It looks like Blizzard is taking a step to improve the viewing experience for fans of StarCraft 2. PC Gamer is reporting that once the Heart of the Swarm expansion hits later this year the observer mode of the game will be able to have its UI tweaked, or even completely customized, allowing casters and event organizers to create an optimum and unique viewing experience for their fans. StarCraft 2 custom user interface elements can be moved, resized, or deleted all together, and new custom elements can be added. This update is really good news for the StarCraft2 e-sports scene.
Creating a custom StarCraft 2 user interface isn’t going to be for just anybody however. It will take at least a somewhat experienced modder to get the most out of the system due to the fact that you must access and alter resource directory files in order to make changes to the UI. No tools will be available in the actual client to modify the UI. The freedom this type of customization allows does override the lack of an easy in-client tool. Event organizers can create optimal UI’s for their viewing audiences that include custom elements allowing each event to feel unique. It also allows for the the inclusion of event logos and even sponsorship materials without having to use overlay templates in order to try and force the UI to function how they want. This should make for a much cleaner viewing experience overall.
If you’re interested in doing some custom StarCraft 2 observer mode interfaces when Heart of the Swarm hits, this post on the official Blizzard forums will give you a rundown on modifying the necessary files in the game client. It will be interesting to see what unique observer mode interfaces modders will come up with. Watching StarCraft 2 should be better than ever!