way to implement said transactions yet. Maybe they come up with something until Legacy of the Void comes out, who knows.

Very interesting blogpost about this topic by Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, manager of the Intel Extreme Master


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