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Starcraft 2 Community Continues Downward Spiral

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Starcraft 2 released on July 27, 2010.

The Starcraft 2 community has been crumbling for some time, and today, one of the game’s most popular players announced he was moving on.

Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnell II said in a post in his subreddit today that he would be looking for other ways to engage in e-sports.

“The people in the scene (casters, community figureheads, players) are completely out of touch, the community is confused and conflicted, and Blizzard is woefully inadequate.”

Other significant members of the Starcraft community have also expressed this displeasure with Blizzard’s handling of the game. Mike ‘Husky‘ Lamond recently tweeted “In order to grow SC2 needs 1) Clans with message of the day, forums 2) Auto-enter chatrooms, 3) Blizzard automated tournaments, 4) Clan automated tournaments 5) Unranked ladder 6) MAYBE Free 2play online 7) Full stat tracking for all races/matchups.”

The overly competitive nature of Starcraft is what seems to be the catalyst for the growing unpopularity of the game. The chasm between professional players and casual players grows larger every day and can be very discouraging. Bonnell addressed this as well in his post.

“If I didn’t play SC2 professionally, I could never see myself buying it. Why on Earth would I ever get a game that’s so centered around this cut-throat competitive side that just doesn’t appeal to most people? Fuck, even if I want to 2v2 with my girlfriend or 3v3 with a couple friends, I still get assigned a rating for it. So now, instead of fucking around and enjoying ourselves, I actually have friends that stress over winning team games? No way man, fuck that.”

Perhaps Blizzard thinks of Starcraft 2 as ‘too big to fail.’ My brother Chris once said that Starcraft 2 was the best hope the world had in North and South Korea coming to a treaty. It was meant as a joke, but the popularity of Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War was undeniable, and Starcraft 2 seemed to live up to those expectations. But as time has gone on, Blizzard has shown time and time again that it has no interest in fostering a community.

While Bonnell has made up his mind about Starcraft, he is unsure on where to go next. League of Legends (or LoL), the most watched e-sport in the world, seems to be his next step.

“I honestly feel like LoL will be the bigger game for the next several years, making it the obvious choice to transfer to.”

As long as Blizzard remains passive and unresponsive to the plight in the community, Starcraft 2 will continue to fade away while other e-sports such as League of Legends and DotA 2 flourish.

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