I recently read that D3 will not support LAN play. http://www.diii.net/blog/comments/bashiok-on-lan-support-hammer-lore-and-blizzcon-t-shirts/ And on a side note, Blizzard seems to be playing it cagey when it comes to answering questions about a fee-based battle.net service: That's code for, "yes there will be paid features of battle.net". Or maybe it will be ad-supported with a pay option to remove the ads. Etc. _____ And now it seems SC2 won't support LAN play either: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/blizzard-starcraft-warcraft-doda,8169.html I suspect people are reading too much into this. I envision an implementation whereby you are required to authenticate with battle.net to play which is not to say that all games are hosted by battle.net. Or not. I dunno. I fear that achievements will negatively influence strategy and predictability in SC2. I hope I am wrong.