Wonderful! Excitement worthy news, I'm glad I stayed around =D
Also, does this mean that when designing any sort of competitive map you should take in consideration that teams might have map hackers, since now there is really no a way to ban them?
People still need a Battle-net account, and it's not all fun to create a new one too often. Don't think you have to worry about it, if it's going to be a real problem for maps, I'm sure Blizzard figures something :)
What I meant was, most Arcade players are just ppl taking a break from melee. Most of page 1 is Tug of War, TD, Footman Frenzy and AoS. Stuff that is dumbed down melee in many sense.
Since now in theory we will have infinitely more ppl coming from everywhere and other gaming backgrounds (not just melee players taking a break from melee), potentially alternative maps will have bigger potential.
In other words maybe the most popular maps genres will change ;)
The recent changes mean you do not have to purchase the full version of StarCraft 2 to use the Arcade. It allows people who have the free Starter Edition to be able to fully use the arcade - I'm not 100% sure but I assume this also means that the HotS Dependency is available to, therefore making spawning obsolete.