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StarCraft II Professional Edition With LAN Support

Official Update From Blizzard, 29 June 2010:

Note that every other prediction from this rumor about the Korean Air-Blizzard event was dead-wrong.

If you’re wondering what the facts are — we will be addressing StarCraft II tournament functionality in a post launch patch to the game, soon after ship. This patch will include features to address the needs of location-based pro tournaments, but we have not discussed any specifics about tournament support beyond that.

Original post:

Even with the StarCraft 2 Beta down until further notice, the eSports arena is heating up. Rumors and teasers mentioning of a massive event scheduled to take place on June 24 have been released, and it appears that the event is not only meant to generate hype.
Big thanks goes to the TL and SCL communities for posting translations of the original material, which was released via PlayXP and sc2.178.com.

The event will take place in South Korea on June 24

June 24 11:00~14:00
Gimpo Airport Korean Air Hangar

This event will run from June 24, from 11:00am until 2:00pm at the Korean Air Hangar, with the attendance of Blizzard HQ executives, national VIPs of the industry, reporters, and community members.

It was asked if the general public could participate, but unfortunately the event is planned to be invitation-only.

It is expected that all the details of StarCraft II’s release will be made public here.

Following Blizzard’s lockdown of the StarCraft franchise, many were expecting a major announcement to come out of Korea regarding the future of major league StarCraft competition, one that is approved by Blizzard. The event is planned to have Blizzard executives in attendance, so this just might be what fans and progamers worldwide have been waiting for.

1. There will be an upcoming “Ongame Net Starcraft 2 League,” or OSL2.
2. The sponsor of the first one will be Korean Air.
3. The first OS2L will have preliminaries all over the world and then the players will be gathered in Seoul for the Ro16.
4. There will be a “Starcraft 2 Professional Edition” that will only be provided to tournament organizers, which will include LAN functionality. Only with a special account + password that gets activated will it work. Blizzard staff will be present at tournaments to assist. Apparently, this news was first told to the organizers of the Stars War tournament after it had ended.

While the actual GomTV/OSL arrangement is not clear or fully confirmed yet, it is reasonable to assume that GomTV has found a way to work with one of the scene’s largest and most established operators. However, the most interesting part of this story is the StarCraft 2 Professional Edition, which is said to include LAN functionality.

LAN support, or the the lack of it, has been a major issue throughout StarCraft 2’s development. The gaming community did not approve of Blizzard’s decision to not support gameplay over local networks, and many fans have vowed to abstain from StarCraft 2 as long as it does not support this type of connection. It will be interesting to see if Blizzard actually does launch this “StarCraft 2 Professional Edition” and if the requirements for acquiring it will be made standard and public.

Update: Note that every other prediction from this rumor about the Korean Air-Blizzard event was dead-wrong.

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40 Comments to “StarCraft II Professional Edition With LAN Support”

  1. Jeppeo — June 14, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    “It will be interesting to see if Blizzard actually does launch this “StarCraft 2 Professional Edition” and if the requirements for acquiring it will be made standard and public.”

    -and how long it will take before its cracked, and being torrented.

  2. Morphs — June 14, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    LAN at release would probably cost Blizzard quite some money. I understand that they want everyone who wants to play multiplayer, to buy the game.

    Good chance that at some later stage (after a year or so), LAN will still be implemented..

    For the professional edition, yes there’s a very good chance that it will be pirated… wonder how that develops…

  3. Omegalisk — June 14, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Probably they will mark each professional version they put out uniquely and tell that to whomever they provide with it so they know sanctions will follow if they leak it.

    It will get out eventually, of course …..

  4. iKe — June 14, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    In response to the many people who will say this will be pirated immediately; I assume blizzard has considered that and will not bother to release this unless they are confident that they can keep it out of the wrong hands (KeSPA, for instance?), by some means.

  5. Xearo — June 14, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Piracy is and will always be an issue…Sc2 will be “cracked” and released whether there is a so called “Professional Edition” or not. Their decision to replace LAN via an online experience in my opinion causes more harm than good. Their entire concept of trying to control everything, I fear will backfire in their faces.

