Why don’t we pay an annual, monthly or bimonthly fee for maintenance and server support? We pay a monthly fee and once a yearish a new runeword or event is added and the server is maintained (to be explicit, bots and cheaters are sought and prevented). Would you pay money for this quality? How much if so?
Edit: I don’t want to attack Blizzard. How can we come together to satisfy and mutually benefit both parties? Blizzard is great, I just want more and I think we could improve the servers and add some interesting things to the game occasionally.
A fee works for WoW and other MMOs, if some occasional content is added and the fee isn’t excessive I would be totally ok with a subscription model for battle.net, what do you think? The quality would need to be GOOD so we get VALUE through our fee. Both parties should gain value or it’s no good.
To me, ridding Bnet of bots and having Blizzard support is quite valuable. Right now it seems like a Blizz rep reaches out every 3ish months, if Blizzard could add some support through increased revenue I think it would be a win for both parties.
At this point, what could they lose by incorporating a subscription? People have played D2 online w “support?” for almost 20 years, if they are no longer supported and don’t want to pay value prices then they can utilize the other options D2 supports. I think the D2 market is resilient enough to pay ~$10-$50 easily a year if they receive value in return. $5 a month? $10 bimonthly? sure, easy.