Long before Starcraft II released, Blizzard announced back in 2009 at BlizzCon, the Battle.net marketplace. A place where Blizzard intended for users to be able to create and distribute maps for Starcraft II. In an interview Eurogamer, a Blizzard representative told the publication, that the development of the marketplace is “Struggling”.
Dustin Browder, a StarCraft II design director had this to say:
We are moving forward. We are working on it actively now. As you can imagine there is an immense number of challenges for us to overcome. We’re trying to deal with those issues. I don’t know how we’re going to solve some of the player rights issues.”
“How do players protect their own maps so they don’t get ripped off by other players? What are the rules of how much you’re allowed to charge? There’s just a ton of work for us to figure out.”
I’m sure they’ll figure it out, in time. The problem is, there are many in the community that have been waiting for the marketplace for quite some time. This July StarCraft II Wings of Liberty will celebrate it’s first birthday, perhaps Heart of the Swarm will have a marketplace to go along with it? Perhaps not. What was not given in the interview was an ETA.