Battlefield 3 Attempts to Enter the e-Sports Community

You may remember back in the developmental stages of Battlefield 3 that DICE showed intent to craft their title to be a contender in the e-Sports community. A few weeks after it’s released, have they accomplished what they set out to do?

Many e-Sport athletes(?) would argue “no,” at least not in its current state. Battlefield 3 is a game of highly tactical, team-oriented and competitive nature, so why does it not stand out as a e-sport title? So far, the Battlelog has done a lot to support clans by including “Platoons” as a way to organize squads. However, it would be great if it were possible to schedule events through the Battlelog or even formally and publicly challenge other platoons to a match or tournament which would show up on the battlefeed. Of course, what good would it be challenging another platoon if you can’t record your matches. DICE has talked of a battlerecorder making it into BF3, but we have yet to hear any details or updates on the matter. Another great addition to recording would be some sort of spectator mode. This would be great for commentaries and being able to view the entirety of a match from all perspectives. Lastly, though it has already been confirmed to eventually make it into the PC version of BF3 and hopefully in the console version as well, the commo-rose will be a great addition to team communications.

For now, DICE leaves us with some hope of these features making into Battlefield 3.

Recently, fans have been asking Global Community Manager, Daniel Matros, what DICE’s plans are to bring Battlefield 3 up to par with other e-Sport titles. Though he could not go into great detail, he did mention that “…we are hearing the competitive community…” When asked if there is any way to hide the in-game HUD and weapon, Matros responded, “not right now but considering the post launch updates and plans we have, all feedback is considered to be very nice .” Lastly, in a community podcast with Don’t Revive Me Bro, Matros, as well as Senior Gameplay designer, Alan Kertz, spoke of the future of Battlefield 3 and e-Sports. Mentioned in this podcast was that DICE is still working on making sure the game is in pristine condition before entering the e-Sport scene. On top of that, DICE want’s to give the community time to learn the game in every aspect and in all it’s little details.

So, though Battlefield 3 may not be the hippest cat on the e-Sport scene at the moment, things are looking to change. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow MP1st on Twitter and Facebook!

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  • http://www.sk3tchy.com/ Andey

    wuddup bitch niggahs, im doin my thang trollin

  • Andrew Fox

    ” Lastly, though it has already been confirmed to eventually make it into the PC version of BF3 and hopefully in the console version as well, the commo-rose will be a great addition to team communications.”

    It’s already in the PC version, just hold Q. Unfortunately it doesn’t come up in chat and can’t be used for spotting on the map so unfortunately it has no useful options in it and should just be removed.

  • http://twitter.com/pandaBear7109 pandaBear

    I dunno, the squad system is a bit wonky and doesn’t really work well. Although the ability to create private matches would negate this.

    As it stands I don’t BF3 would be the optimal e-Sports game to watch or to play, maybe when the patch comes out it’ll fix a lot of the things wrong with the game.

  • https://profiles.google.com/u/0/106170665503036869873/about/edit/d?np=1&hl=en james

    There is a difference, more noticeably in FPS’ between ingame “teamwork” and player teamwork. Nothing about BF3 ingame mechanics has anything to do with teamwork. A group of people in a squad, active with their mics using different classes (or all medics) is teamwork.

    But the REAL reason why this game will never be an e-sport title is because of the gunplay and movement. CS, Quake, possibly COD4, commands are ultra responsive, movement is fluid and as responsive as the player is skilled (how fast you mash keys). On the other hand; BF3 is slow, consolised and unresponsive. That is how DICE intended it to be. FPS e-sports aren’t about “teamwork”. It’s about reaction, timing and prediction.

    There is a reason why vars for removing weapon switching timers and animations are canon in some e-sport titles. BF3 just isn’t twitch enough and I honestly don’t see it changing. Ever.

    Fun game though.

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