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.