Come on, Blizzard. In just a few days, you’re tarnishing any street cred you may have gained through years of hard work and devotion to your fanbase.
You’ve now hit two massive WTF’s in just one short weekend. What’s the deal?
Apparently, during a BlizzCon panel, Diablo III director Jay Wilson said that Blizzard is looking to monetize Battle.net. Guess who’s paying for it? No, not Blizzard, silly fanboys. We all know that they’re so hard up for that green.
No, you and I, in addition to buying three copies of Starcraft II, will now be expected to prop up Battle.net in the forseeable future. Forget that the service has already run for free for years. Here’s the actual quote from Wilson:
We are looking to monetize Battle.net so that we get to keep making these games and updating features. We kind of have to.
Poor Blizzard. Those millions of WoW subscribers probably just aren’t cutting the mustard these days, eh? I understand business is business, and you can’t fault a company for making money. However, this just reeks of “holy crap these losers will pay for this junk- charge for everything!”
I mean, it’s like paying for XBox Live all over again- only doing it for one developer. The thing that worries me about all this- what if it takes off? What if they sell special items or charge just to use it, and then some other developer sees that people will do it and then follows suit?
What do you guys think? Has Blizzard set themselves up for a huge epic fail with this one?