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StarCraft II: Loss Of LAN, BNet 2.0, Piracy
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 6 comments

StarcraftWire.net has posted a new article on the topic of Blizzard Entertainment's decision to remove LAN play from the upcoming StarCraft II in favor of requiring all players to sign on to the company's new Battlenet 2.0 service. The examination includes discussion of fan reaction to the announcement, possible features for Bnet 2.0, and whether or not piracy is a large enough problem to warrant the loss of LAN play.

Improved observation features in multi-player matches.
One of the new features in BNet 2.0 are improved observational multi-player games with dynamic in-game statistics, such as average APM, each playerís resources and army details, and technological progress. Although, this is not really a Battle.net 2.0 feature, it is more of an in-game feature of StarCraft 2. There are also plans for sharing replays through BNet and viewing them together with friends/other players with rewinding capability.

Casual and professional Leagues
Bnet 2.0 will also have custom leagues, most likely what many will referred as the monetized part of BNet 2.0, and casual and professional leagues. What separates these two are different speed (normal and faster/fastest) and a separate map pool. The casual league will choose from a pool of maps where rushing is discouraged or hard to pull off whereas in the professional league, itís the opposite, according to Dustin Browder.

Voice Chat Support
Voice over Internet Protocol, which is similar to Ventrilo or TeamSpeak, will be included in Battle.net 2.0.

Smurfing Prevention
Lead StarCraft 2 designer Dustin Browder plans to implement an anti-smurfing to BNet accounts. "Smurfing" is when a top tier player re-creates an account and begins "noob-bashing" all the way to the top again with a near perfect record. He mentions how this creates an unfair advantage to casual/normal players who are having fun playing equally skilled players and out of nowhere, pro-gamers ruin their fun.
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