Battlefield 4 – DICE is ‘Very Interested’ in eSports

Though Battlefield 4 multiplayer details are still scarce, DICE is showing interest in the eSports scene looking into ways they can integrate it into their upcoming blockbuster FPS, releasing this fall.

In fact, general manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson recently told YouTube personality Luetin09 that his teams is “very interested” in adding eSports functionality to Battlefield 4.

“…yes, we’re very interested in this area, and we’re definitely going to see what we can do there,” said Troedsson during a video interview. “I can’t talk about the specifics because we’re not announcing them, but I can say that e-sports is an area that we are very interested in.”

Troedsson went on to say that integrating eSports functionality into a game like Battlefield 4 is “not as easy as some game developers like to think, that it’s just you do ‘x, y and z’ and everything is done – it’s actually much bigger than that now.”

There are some people that actually see this as a new phenomena, and that’s not true either. For the people that have been involved in this scene it’s been around for a long time. It’s just recently that it’s really started to take off more in semi-mainstream, online media etc. which is amazingly cool by the way.”

More recently, developers Treyarch took a similar approach to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and are now holding one of the biggest eSports competition in the world this week.

Would you like to see something similar make its way to Battlefield 4? Let us know in the comments how (or even if) you’d like to see eSports integrated into Battlefield 4!

If you missed it, be sure to catch the latest Battlefield 4 trailer as well as 17-minutes of in-game footage.

Via, VideoGamer.

  • ROCKMONEY

    Call of Duty does eSports so I guess Dice/EA has to try it out also…

    • Jason

      I know it seems like EA is trying too dip their hands in everything COD does to make them that much more successful and Competitive (which they most likely are lol) but I think it’s good BF is interested in Competitive gaming and it might bring that Competition to more Random MP matches that some of us say is lacking in BF and give an reason for players to practice as a team/squad because honestly should/would work better in BF than COD

      • Dirtknap

        Agreed, and I don’t think they are copying CoD, relevance in the competitive scene almost seems to be becoming a check box in the dev cycle for many developers. And these things are seldom tacked on because a a competitor does it, I’m sure DICE will have been working on a well rounded, robust eSports system for some time, one I believe won’t alienate the core community like other devs have.

    • kevin lemur

      i don’t care that COD does eSports. Counterstrike was huge, still quite popular, in the fps eSports before COD. Either way it doesn’t matter, because i’m a fan and would love to be able to watch BF games on twitch. only way i’ve been able to watch it is through individual streamers or how LvLBF does on their website. if they could implement some sort of spectator mode would be great.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      eSports is a MUCH larger scene than just CoD, hell it’s been around longer than CoD (Like kevin lemur mentioned, Counter-Strike is an amazing example.) BF3′s fans have been asking for better eSports capability and support for a long time, it’s not really a “Oh, CoD does this, we must one up them!” thing, there’s a very large demand and market if they can make BF4 very eSport friendly.

    • ConsoleGamersAreIdiots

      twat console kids with their idiotic comments.

      Esports were around before the smartest part of you dribbled down the inside of ur moms thigh.

      ever hear of Counterstrike?

      its a game played on the PC… where real games are played

      • http://www.facebook.com/TheNeoReaper Chad Eugene Rash

        And PC “gamers” are fat slobs with no life outside of “gaming”. Move out of your parents basement you human failure.

  • Delta8A

    dice…esports…. aahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • blondbassist

    Here we go again!!!!!

  • mrup2nogud

    Lol everything nerfed and patched all the time.. Don’t bother getting used to your favourite gun as they get mucked about with all the time to keep the few thousand esports crowd happy.. Utter bullshit

  • KANNABIS

    What ever happened to the “tournaments” in BF3? There are dog tags for them.. but never saw anything happen. Or maybe I just missed it…

  • mrup2nogud

    Lol don’t bother getting used to your favourite gun as they’ll nerf and patch them all the time to keep the few thousand esport crowd happy.. It’s a joke

    • http://twitter.com/Bucxley Nathan Buckley

      Well spoken.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.huggins.7 Thomas Huggins

      Which is it… a joke or utter bullshit?

      • mrup2nogud

        lol.. Both. I couldn’t find my first comment so assumed it had been removed for profanity so I rephrased it…

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      Why’s this a bad thing for anyone? It gives DICE a really big reason to keep the game balanced, and balance is good for everyone.

      • MrLadyfingers

        It made BF3 feel like a 2 year long beta just trying to make DICE happy. Maybe competitive input is what DICE needed to make up theirs minds lol. Guess it COULD be a good feedback tool… or it could just be smoke in mirrors and make the task of balancing the game even harder.

        We will see.

