Blizzard working to fix Diablo 3's three day access restriction

Yesterday there was a bit of an Internet furor over a new policy Blizzard instituted that required buyers of the digital version to wait up to 72 hours to access the full game (though they may still access a demo with some restrictions.)

Blizzard maintains that the precautions are necessary to ensure the safety and security of its players. Especially in light of numerous fraud and hacking attempts that have come to light since the game's launch. They also do this to try to deter gold spammers from hawking their wares.

"Similar to World of Warcraft, these restrictions were put in place to deter credit card fraud, which in turn helps reduce gold spam and other harmful activities that can have a negative impact on the game experience for everyone," said a spokesperson for Blizzard to Eurogamer.

They said that the restriction is an "unintended consequence," and they are "working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share."


  • FunkyDarkKnight - June 25, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    The whole Diablo III thing is terrible, when you get down to it. I mean, the always-online DRM (even for singleplayer, which means you get lag in singleplayer; gj Blizzard) is bad enough, but now you can't even progress past a certain point in the game for three days that can be reached in under two hours. It's a good game, but it has all these restrictions and barriers surrounding it that I can't even be bothered to try anymore.
  • zombi3grim - June 23, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    Someone get a tissue. Im about to drown in crybaby bitch tears...
  • redwing605 - June 23, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Real easy fix, BUY A PHYSICAL COPY! If you have a netbook, you shouldn't be trying to play anyway.
  • ParagonT - June 24, 2012 5:29 a.m.

    I wouldn't think that we would have to take a step back in order to play games.
  • radiodeaf - June 23, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    DRM is BS, Blizzard's 72 hours is BS, and D3 is complete utter shit. Pretty much sums it all up. Those who defend the company and game have their nose so far up that Blizzard ass while others don't even have the game or haven't played but a few moments. "Looks amazing" it doesn't. "Great story" it isn't. "Cool skill sets and armor" they aren't. "FUN!" No...grinding is never fun. Only halfwits play this game and get some gleam of fun out of it. Basically you play the game 4 times fighting bosses that aren't any different in animation or attacks, just harder due to some stupid system that seems too glitchy to have been in so long of development. The icing on cake, the only fun to be have is to go thru the game with a friend and enjoy the craziness that may happen from trumped up demons and monsters. To play it? YOU HAVE TO WAIT THRU SERVER UPDATES AND SHIT LAG! I've turned on my system at the times I've only had to play my DH in Nightmare, only to find a message suggesting they are patching. Again. COME THE FUCK ON! Don't pay for this game...don't even support it if you are sane. It's greed at it's worst and it's being considered a high mark among other developers. "They'll put up with Blizzard's shit, wonder what we can get away with."
  • Thedigitalg - June 23, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Some of us enjoyed and are enjoying it. Updates and patches are expected from an online game, and those of us not playing it on a shit decade-old laptop have zero lag.
  • radiodeaf - June 23, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    LOL my rig has nada a problem with any game you can throw at it... I don't need to worry about my system, being a 12 core machine with beast of a Quadro backing it for work purposes, I don't have a problem in that regard. I work off a fiber connection, so it isn't lag from my end either. So you'll excuse me when I'm clear on saying, the game has lag, and it's all Blizzard. I can give you specs, but so could anyone. I'm not interested in a pissing contest either. Just wanted to clarify. So if someone has a shit laptop and can still play, they should be happy with times being down that they could? On a single player game that should be played at anytime? You argument is null mostly on you being a douche. Also, because you enjoy playing a cheap loot drop game no where near comparable to it's predecessor.
  • Danomeon - June 24, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    I'm enjoying the game, myself. I like the skillsets, I like the classes, I like slaying the bosses and large hordes of enemies with my friends. I think it's pretty immature to judge other people's intelligence based on whether or not they like a particular video game. That's almost like predicting someone's GPA by looking at what flavor of ice cream they prefer. It's totally subjective. You seem to be stating your opinions as facts, bluntly stating things like, "No, they are not" rather than "I don't believe they are." If we were to be stating opinions as facts, I could tell you that Diablo 3 is undoubtedly a fantastic game and anyone who disagrees is a halfwit, but that would make me look like an idiot. Disliking a game is okay, but insulting people who have different opinions than you on a videogame is incredibly immature.
  • ElwoodFiore - June 23, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    This games garbage in all honesty whoever gave it a 9+ is a dip shit (ign) (gamespot) i didnt bother checking gamesradars review cause it probably was high, you cant rate a game chapter by chapter......simply put the game is working until you get into hell+ when the game starts lagging and freezing and is just a complete mess of invulnerable suck my dick french fries mortor hamburger minions plauged death
  • ohms - June 23, 2012 1:18 a.m.

    How ironic. They are trying so hard to fix the problem about restriction that they intentionally put it on themselves.
  • disc0rd13 - June 23, 2012 12:34 a.m.

    This is the least of blizzards problems. With patch 1.0.3 they have made the game damn near unplayable post hell. When you go into a game and your risk vs. reward becomes a 4+ to 1 ratio. Game is broken and Blizzard has failed once gain. Corporate greed wins once gain. Die in a fire Blizzard, welcome to my list of retroactive abortions.
  • Voltanis - June 22, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    they are "working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share." And I'm guessing this update will arrive in.... 72 hours?
  • Redeater - June 22, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Jim Sterling just wrote a fantastic article on why Diablo 3 is "better" than Torchlight 2. Pretty much sums up how I feel about Blizzard right about now.
  • mockraven - June 22, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    I had to look up this article you mentioned. It was hilarious and spot on! I'm so disenchanted with D3 at this point. Especially after the quiet change of Blizzard's former statement of "digital purchases do require a review period before they kick over from Starter to Full editions," into (as the last line of this article says), "They said that the restriction is an 'unintended consequence,' and they are 'working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share.'" Blizzard even had a sticky in their forum (which has since been removed) labeled as "Stuck at Level 13?" and explained why new digital purchases would remain as "Starter Edition" for up to 72 hours. There was no mention at unintended restrictions until the past day when people were calling their banks to force a refund (or transaction reversal) and threatening to file for fraud. Probably the forced refunds moved Blizzard's hand more than the threats, though. Money talks most, after all.
  • Redeater - June 22, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    LANS are so 1996!

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