BlizzCon 2011: Blizzard on Diablo 3 eSports: “Absolutely Not”
During BlizzCon 2011, I got to sit down with Julian Love, lead technical artist for Diablo 3, and chat about the game’s art direction, its future in the eSports scene, the possibility of mods, and more. Diablo 3′s player-versus-player elements are far different from Diablo 2′s — more structured, and more conducive to competitive eSports matches — yet in this interview excerpt, Love affirms that there is no intention to make D3 into an eSport.
GF: Will Diablo 3 compete with League of Legends, DOTA 2, and other MOBA titles in the eSports scene?
Julian Love: Absolutely not. There is no intention to make D3 into an eSport, and we are actively making design decisions to prevent it as being perceived as or even accidentally falling into the area of eSports. It’s something we’re very aware of. The intention is to recognize that players want to beat the crap out of each other, and to find a better way for them to do so than what D2 offered.
PvP of the past wasn’t so much a feature as it was an afterthought, or at least that’s the way it felt. So the way people tended to beat each other up was by socially engineering them into a situation in which they could quickly die. And that wasn’t very fun.
So by creating its own space for PvP, we could keep the element of fun, but do it in a place where it’s fair.
One question remains: will the community make it into an eSport anyway?
Check back later this week for the full interview with Julian Love.