Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Electronic Arts' Massive 2012 $1.6m Battlefield 3 Tournament: Consoles Yes, PC No

While PC gamers are getting understandably excited about one of the year's biggest releases, which is guaranteed to have standards-setting graphics at least, there's a kick in the teeth waiting just around the corner. EA and Virgin Gaming have teamed up to launch a massive BF3 contest with $1.6m in cash and prizes - for consoles only. Yes, you read that right. And the reason? Consoles are the "gold standard". That's the aging console platforms reported on TechPowerUp a few days ago. GameStop's president Tony Bartel said in an interview with IndustryGamers:
We continue to believe that the console is a strong platform and will continue to be the gold standard.
The competition website excitingly states:
The biggest, most realistic, room-shaking FPS ever demands a tournament that will always be remembered,” the contest’s sign-up page brags. “That's why Virgin Gaming, and EA DICE have come together to bring you an online competition you'll be telling your grandkids about. So strap on your boots and check your magazine—when the spoils of war are this rich, you can bet things are gonna get messy.
That page then goes on to include links for PS3 & XBOX360 to register, but not the lowly PC. On top of that, it won't even be available on Steam, but gamers will instead have to sign up for the competing EA Origin platform.

This strategy appears to make no sense. Why spend all that money on developing the game only to alienate a massive market segment, even if it's perceived to not be as big as the console one? It will very likely sell massively well to PC gamers regardless, but wouldn't it have made even more dollars by not artificially restricting the competition like this? This goes to show the arrogance and contempt that some big companies show towards their customers and EA is no stranger to controversy, restrictive DRM issues being a major source.Source: Maximum PC
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129 Comments on Electronic Arts' Massive 2012 $1.6m Battlefield 3 Tournament: Consoles Yes, PC No

#1
NC37
FordGT90Concept said:
What about Ubisoft? XD
#1= Activision: If you think they've fallen under EA. Just one sentence for you: "Modern Warfare 3 paid subscriber service." There is no reason under heaven or hell that a FPS should have it's own subscription service. Unless of course its a Borderlands MMO.

#2= EA: Close second but I'd consider tied with Acti at times. Reason: oh thats a given but recently...Origin game store and app. Then the feud with Valve and Steam.

#3= Ubisoft: Former 2nd and at one time probably the first. If their titles, other than the ones from Montreal, didn't suck so much, they might be able to rise back up in the hatred ranking. Just years of shoddy quality after they had such a good beginning.
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#2
bostonbuddy
PC users would have an unfair advantage
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#3
Mr McC
Do EA have a department exclusively dedicated to trying to sabotage the BF3 release? First the Origin client, now this, what's the next surprise that's sure to delight potential clients?
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#4
ObSo-1337
This has not been a good start to my day at all. RAGE MODE
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#5
Jonap_1st
it feels like helding single fighting with two opponents at once. PC user is surely huge, but when it compares to BOTH PS3 and XBOX360 user, just like i said.. it will become 1vs2, whoever got bigger counts there's place for money can go.

even though i have both PS3 and XBOX, it will not change my mind to get BF3 for PC. since PC is the best choice for playing FPS, since it can provide better gameplay and better graphics.
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#6
n-ster
HYPOCRITES! I wish they would stop with this BS :(
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#7
Marv
Seriously, the number of people who read the headline and the quote, then go to express rage is depressing.

It's a Virgin-run/hosted tournament, and Virgin are not at all interested in PC gaming. The quote came from the president of Gamestop, who are almost not at all interested in PC gaming. BF3 has been chosen because EA's PR team got to them first, rather than this being a $1.6m MW3 tournament, thus losing publicity, and sales.

Let's face it, I doubt that we would see BF3 at all if the console sales didn't subsidise the PC sales.

