Diablo III digital edition buyers denied full game for up to 72 hours

More and more people are buying their PC games simply by going to a website, typing in their credit card information and then downloading a client. Most people expect to play the full game when that happens. Now it turns out Blizzard is keeping people who buy the digital version of the action-RPG sequel Diablo III from getting access to the full version of the game for as long as three days.

In a post on the game's official message boards, Blizzard stated that with the new 1.0.3 patch that was released earlier this week, it also puts in a restriction for players who buy the digital edition. It limits them to the Starter Edition content for as long as 72 hours. That means players can't level up beyond level 13 and can only play the game up to Act One and the Skeleton King boss, among other restrictions.

In a follow-up post, Blizzard stated that they put in the new digital game policy " ... to combat fraud and other malicious activities that can weaken everyone's play experience." However, it is certainly an inconvenience to all those folks who buy the game legitimately and then are stuck with playing through a small portion of the game while having to wait until Blizzard approves them.

Source: Diablo III website

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Blizzard has quickly killed any good reputation they had with releasing Diablo 3. They have basically shown totally disrespect towards their consumers, and basically said, " You guys are stupid, we know what fun is, shut up and just accept what we deem acceptable." I've completely stopped using the RMAH, because even if I sell something, Blizzard gets a profit, and I don't want them making any more money. I will only use the Gold AH, and that is only if I stick with this game. But right now, Blizzard is almost as bad in my eye as Capcom... almost.

I realized just how bad they were getting back when they tried to put another subscription tier on top of the existing World of Warcraft one... Needless to say, the community backlash was so fierce they quickly backtracked from it, but the fact that they wanted to do something like that was just spelled out how greedy they were becoming, attempting to bypass the reason people paid them $15/mo to begin with...

That said, I really hope Torchlight 2 and Guild Wars 2 dig away at their player bases. Not because I'm anti-Diablo or Warcraft, but because I love the games and want to see them succeed properly, without being bastardized by these cheap money making schemes.

I simply can't believe they would do something this anal and stupid. Is Blizzard trying to purposely and single handedly hack off their player base?

Ugh... you know how you typically get the fanboy crowd arguing with the anti-product/company crowd? Yeah, I just got done reading a stream of comments that had none of that. Everyone seems to be angry with Blizzard. Given their recent behavior, I find it rather disappointing how they're treating their paying customers.

Meanwhile, pirates are already working on server emulators for D3. So that didn't change anything. Everything they're doing now seems to protect their cash cow RMAH... And good paying customers of theirs are the ones having to suffer.

Blizzard is definitely going downhill pretty quickly. To me ArenaNet will probably kill their MMO in due time and if they don't step up with their games and bring their quality up to par with what other companies and indies have started to provide, they'll end up having a bad future.

I had this problem (couldn't earn exp at all).. I was also locked out of the real-money auction house stating that I must have owned the game for at least 3 days (I have).

All you have to do is change your battle.net password.

They've got some sort of problem with their system where, if you bought through battle.net, you have to change your password before the game's tables update with certain bits of your account status. Not sure why but this is one of many instances of Blizzard dropping the frickin ball. Changing my pw fixed not being able to earn exp and my real money auction house access.

Caleo said,
They've got some sort of problem with their system where, if you bought through battle.net, you have to change your password before the game's tables update with certain bits of your account status. Not sure why but this is one of many instances of Blizzard dropping the frickin ball. Changing my pw fixed not being able to earn exp and my real money auction house access.
It's not a problem, it's by design.....read the first link in the news, blue post stating that this is how it's designed and it is not a bug.

Nagisan said,
It's not a problem, it's by design.....read the first link in the news, blue post stating that this is how it's designed and it is not a bug.

Doesn't matter if that's how it's designed. It's a stupid design, and therefore causing problems for people who buy this game legitimately.

SharpGreen said,

Doesn't matter if that's how it's designed. It's a stupid design, and therefore causing problems for people who buy this game legitimately.
I don't recall saying it was a good idea, I simply stated that it was not an issue/problem Blizzard was having, it is something they intentionally added.