I hope they don't.Originally posted by SkuZZy
Since battle.net is the biggest expense, i'm almost positive they will start charging for it eventually. They need a steady flow of income. Offering unlimited play for free isn't really good business practice.
I don't think Blizzard wants to. If they did make it P2P, then it would cause alot of people to be unable to play (since the large majority of people who play on bnet don't have credit cards) but i think they will. The reason is, they provide other ways to play besides battle.net (Single Player / Direct IP / LAN) so battle.net should be P2P. As far as WoW goes, they will definately be charging for that. It will be a blantant rip off of Everquest / AO ..... but who cares!!!Originally posted by Wickedrank
I hope they don't.
I agree that they might eventually start making us all pay. If it were me(no matter how much I would hate to do it)I would be inclined to consider making it pay to play(PtoP),being in a financial struggle.
But I'd also be looking at ways to keep it free or at least partially.
But who am I? A nobody just stating his opinion/view.
Back to the top I really hope they don't anytime soon.
Originally posted by chemilion
I think that if this is true they will be 1 thing.
1.they will b losing peeps.
P.S.i dont think they can make us people who have been playing do that cause b.net wouldnt exist without us.If this happens bye peeps cause im quiting.
Well, right now blizzard relies on people buying the games and then not playing on battle.net. I'll tell you right now, if everyone who has ever bought a copy of starcraft/warcraft/diablo took advantage of what blizzard offers (unlimited free gaming) and played as much as I do (heh) then blizzard would be out of business... unless they started charging, which they would pretty much have to. The amounts of bandwidth that blizzard must go through are enormous. WoW will prob be the first thing to go P2P (pay to play)... then slowly, all their new games that are released will become P2P as well. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Warcraft 3 will be the last BLIZZARD game ever to offer unlimited free multiplayer support... except for the maybe the WC3 expansion... if there ever is one.Originally posted by shrimpshark
since when do i have to pay for b-net insted of getting w3