  6. miguelgalit — June 15, 2010 @ 6:05 am

    i love piracy! the only game that I bought from blizzard is diablo 1… the rest is pirated… hahahaha

  7. Xel — June 15, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    The simple fact is all of the complaints about lack of LAN are valid. Blizzard has chosen to ignore these requests in response to their own needs. They are a company and it is not only their right it is in their immediate best interest. That said I expect a revised version of starcraft with LAN, or local battle.net server will be released in the first 2-4 weeks of the initial release. The question is will this hurt them in sales or help them. If people have to fix the game to enjoy it are they still going to buy it? Are people going to miss the community from the channels and seek to make their own. Time will tell…

  8. Starcraft 2 Gameplay — June 15, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    I thought Blizzard said Starcraft 2 would not have LAN support because people would pirate.

  9. Anonymous — June 15, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

    If the community really wants lan and there is enough devs that want to work on it we could just use code injection to aquire lan however we as devs dont know much about blizzards coding and attempting to reverse engineer it would be very difficult. although from what ive seen from the community in the way of programmers i think its a very good chance that we could implement our own version of battle.net(albeit one without authentication) hehe. just take a look at the steam community theyve already created an emulated version of steam (and thanks to valve for lan play) they can play online(its some what difficult for some games mw2 for example but it works). so we should just ask the steam community to help with the creation of a bnet emu.

  10. Anonymous — June 16, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    LAN IS implemented. They’re disabling it in starcraft 2 to force people to login to battle.net. There is NO technical reason why starcraft 2 at release shouldn’t have LAN.

  11. Anonymous — June 16, 2010 @ 6:57 am

    Am I the only one reading this as Blizzard has a solution that will allow tournaments and lan parties to have a LOCAL server to play on that still authenticates/communicates to battle.net, and at the same time still keeps unauthorized lan/tournaments locked out?

  12. Anonymous — June 16, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    Blizzard is saying that bnet2 is too unreliable and laggy to play professional games on but they want the money those tournaments bring, so they’re going to allow Blizzard employees to enable LAN just for the tournaments.

  13. Anonymous — June 16, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    LAN is disabled so that they can charge subscriptions in some parts of the world.

  14. Deselected — June 29, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    Wow that would mean they already did have LAN made for SC2 but just didn’t want us to have it. I probably won’t buy SC2 because the price tag in malaysia is RM248.00 and some stores have already confirm it to me, thats around USD75.00. It’s USD59.90 in the US isn’t it? if it is then there is a price hike for us in Malaysia.

  15. Gamer Deluxe — July 20, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    I’m sad the beta is down! Starcraft 2 takes sooo long!

  16. Anonymous — July 24, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    Not having Lan in a game thats ment to play pvp is like having
    a car without tires. I personaly disagree this missing feature
    also the retail dvd’s online check. What happens if the server
    is down? Game > Trash? This is no freaking mmo! This is the
    last game i bought from Blizzard.

  17. Anonymous — July 28, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Not having LAN support I am not going to buy for blizzard if it did have LAN i would buy it

  18. hell_jumpers — September 10, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    sooner or later there will be a LAN crack out. Blizzard cant stop that.

  19. SC1_FAN — September 11, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    Yeah right blizzard.. I’m Glad i didn’t buy your SC2 without LAN. I bought my Original SC1 before but not this time.. I wouldn’t mind waiting for a CRACKED LAN feature the next time. BTW , I played the game free many thanks to those who cracked it, and it got Skirmishes too! 😀 (so much for your over reaction on piracy)

  20. Anonymous — October 1, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    This policy of Blizzard that make their game more favorable to be hacked or even cracked. And their reason is ridiculous. As internet gaming is not reliable than lan gaming.

    (and the fact, they have said it with the “rumored” professional release)

  21. awesomestack — October 30, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    Actually a LAN Hack out now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1luhBXU1bd0
    I’ve tested it multiple times and it works.

  22. jura — March 24, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    Blizzard is piece of garbage like their crappy servers… We should buy game and play it on stupid battlenet….f… you!

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