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Battlefield 4 developer interested in E-sports

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DICE says they are "very interested" in E-sports for the Battlefield series.

Battlefield 4 might be getting better E-sports support, after developer DICE mentioned that they are “very interested” in E-sports. E-sports is a growing phenomenon in the world, with its own tournaments and stars across the globe.

Battlefield 4 esportThe news comes from DICE general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson, who said in a recent intervew that E-sports is an area they are “very interested in”. However, he added that he couldn’t give any specifics at this point about E-sports functionality in Battlefield 4. Troedsson added that multiplayer is the “heart” of Battlefield 4 and that DICE design philosophy of focusing on multiplayer hasn’t changed with Battlefield 4.

Considering that the Battlefield games are some of the most popular and competitive online games in the world, it seems like a great idea to add proper E-sports functionality to the upcoming Battlefield 4.

While E-sports is gaining in popularity at the moment, the movement is by no means new. It’s been around for over 15 years, and is particularly popular in countries such as South Korea. Battlefield competitor Call of Duty introduced new E-sport features with Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3, where after the games gained in popularity in game tournaments. Looks like DICE has something similar in mind for Battlefield 4.

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10 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. ChalkOne
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    We actually talked to zh1nt0, one of the developers on BF4, about his interest in eSports and how he hopes to bring more of that to Battlefield 4… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSX0KPz8ycc

  2. mohammad
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    alright cod crap game is not a real competitor for BATTLEFIELD because ARMA is the real competitor although it’s a military simulator & BATTLEFIELD is an FPS but they are have some similarity & they’ll gonna be the best war games of this year or 2014 so enough with BATTLEFIELD vs cod because BATTLEFIELD will win all over it , by the way cod = child day care .

    • gmk120
      May 12th, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Yeah, because fighting over videogames and thinking that you are an adult because you play another game is what real men do, right?
      Well, while you nerds fight over videogames, i’ll be playing them, cya!

  3. whatever
    April 3rd, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    BF3 already has some important e-sport features. They’re called M16A3, Red Dot Sight and Heavy Barrel. Oh wait…

    Either way, DICE had better get their shit together. If they ever want to bring BF4 even near e-sports, they’d better implement a netcode that actually works. Hmm…oh yeah, server side, maybe? If BF4 will retain the same crappy netcode as its predecessor, it’s already done as an e-sport game.

    • Alberto
      April 3rd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      You’re right, but also they need to implement spectator mode, something that can let you see what’s happening in real time or at least battle recorder.
      AND! Balance classes. I’m not gonna lie, I use the medic/assault more than any other class, but that’s cause it’s so unbalanced, that it’s stupid to play as another class in a match. Back in Battlefield 2, 2142 and Bad Company 2 each class had their own role. But right now every scrim (match), doesn’t matter 5v5, 6v6, and above, it’s pretty much all medics.

      • whatever
        April 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Yeah, talk about balance. I ended up seeing a few of those ‘scrims’ on Youtube, and every match consisted of entire teams of Assaults with the M16. Also, most of the matches took place in Grand Bazaar. Where’s the variety? It’s almost like CS, where a good 99% of matches are played on de_dust. It’s fun for a while, then it gets monotone and boring.

        You’re right, Assault has pretty much the best weapons, so there is no reason to use any other classes, and yeah, if DICE want to bring BF4 even remotely close to e-sports, a Battlerecorder and Spectator Mode will be a definite must.

        • phobia
          April 6th, 2013 at 4:20 am

          ^This, /h5 lads:
          – Battlerecorder
          – Spectator mode
          – Improved network coding
          – Class balance

          But either how I’m very sceptical about BF4 at this point, if I had to make a guess DICE is continuing in the “lowering the threshold” direction. So we should expect more suppression-like features, tac lights, auto-shotguns, etc.

          PS: “Considering that the Battlefield games are some of the most popular and competitive online games in the world” /facepalms

  4. Lenseflare
    April 3rd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    They are going the same routine like with the BF3 release.

    Only show singleplayer that is pleasing for the eyes but don’t tell you anything about the core game features that you really want to play and know about.

    Instead, talk in interviews about what you want to hear. Examples of what DICE said to be true about Battlefield 3 and was not in the end:

    “E-sports? Yeah, totally important for us!”

    “Mod support may come later on with an update!”

    “Casual gaming? Don’t worry, wie make it easy to understand and interesting and challanging for you hardcore gamers!”

    “Biggest maps to ever been released in the Battlefield series!”

    “Commo-Rose will be available in it’s full glory!”

    “Battlefield 4’s lead platform is, of course, the PC!”

  5. WOOT FTW
    April 3rd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    And the COD games went downhill after that. The maps got smaller, stupid perks and attachments were introduced, and the classic gamers got left behind.

  6. Gadhafi
    April 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    So that’s mean we will have a BF4 closer to COD now!!

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