        • Oblivion_Lost667

          The reason BF3 felt like a “2 year long beta” was because DICE took a month or more between each patch, they rarely did hotfixes, they did GIGANTIC patches and that was it.

  • zach

    well at least there’s a reason to have those servers where everyone starts at level 1…

    oh wait, they’re still fucking retarded.

  • Patrick Bateman

    How about you stop adding gay COD crap like eSports in BF4?

    BF4 is supposed to be a hardcore tactical realistic military simulator, not gay immature kiddie crap like COD. Leave that esport gayness out.

    • http://twitter.com/Bucxley Nathan Buckley

      Battlefield may be more realistic than games like CoD but it’s still a game, not a hyper-realistic war simulator.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.huggins.7 Thomas Huggins

      BF4 is far from you described if it’s anything like BF3. It is not hardcore and it is semi-realistic, at best. Not saying the game sucks, but you’re giving it way too much credit.

      • Jason

        He’s Trolling guys, He always does this rather it be supporting COD or BF or any other game, He is on IGN as well with the same name and pic lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.huggins.7 Thomas Huggins

          What a weird way to amuse yourself…

          • xrefusedx

            The truth isn’t weird. It just hurts sometimes.

            • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.huggins.7 Thomas Huggins

              That reply made no sense… Lol.

            • xrefusedx

              Just keep reading it. Over and over. You’ll get it eventually…….I think…..

            • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.huggins.7 Thomas Huggins

              Not that worried about it.

          • Jamic

            It amusing because I was there to withness the first P. Bateman post ever when that account was created (along with the poster at EA US forums)

            Yeah, somebody has been sticking with this joke for way too long…

    • Master Bateman

      Yeah right, BF soldiers have advanced DNA that heals their bodies in seconds after taking damage from multishots and explosions.

      • JustinD

        Even after one is headshot with .338 lapua can still be revived into perfect working order

    • Sebax55

      Long time no see :D I missed you xD

    • hey

      BAHAHAHA MILITARY SIMULATOR, BAHAHAHA LOL, what a freaking good laugh that was, thank you.

  • born2expire

    server side hit detection and battlerecorder, without those you have nothing (ie BF3).

    mod tools would help also, so we can take all the random shit outta the game.

    don’t use COD as your model, look at Counterstrike instead.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      I highly agree, though taking stuff out really isn’t required for it to succeed, it just needs options and flexibility. Though, I wouldn’t ever expect mod tools with how BF3 went. (Modding the tint being a supposebly bannable offense anyone?)

  • WarHero

    http://www.videogamer.com/xbox360/battlefield_4/news/battlefield_4_wont_have_co-op.html

    Seems legit,DICE is really focusing on SP and MP for BF4..shame they cut Co-Op had fun with a buddy while playing it.

    • NLGamer1995

      Co-Op was extincted in BF3 after 2 weeks after BF3′s release, so I don’t think Co-Op will be a hugh addition to BF4.

      • Oblivion_Lost667

        Which is sad, had they properly supported it, fixed it, and refined it, it could’ve been a really cool and fun addition to the game’s many gamemodes.

        • NLGamer1995

          They supported the Co-Op. There just weren’t enough players that plays the Co-Op missions. BF3 is all about a big multiplayer sensation and Co-Op fails horribly in that.

  • MegaMan3k

    I can’t imagine this turning out all that well. The Battlefield games generally just aren’t suited to this kind of high level competition.

    • Dirtknap

      Check out RivalXfactors Youtube channel, there’s some competitive gold on there.

  • EotL-Le4d

    This is great news. They’re not copying Call of Duty. I swear anything they do someone picks them up for ‘trying to copy COD’. Battlefield has always been played competitively. Ever since the 1942 days. That’s how they beta tested 2142, they brought in the top competitive clans from Battlefield 2 to test out their game.

    How will this effect people that don’t play competitively? It will have no effect on anyone except for the people that do want to take the game seriously and play competitively. I play Battlefield 3 competitively and it’s a real struggle to setup and organise games. If you watch Jackfrags’ video on making BF4 competitive, he brings up some really good points. It’s an excellent idea, not only is it good through a marketing perspective but it also benefits the gamers increasing the longevity of the game. DICE is listening to their fans.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      I agree, and watching Jackfrags’ video(s) on BF4 is a really good idea, because he does bring up some good points, and says a few solutions to problems in BF3 that they can fix in BF4 for the competitive scene.

  • luis lorenzo

    yes

  • http://twitter.com/DirkDeadeye Mike

    They beat this drum at nasuem during the hype for BF3. Why is this shit even being reported? they didn’t deliver last time.