I'm not sure I like the way the article has been written though. It seems to have been written in such a way as to deliberately garner a large reaction, rather than simply reporting on the news in an unbiased way, which is something I've enjoyed about TPU for several years now (just didn't sign up until recently).
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#8
NdMk2o1o
Marv said:
Let's face it, I doubt that we would see BF3 at all if the console sales didn't subsidise the PC sales
Really? so did the BF2 console sales subsidise the PC?? :rolleyes:
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
NdMk2o1o said:
Really? so did the BF2 console sales subsidise the PC?? :rolleyes:
The world was a very different place in 2005.
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#10
sy5tem
LOL also a lot of my xbox 360 friends don't own a computer .... so how will they register? LOL
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#11
AhokZYashA
EA make this tournament to increase sales on consoles,

that makes PC still superior from consoles,
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#12
Dr. Nick
>Read "Consoles Yes, PC No"
>Look for qubits name.
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#13
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Dr. Nick said:
>Read "Consoles Yes, PC No"
>Look for qubits name.
Absolutely, I like to make my headlines interesting and different from your average headline. :)
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#14
Shihabyooo
qubit said:
Absolutely, I like to make my headlines interesting and different from your average headline. :)
You certainly did spice up the front page.

So, anyone else going to boycott the game ? I'm sure a lot of people out there were waiting for a reason to.
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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Shihabyooo said:

So, anyone else going to boycott the game ? I'm sure a lot of people out there were waiting for a reason to.
I'm sure it's the opposite actually. I mean the game is so hyped and everyone just want it NOW so I don't think people will boycott it.
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#16
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Frick said:
I'm sure it's the opposite actually. I mean the game is so hyped and everyone just want it NOW so I don't think people will boycott it.
Some will, some won't, impossible to say what impact articles like this have on sales.

In my personal case, even though I think it's a bit of a low move and don't like to see crap like this, I wouldn't boycott it over this, since I normally only play single player and am not bothered with these competitions.

I'm more likely to boycott it over DRM and the fact I have to register with Origin. However, I would reserve judgement on that one until the game is released.
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#18
Haytch
I am sick of companies like this kicking us in the teeth.

EA has officially lost the last shred of respect I had for them. If they don't want me to be a part of what they got going on, then I don't want to be a part of what they got going on.

I will not purchase this title.
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#19
RejZoR
FPS games on consoles = fail

Sure you can play it. If you prefer feeling like a crippled retard in the middle of hardcore action. But since everyone are like this it doesn't matter... No gamepad will ever be more precise and fluent to play than mouse + keyboard.

I haven't played any of the recent games but i do own the PS2 and have played Black and Killzone on it and even though it was ok, i couldn't get past the fact that gamepad is the most retarded tool for the task. It's like giving all the rally drivers joystick instead of a steering wheel. You can imagine no one will drive well even after years. Just like you can't brush your teeth with a powerdrill or cook a steak with a flamethrower. Some tools are simply not universal. But they try to do everything using just gamepad. It's just a no go.
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#20
Animalpak
keyboard and mouse on consoles have been announced for PS3 and if I'm not mistaken is already available ...

I thought that if they did, the PC will be completely erased in the homes of gamers ...
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#21
entropy13
bostonbuddy said:
PC users would have an unfair advantage
LOL yeah, I don't know if it's true or not but isn't that the reason why there aren't any consoles v. PC multiplayer in FPS? Because the best PC gamers just kicked the ass of the "best" console gamers in FPS?
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#22
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Haytch said:
I am sick of companies like this kicking us in the teeth.

EA has officially lost the last shred of respect I had for them. If they don't want me to be a part of what they got going on, then I don't want to be a part of what they got going on.

I will not purchase this title.
Let your wallet speak! :rockout:
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#23
xenocide
Animalpak said:
keyboard and mouse on consoles have been announced for PS3 and if I'm not mistaken is already available ...

I thought that if they did, the PC will be completely erased in the homes of gamers ...
I know they have a really buggy Keyboard\Mouse setup for Xbox360, and have since around the time MW2 came out. PS3 probably has one kicking around as well, but setups like that tend to cost absurd amounts of money.
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#24
Cubeli
They are doing it to steer people away from MW franchise EEK!
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#25
digibucc
i agree this is stupidity, but boycotting bf3 you are only losing out. there will be nowhere near enough of you boycotting to make any real difference. boycotting is good and all, i just think this cause itself is lost.

plus, it's important to recognize that DiCE is not EA and vice versa. publisher's are evil, DiCE is a good developer. stand by the few good developers in existence even if you have to deal with a crappy publisher or two.
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