Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm is coming out sooner than later, and I feel this game has enough reputation and prestige to easily compete with Diablo 3 or Mass Effect 3, of which both games had promotions on this website. Promotions are fun, and I'd very much like to see one for Heart of the Swarm. Is there something I can do to help this happen?
Arqadites? Arqadians. Hello, Arqadians!
Lemme address a few of the questions I see coming up here.
Q: Can we do something for Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm?
A: Possibly! Read on.
Q: How about we sponsor a team or a tournament?
A: Nope! You are correct that we've done this in the past, with League of Legends and WoW Mists of Pandaria. It's fun for the Arqade community, which is great! We like fun! Unfortunately, the sponsorship type activities are not a worthwhile investment for us. We spend a gazabajillion bucks on them and they only get us a relative handful of new users (some of whom are awesome! Hello, awesome new users!). We like spreading goodwill and happiness throughout the gaming community, but we'd rather focus on doing stuff for you guys that also attracts some good new users. (As Business Cat would put it, the ROI is much higher when we focus on our community as opposed to on somebody's cousin's Team Fortress team.)
Q: Hey, what happened to that Lauren person who used to hang around here? She used to make this stuff magically happen before we even knew we wanted it.
A: She no longer works for Stack Exchange, and we're still pretty distraught about it, but learning to live without her. She left for a position at a younger, hipper NYC startup, and we have no problem with that. This unfortunately means that we no longer have an employee whose whole job it is to plan awesome stuff for the Arqade community. We do still want to keep doing awesome stuff centered around game releases, though. We just need to figure out a good way to make them happen regularly, and that's in the works.
Q: That all sounds great. What's the outlook for Starcraft? Can we do something?
A: Possibly! It comes out March 12, 2013. We have some cool stuff planned between now and then, so it's not something we will be able to focus on until January. In the meantime, the Arqade meta community can start to generate some ideas about what we might be able to do for a Starcraft event. Or you could discuss what else is coming out in March or April that you might prefer to celebrate. The options are practically boundless.
In the meantime, watch your meta for more formalized instructions about how we can choose events to celebrate and how to decide what to do for them.