  • Soldier

    Would love to see actual e-sports play in Battlefield 4, seeing as EA/DICE disappointed the entire competitive community on the consoles in BF3…

  • Katana67

    Is it odd that the only people with MLG avatars that I see are always the people exploiting and blatantly hacking?

    • moose

      maybe its because people who are skilled enough to play in MLG look like hackers to you?

  • Nick Loner

    Well, if they’re serious about eSports – hopefully this means they’ll actually put some effort into fixing bugs and add some demo-recording and spectating functionality.

  • moose

    did they say the exact same thing before they released BF3?

    • SangheiliSpecOp

      They did. They will also be saying it with BF5. People are stupid.

  • Andrei Stoica

    They need MLG to pick it up or its not going to happen.

    • Oblivion_Lost667

      Why’s that? Counter-Strike and it’s sequels have done amazingly with eSports without MLG.

    • Oerba

      MLG sucks, Halo was the only thing going for them pretty much, and ever since Halo tried to become similar to CoD with Reach the series has been shit.
      No new age shooter will ever come close to CS1.6 or Quake in terms of skill or competitive popularity. Hardly anyone cares about “competitive” BO2, and the only reason why it has any competition or even views on Twitch at all is because of the sheer number of people who bought and play the game, regardless of skill level. That being said, BF and COD are fun, but they are not natural fits for competitive play.

  • dpg70

    Bookmark this article so we can come back to it in October and revisit how DICE trolled us yet again.

  • DeLucaFTW

    Battlerecorder. Wait and see.

  • Yessir

    According to xcaliz0rz, who used to play comp. 1942, that game worked for competitive very well because infantry combat was the single most important key role in the game. Plus they did 12v12 servers I believe. That’s not always been the case in BF3 and BC2. It’s too vehicle-centered.

    • zakrocz

      Eh?!!! April Fools day has past.

  • AL_GR33N_

    I seem to recall that with the launch of BF3, or certainly shortly thereafter, DICE/EA made quite a bit of noise about wanting to make BF3 relevant on the eSports field. Unfortunately, the tools necessary to make this happen never materialised. Rather than get excited, I would suggest waiting till we get spectator mode, battlerecorder, and everything else we’d need to make BF4 competitive in that respect.

  • Tre’ Cool

    wel, I hope that it WON’T be like in BF3.. They said the same thing for BF3.. : “we’re very interested in e-sports..” blah blah blah…

  • Delta8A

    lies and lies again

    • moose

      yea see i knew they already pulled this shit on us.

      I will not buy bf4 WITHOUT BR/1st person Spec

  • Jay Zero

    Being a battlefield player myself as well as an avid CoD esports viewer and player, i couldn’t see battlefield being a big hit in esports purely because of the size of the maps and the team sizes, cod and halo work well in esports because of the small-medium sized maps and the 4 or 6 man team sizes. but we’ll see, definitely interesting

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Schulze/1505305164 Ryan Schulze

    I just left the “media” last year and there are plenty in the industry that are looking at ways to grow and capitalize on eSports in the US. The number of views online for eSports events are surreal, though concentrated abroad. People are noticing.

    It’s an extension of multiplayer and just like it, for many games, you’re ignoring a potential boon to your games’ base if you ignore it.

    Squad DM, Squad Rush, & CTF already are a possibility. Hopefully they can find a way to incorporate the speed and action a eSport FPS needs while separating the game with BF tactics and skills. The time, thought, and vehicles that BF incorporates is what sets it apart.

  • Peter

    yeah this is great! half the reason I play/watch starcraft is because of e-sports. It forces the developers to step up their game in a big way and that’d be good news for Battlefield!

  • Bad4sure

    If you don’t make some kind of spectator mode BF4 competitive will die just as quickly or maybe quicker than BF3.

    BF4 NEEDS SPECTATOR MODE TO SURVIVE!

  • Bad4sure

    BF4 competitive needs a spectator mode or it will die just as quickly as BF3 did.

    Besides that I think it would reduce some of the cheat accusations flying around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.molina.37 Christopher Molina

    Am i the only one that dosn’t know what esport is ?

    • http://twitter.com/darkthunder84 Michael Anderson

      Electronic Sports, basically certain types of games that you can compete in, win prizes etc, on the computer.

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  • Warlon

    Esports have been a huge part of the Battlefield franchise since its very beginnings. From BF42, DC, Vietnam, BF2, 2142, BC1,BC2, to BF3. There have been matches occurring weekly across the globe. Large 32v32 like 21cw or levelbf. Small comp leagues like CAL or TWL and CEVO. Esports has always had a major presence and it’s great to see the devs return casting tools to the game.

  • Myles Shapiro

    They said the same thing about BF3… even had a ‘million dollar tournament’ scheduled.

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