Blizzard Arcade beta now available, could grant Heart of the Swarm access

Monday, 4th June 2012 03:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard has quietly launched a beta for Starcraft Arcade, a marketplace which monetises mods.

Although Blizzard’s mind-blowing digital revenue plans are interesting enough on their own, you want to get in on this action ASAP because it may net you access to the Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm beta.

There’s a video below showing how to access the beta, which is apparently open to all comers.

Thanks, Talkar!



  1. Talkar

    This is a really great overhaul. It helps the community out a lot! There is atleast one thing Husky didn’t say in the video. Blizzard has added shortcuts to the menu system, so for example if you press F1 you go to quick match and F2 you browse the arcade. These are of course rebindable to take you to any part of the game, by selecting the arrow in the lower left corner ;)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    This is a great example of why I hate Blizzard, though.


    Fuck off. Let’s not. See, Bethesda did this right. I have my complaints about Bethesda’s games, but I believe in fairness, objectivity, and credit where credit is due. And the Steam Workshop approach is fantastic. They’re making that so that people can charge for mods if they want (this is something they’re working on), but people can also do whatever the heck they want with their mods.

    Want to upload them to a random site? You can. Want to put them on a USB drive? You can. Want to upload them to the Nexus (a competing site)? You can. And so on, and so on, and so on.

    However, the Blizzard approach locks the modder into keeping their shit in two places only: Either encrypted on their own computer (whilst they’re developing it), or on their store. In other words, it’s not up to the modder how their shit is distributed, it’s up to Blizzard and Blizzard alone because they have complete control over their works.

    I support and appreciate letting modders sell things (Desura is fucking awesome), but I do NOT appreciate this modder slave market thing that Blizzard has going on. It’s not cool. And I hope that not that many modders will buy into it for that reason.

    (I have no doubt that the fan army will hit me with a billion fallacies about this, but I deal with objective fact, and anything I’ve said here about the state of their mod store isn’t my opinion but rather things that you can look up and read online. This is shit that Blizzard is doing, and the only place where my opinion comes in here is that I do not agree with it. I hate them for it.)

    #2 2 years ago

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