Belgium and Netherlands reject Diablo Immortal over locker gambling concerns


This week “Global Launch” of Diablo immortal already wasn’t that global considering several Southeast Asian countries have to wait for the release. And now the global label is shrinking even further as two European countries have dropped out of Blizzard’s mobile MMO.

The Netherlands and Belgium have reportedly locked themselves out Diablo immortal from launch in their respective countries. The studio’s official line is that this is due to “the current operating conditions in these countries,” but what really matters is “lockers.”

“Unfortunately, players in the Netherlands and Belgium cannot install Diablo immortal due to countries’ gambling concerns,” a Blizzard CS representative clarified. “The in-game loot boxes are against the law in your country. So if the gambling restrictions don’t change, the game won’t be released.” Of course, Blizzard states very strongly here that it won’t ban players in these countries from using VPNs and other tricks to gamble.

For the people who are wondering about Belgium and Netherlands from DiabloImmortal

Speaking of the business model, VG247 sat down with two of the game’s developers to talk about its microtransactions (among other topics). The studio stressed that all Diablo Immortals The content is “completely free” and would “never sell experience,” though it will sell Battle Passes and lockbox keys entirely.

As for the future of the MMO, Blizzard said, “We’re excited to deliver the story we’ve crafted for launch, but we’re going to do that with new zones, new dungeons, new characters to meet , definitely progress beyond the start interact, new demons to kill and also the heliquery system. There will be new Battle Passes every month and new classes in the future.”

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