hearthstone

The Hearthstone community has been a little rancorous of late, and Blizzard hasn’t always been the best at communicating its intentions. While Game Director Ben Brode has done an admirable job of trying to keep up with his Developer Insights videos on YouTube and maintains a healthy presence on Reddit, there have been calls for more open communication between devs and players.

Unfortunately, as Brode revealed recently, that isn’t always easy. He records his videos at home after his son goes to bed. Worse, Brode writes that there’s “a lot of harassment that comes with being more public,” thus discouraging other Hearthstone devs from maintaining a more active presence on social media.

That activity will ramp up tomorrow, Jan. 13, when Brode and Game Designer Dean Ayala host a livestream on the Hearthstone Twitch channel. The duo will start at 9:00 a.m. PST and field live questions from fans — well, some of them at least, as the room is likely to be just a little packed.

If you attend, keep in mind what Brode said on Reddit — that harassment just makes Blizzard’s devs want to be less open with players. In other words, don’t be a dick.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Anon on January 13, 2017

    If your afraid of speaking and communicating with your player base then what are you doing in the industry then? Even though the players may be toxic they need to know what’s going on somewhat with the game you can’t just ignore them. If your just gonna ignore them your better off finding a job in another industry.

  2. Deathloche on January 13, 2017

    If you are afraid of speaking and communicating with your player base, then what are you doing in the industry.

  3. Hellsworth on January 12, 2017

    It’s really LoL when Devs are AFFRAID of their player base… I think they should be careful when going to the grocery store, you know it’s a public place something might happen.
    Reveals hindsight and probably some degree of egocentrism and ignorance which of course leads to fear or even hate… let’s just say not positive things!

    • Toxic players ruin everything on January 12, 2017

      True dude if they are really scared of their playerbase then I don’t see why they even do their job go find something else or just open up with what your supose to tell the players then that’s it. Or mute/ban the toxic players but I don’t think they should be scared of them kinda sad really. It’s also one of the reasons why I don’t play league of legends. I’ve been told it’s not toxic but I don’t believe it after all the reviews and people who told me it is I think it is.

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