Blizzard recently confirmed that they will no longer be supporting LAN in their upcoming game Starcraft II. This comes at a huge shock for both myself and many others who love to play games with people in the same room without having to worry about internet connections. The official statement from Blizzard:
We don’t currently plan to support LAN play with StarCraft II, as we are building Battle.net to be the ideal destination for multiplayer gaming with StarCraft II and future Blizzard Entertainment games. While this was a difficult decision for us, we felt that moving away from LAN play and directing players to our upgraded Battle.net service was the best option to ensure a quality multiplayer experience with StarCraft II and safeguard against piracy.
Several Battle.net features like advanced communication options, achievements, stat-tracking, and more, require players to be connected to the service, so we’re encouraging everyone to use Battle.net as much as possible to get the most out of StarCraft II. We’re looking forward to sharing more details about Battle.net and online functionality for StarCraft II in the near future.
I would assume the main reason they’re doing this is for anti-piracy because no other reason makes as much sense. While many people don’t pirate games off the internet, it is unfortunate that people who do end up screwing everything up for the rest of us.