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Blizzard ''Struggling'' to Launch Marketplace?

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 22 comments

Blizzard is still working on the promised Marketplace for StarCraft 2.

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Blizzard's StarCraft 2 design lead Dustin Browder admitted that the company is having a rough time launching the promised Marketplace for Battle.net.

Previously Blizzard stated that the proposed Marketplace would serve as a storefront for StarCraft 2 modders offering free and premium maps. It was even slated to launch just after StarCraft 2 hit store shelves last year. Obviously the Marketplace hasn't launched, and at this point, it won't swing the doors open to the StarCraft 2 community for some time to come, if ever at all.

"As you can imagine, there is an immense number of challenges for us to overcome," Browder said in the interview. "We're trying to deal with those issues. 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."

Browder admitted that the company hasn't built anything like a Marketplace before. He also acknowledged other solutions offered by Blizzard's competitors. "More power to them," he added. "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."

Later in the interview, Browder said that the Marketplace won't launch within the next month, indicating that its release is a "distance down the road." He was then asked if it was possible the Marketplace idea would be canceled entirely. His answer? Anything was possible.

"We've canceled whole games before," he said. "Warcraft Adventures never made it out and that game was basically done. But we are working very hard on it. We have a bunch of people dedicated to it. I have every hope and belief and faith in its success and we're absolutely committed to getting it done."

Don't be surprised if the Marketplace doesn't launch until the arrival of StarCraft 2's second installment, Heart of the Swarm.

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    robochump , February 24, 2011 12:13 AM
    Blizzard prolly still trying to hammer out how they can make the most money on this new Marketplace.
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    frostfire626 , February 24, 2011 12:16 AM
    The whole marketplace concept never made much sense to me. So many fantastic custom maps were released in SC1 free of charge, and switching to a micro-transaction system would be a very tough sell.

    Best to dump the idea now and focus on more promising features.
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    nukem950 , February 24, 2011 12:34 AM
    Cool. So I have to stick to the crappy way of getting maps That involves that battle.net thing. Thanks blizzard.
    Things like this are the reason why I like StarCraft 1 more.
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    joelmartinez , February 24, 2011 12:38 AM
    I won't pay for another player's map, I wonder how many people have my same view
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    nukemaster , February 24, 2011 2:09 AM
    joelmartinezI won't pay for another player's map, I wonder how many people have my same view

    i wont either.
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    EVILNOD , February 24, 2011 4:16 AM
    thats why they make you play tho battlenet. you wanna play?? then u gotta pay :p 
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    Travis Beane , February 24, 2011 8:31 AM
    I'm interested in Starcraft 2, but to be honest, I'm more interested in Starcraft 1.
    Warcraft 3 TFT is still one of my favorite games today.
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    g00fysmiley , February 24, 2011 11:02 AM
    "acknowledged other solutions offered by Blizzard's competitors. "More power to them," he added. "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." "

    this here... this is why i like blizzard admiting others have done it and well but saying they want to take the time to get it right... i know some peopel dislike ths abotu them but its why i always love blizzard titles

    anyd while i'm unlikely to buy maps on a whim if i see somethign that genuinly looks fun to play on then i might jump on it provided i get to see the mod/layout before hand
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 24, 2011 1:21 PM
    Let's hope that they get their act together real soon...
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    ChromeTusk , February 24, 2011 2:32 PM
    Personally, I would not want to pay for other people's maps. If I really liked it, I would send a donation to the author/designer the same way WowInterface does it. Provide the players a way of securely sending money voluntarily.
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    zak_mckraken , February 24, 2011 3:02 PM
    Warcraft Adventures? Never heard of that. As for the marketplace, I'm also sure their only "problem" is how to make the most money out of it. It's really not complicated for them to put out a marketplace. Modders rights? They're surrending them by uploading a map to Blizzard. Plain and simple. Money is what's holding the project back.
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    rhino13 , February 24, 2011 3:19 PM
    I have trouble seeing myself pay for a modder's map.
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    everygamer , February 24, 2011 3:41 PM
    Or they could set a bar, they can do just X much work to protect the data and then let it go after that. There is no perfect solution and if they keep trying to find the perfect it will never be completed. :)  Best to pick a good solution and just move forward.
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    jgiron , February 24, 2011 4:16 PM
    joelmartinezI won't pay for another player's map, I wonder how many people have my same view


    Neither will I, maps should be free...after all it's just a map!
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    Burodsx , February 24, 2011 4:36 PM
    The custom map feature is broken... There are tons of maps that I'd like to play but can never get people for... I sure won't be paying for a map if there's a chance I won't be able to play it.
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    lpedraja2002 , February 24, 2011 5:46 PM
    I don't play Starcraft but this reminds me of what Valve has done recently with Team fortress 2 when they launched the Mann Conomy Update. They basically made microtransactions an optional feature of the game but not something that would unbalance the gameplay. Instead, almost everything available to buy you can get through playing the game but the random chance of that specific item dropping is pretty low, though still obtainable. What I also like is that they made a donation system for map makers. And you receive a donation hat to wear in game to show that you supported someone. I've seen quite a lot of people who has apparently supported their favorite map makers and even weapon makers. I think that is a pretty good idea they should try while they launch their Marketplace, then work it up from there.
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    pacioli , February 24, 2011 5:46 PM
    zak_mckrakenWarcraft Adventures? Never heard of that.

    That was the game where you 'followed the story' and made choices, kind of like 'kings quest'. That game introduced the background of Thrall's rise as the warchief of the Horde.
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    pacioli , February 24, 2011 7:04 PM
    zak_mckrakenWarcraft Adventures? Never heard of that.

    That was the game where you 'followed the story' and made choices, kind of like 'kings quest' or Monkey Island. That game introduced the background of Thrall's rise as the warchief of the Horde.
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    dgingeri , February 24, 2011 9:20 PM
    I had never heard about Warcraft Adventures before. It was interesting to read about it, and then find out the story was converted into a book, which was a basis on many things about the Horde in WoW. I think I'll pick up that book.
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    pochacco007 , March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
    joelmartinezI won't pay for another player's map, I wonder how many people have my same view


    hell yeah no one would pay for it. all of us here are able to make a craft at home, it could be making an origami figure or drawing something or whatever it maybe. but if you sell that craft, no one would buy it because it isn't made at the same level as an expert. people would rather pay for professional made content as opposed to content people made, which are usually garbage.
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