Diablo Immortal has been delayed for some parts of Europe


Following its original announcement back in 2018, last month Blizzard announced that Diablo Immortal would finally be launching on both mobile and PC on the 2nd of June. Unfortunately, it seems that for some parts of Europe where the game was supposed to launch in, there will now be a delay.

This will affect specifically both Belgium and the Netherlands. This is due to the fact that Diablo Immortal will be utilizing a loot box system and due to the strict laws in both countries, the game has been delayed until Blizzard can sort it out. In a statement made to Eurogamer, a Blizzard spokesperson said:

“Diablo Immortal will not be available in Belgium or the Netherlands, and will not appear on or the Belgian and Netherlands App or Google Play Stores. This is related to the current operating environment for games in those countries. Accordingly, pre-registrations for the game are not accessible in those markets.”

For those unfamiliar, loot boxes are items gamers can purchase either using real-life money or in-game currency (which can be obtained using real-life money). These boxes typically contain a random assortment of gear, cosmetics, powerups, and etc., and due to the random nature, there are some governments who feel that this constitutes as a form of gambling.

Diablo Immortal will still launch on the 2nd of June as intended, but Belgium and the Netherlands will not be part of it, at least for now.

Source: Eurogamer

Tyler Lee
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