DICE Are 'Very Interested' in Bringing eSports to Battlefield 4
DICE's general manager hints at breaking into pro-gaming.
Speaking to YouTube personality Luetin09 DICE's general manager Karl Magnus Trodesson has revealed the developer is "very interested" in breaking into pro-gaming with Battlefield 4.
"Multiplayer is the heart of any Battlefield game that we do. That won't change moving forward," the developer commented. "I can't talk about the specifics because we're not annoucning them, but I can say that eSports is an area that we are very interested in."
Trodesson went on to comment that eSports integration is not as simple as some believe. "[It's] not as easy as some developers like to think. That it's you just you do 'x, y and z' and everything's 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 started to take off more in semi-mainstream, online media etc., which is amazingly cool by the way."
Trodesson's comments seem to suggest DICE are trying to replicated the huge success enjoyed by Treyarch following the introduction of pro-gaming and game broadcasting with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 last year.
Last week 17 minutes of Battlefield 4's single player were shown off in a trailer but details of the game's multiplayer remain a secret.
You can watch the interview with Trodesson below.