EA buys the company behind Battlelog, so they can focus their efforts on Battlelog

Battlelog

By on September 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

EA has announced their purchase of the Swedish web development firm ESN, creators of the Battlelog software that powers Battlefield 3. Why? So that they can refocus all their efforts onto Battlelog rather than doing anything else, naturally.

“The ESN team is extremely happy to announce that we now are a part of the Electronic Arts family,” said ESN on their blog. “During the past few years we have been working closely together with EA and DICE to build Battlelog for Battlefield 3. We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity and the team is looking forward to focus all of its energy on DICE, Battlelog and the Battlefield series.”

This move does mean that anybody who doesn’t like the Battlelog system is unlikely to see a reprieve soon: if EA are willing to lay down some cash on buying the very company responsible for it, they probably think it’s working out pretty well. Similar systems can reasonably be expected to pop up in future Battlefield titles and presumably in other games as well.

Source: ESN

26 comments (Leave your own)

In before an Autolog site used for launching the new NFS game.

 

palzer0,

Knowing our luck, probably.

Battle log never had all that great features that couldn’t just be implemented into the game to save some ram and desktop space.
But if they see it as a valuable investment, who am I to judge.

 

palzer0,

It works great for iRacing.

 

I don’t see the issue with battlelog…. It’s much better than the server finding functionality of every other iteration in the BF series… *takes cover from incoming flames*

 

Another reason why me and all my friends don’t like BF3. We don’t want to be running the friggin browser to play the friggin game!

 

As if you have friends Exe.

 

Well its pretty obvious MoH will be using Battlelog too, so NFS isn’t an improbability.

 

ashigaru,
This is true purely because of how bad some of their earlier server browsers were. Even BC2 had a pretty rubbish server browser. Battlelog is by no means a good feature though.

 

wolfstar90:
ashigaru,
This is true purely because of how bad some of their earlier server browsers were. Even BC2 had a pretty rubbish server browser. Battlelog is by no means a good feature though.

True, it’s not the best browser out there. It is good though because fixing a web based browser and issuing updates for it separate from the main game client isn’t that bad an idea. Seems like they’d be saving themselves a lot of faffing about compared to doing it in game :)

 

exe3:
Another reason why me and all my friends don’t like BF3. We don’t want to be running the friggin browser to play the friggin game!

Wtf is wrong with running a browser? I only play bf3 when in skype with my mates now and battlelog (apart from the occasional bug) works great. It’s easier than loading up a game just to see what servers are being played on. It’s handy to be able to check your stats / who is playing / change loadouts without having to start the game. I don’t think I ever close my browser when I start a game anyway. In fact, I usually just leave everything running because I have the ram to spare.

I’m pretty sure once the game starts loading you can close battlelog anyway with no consequences?

 

bek,

I disagree, I actually find it a hassle to go through when websurfing as i’ll often lose the tab and also my computer isn’t the bestest in the world so i’d like to close the ram guzzling firefox when I try to play a game like BF3. Simple put I want some things, like my gaming and my websurfing, to be separate.

They should never have used a browser for this system, what they should have done is make a program like League of Legends. Their system is freaking amazing and I love being able to have it open while I wait for friends to come online or quickly do stuff between matches without having to go fullscreen into a game. The concept of Battlelog isn’t a problem at all, it was their stupid decision to use a WEB BROWSER in which to do it.

yurtles,

Maturity, get some.

 

exe3:
bek,

I disagree, I actually find it a hassle to go through when websurfing as i’ll often lose the tab and also my computer isn’t the bestest in the world so i’d like to close the ram guzzling firefox when I try to play a game like BF3. Simple put I want some things, like my gaming and my websurfing, to be separate.

They should never have used a browser for this system, what they should have done is make a program like League of Legends. Their system is freaking amazing and I love being able to have it open while I wait for friends to come online or quickly do stuff between matches without having to go fullscreen into a game. The concept of Battlelog isn’t a problem at all, it was their stupid decision to use a WEB BROWSER in which to do it.

I’ll agree that the LoL launcher is a great idea, but I’ve had more problems with it than with battlelog funnily enough… Mainly due to Adobe AIR constantly fooking up. Go figure!

Also I’d ditch firefox personally, if you’re having problems with it being a RAM hog which it totally is these days. Chrome handles it all much better I find :)

 

How is a web browser worse than a stand alone program? I sure as hell wouldn’t want a standalone browser program for all my MP games. Having a website makes much more sense. Loosing the tab is a ridiculous problem, since I have no trouble scrolling through between 10 and 50 tabs to find the one I want, or using firefox’s switch to tab feature if you try to navigate to a site you already have open.

 

exe3,
Hah. Lighten up sunshine.

 

ashigaru,

That’s more an issue with Adobe Air than with the idea itself.

bek,

Have you played LoL and know how they do things? It’s an excellent way for starting games without having to load them first. Heck why didn’t EA have Battlelog be part of Origin like how you can access servers for some games on Steam? MUCH better than using a web browser.

 

No. I imagine it would be similar to using xfire in that you can see the server playerlist, friends playing etc.

You keep saying it is much better than using a web browser, but so far you haven’t explained HOW.

 

exe3:
ashigaru,

That’s more an issue with Adobe Air than with the idea itself.

By the same token, your issue unfortunately seems to be firefox being a dirty resource hog than the browser system itself.

 

Battlelog almost makes Origin worthless anyway.
The idea of a Game manager/store is so you can buy and launch your games directly from it, instead it brings up the web-page where you can do all that from anyway.

So either, Ditch Battlelog or Origin, don’t keep both and add more bloat and user frustration!
Going… Battlefield 3 shortcut > Origin > Battlelog > Then finally getting into the game is far to much, then you have to pray you don’t get a problem with that horrible punk buster.

 

I didn’t like the idea of Battlelog at launch. But it’s definitely grown on me. The server browser works quite well. The party and voice chat isn’t too bad, although I’d still much prefer squad in game voip. If you’ve got dual screens it’s fantastic, you can keep it running on the other screen while you’re playing and see your friend’s updates and awards.

All the stats available are great, even better if you use the better battlelog addon for Firefox and Chrome.

it’s better than any in game server browser that I’ve ever seen. Except for possibly Valve games,

 

I’m pretty happy with where Battlelog has taken things. The browser is far, far better than previous Battlefield attempts, it is solid, reliable and I like that I can check out my unlocks etc while loading the next level and then seamlessly alt-tab back into the game and continue playing.

I’d welcome an Autolog for the next NFS game based on Battlelog. The in-game Autolog in Hot Pursuit was clumsy and slow.

 
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