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Diablo Immortal won’t be released in countries that ban loot boxes

Whelp.

Diablo Immortal will not be available in countries including the Netherlands or Belgium as they’ve outlawed loot boxes in one form or another.

Belgium banned the concept of in-game loot boxes way back in the before times, after an analysis of the situation in 2017. The Netherlands followed suit, though as our friends at Kotaku Australia point out, that country only has banned loot boxes that have items that can then be onsold for real-world money. Diablo Immortal doesn’t appear to have those type of loot boxes, but nonetheless, the game will not be available there.

“Unfortunately players in the Netherlands and Belgium will not be able to install Diablo Immortal due to the countries’ gambling restrictions,” reads a Reddit post that’s captured a message from a Blizzard gamemaster.

“The loot boxes in the game are against the law in your country,” the post continues.

“If you manage to run the game, I cannot guarantee that you will not be banned for it. What I can say is that in similar situations in the past where RNG loot boxes were against the law in certain countries, we did not ban any players for it, but I cannot give you a guarantee that you will not be banned. If you do manage to play the game on PC and mobile, as long as you use the same account on both, the cross-save should still work as intended.”

Players can expect Diablo Immortal on Windows PC, iOS and Android from 2 June.

Diablo Immortal

2 June 2022
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