No LAN game support for StarCraft II multiplayer

StarCraft II will have no support for LAN multiplayer games, Blizzard’s Vice President of Game Design Rob Pardo confirmed in an interview with IncGamers.

Pardo further explained in the interview that SC2 multiplayer will only be available through

IncGamers further reports that Blizzard clarified that the choice of excluding a LAN feature “is because of the planned technology to be incorporated into”.

This change could impact communities which use third-party software, such as Garena or ICCUP, to provide multiplayer outside of the official servers.

While this might help Blizzard fight piracy to a certain extent, could this also mean that SC2 will see slow adoption rates in Asia, where most players spend a lot of time playing games in LAN environments such as cyber cafes?

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  • DomeJr

    Simply means less piracy.
    It’s a good thing.

    Reminds me of Solaris. “At least I can save money.”


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  • Glimmerous.Fop

    True. Come to think of it most Steam games played in LAN shops (TF2, CS, L4D) have to use Valve Steam Cybercafe accounts anyway.

    Hopefully Blizzard will come up with a similar solution for LAN shops.. no LAN support doesn’t neccessarily mean that LAN shops will have to be left out in the cold as well.

  • SG_Lancelot

    no lan is ok. its like valve games require steam, blizzard requires bnet. definitely will help in fighting piracy.

  • Glimmerous.Fop

    The Blizzard community will always come up with some workaround. That’s how LAN emulators like LanCraft and YAWLE came about.

    Then again, no-LAN support seems just plain stupid on paper if you think about it.

  • Maddcap

    smart move by blizzard 😛