Diablo 3 PvP Unlikely to Become an eSport
Diablo 3′s PvP multiplayer is nearing its release but professional players be warned, Blizzard has no intention of turning it into a competitive eSport, according to Blizzard Head Mike Morhaime.
StarCraft 2 and World of WarCraft are at the top of the eSport chain for Blizzard but it appears that Diablo 3 will not be in the same league, even though there is an audience that will gravitate toward it.
“We don’t have plans to make Diablo 3 an eSport. Diablo 3 was never really designed to be an eSport, and not every game necessarily needs to be an eSport,” said Morhaime.
StarCraft was designed for the competitive gaming scene from the beginning of its development. World of WarCraft was not in the same boat, but had certain elements that transitioned over to the eSport atmosphere. Diablo 3 just does’t fall in line with these games but Blizzard hasn’t closed the door on it completely.
“There are certainly competitive things that we’ll be able to do with Diablo, and I think that at future Blizzcons we might set up different ways for people to compete at the game, but that’s very different from creating a professional tournament structure around something like that,” Morhaime continued.
“In order to do that, you really need to get everything right and you have to have the depth of strategy, you have to look at making sure that the strategies that are successful are balanced, and fun, and entertaining to watch, and all those things. So we’re not so sure that that’s where we should be focusing for Diablo. There are a lot of other elements of Diablo that are a lot more important.”
Check out the full interview at Gamespot.
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