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Diablo 3: Blizzard Removes RMT to Get South Korean Approval

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,633MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Blizzard has been working long and hard to get Diablo III approved in South Korea. The stumbling block? Real Money Transactions. According to South Korean legislators, the RMT component of Diablo III might be in violation of the nation's anti-gambling laws.

To get finalized approval, Blizzard has opted to remove the RMT auction house for the Korean version of Diablo III.

What do you think are the potential implications for other countries or for the general future of RMT in Diablo III? Let us know!

Source: Massively


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  • kadepsysonkadepsyson sun prairie, WIPosts: 1,937Member

    It'd be nice if it was removed from ALL versions, but ah well :)

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  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member

    Originally posted by SBFord

    To get finalized approval, Blizzard has opted to remove the RMT auction house for the Korean version of Diablo III.

    Yep it's time to learn Korean.

    Can we get a non-RMT version in English, too?

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  • eye_meye_m Notta Chance, ABPosts: 3,133Member Uncommon

    RMT guarantees I won't buy it, remove it and I might buy it.

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  • chomitechomite Victoria, BCPosts: 24Member

    Thank god I can speak Korean.

  • Bruise187Bruise187 Corning, ARPosts: 339Member Uncommon

    Not  buying it for the simple reason of having to be online to even play the game. Wish I wouldnt have bought SC2

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  • aslan132aslan132 Tampa, FLPosts: 378Member Uncommon

    Actually the RMT auction house is the only reason I will buy it. If they opt out for the American version as well, I wont be playing this game. But i seriously doubt Blizzard will want to lose that revenue stream. They lose way too much money for items being sold on "black market websites", and for everyone that doesnt want to use RMT the game will not change for you in the slightest bit. Just keep on playing your way, and ignore that feature. Its a win/win for Blizzard, since those other websites would still exist regardless of any auction house feature they implement. This just keeps it in house, safer for the player, and discourages scams and farmers. Thanks Blizzard, keep up the good work.

  • eye_meye_m Notta Chance, ABPosts: 3,133Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by aslan132

    Actually the RMT auction house is the only reason I will buy it. If they opt out for the American version as well, I wont be playing this game. But i seriously doubt Blizzard will want to lose that revenue stream. They lose way too much money for items being sold on "black market websites", and for everyone that doesnt want to use RMT the game will not change for you in the slightest bit. Just keep on playing your way, and ignore that feature. Its a win/win for Blizzard, since those other websites would still exist regardless of any auction house feature they implement. This just keeps it in house, safer for the player, and discourages scams and farmers. Thanks Blizzard, keep up the good work.

    really? Are you serious? Do you honestly think that having RMT will discourage farmers, bots and the like?

    All of my posts are either intelligent, thought provoking, funny, satirical, sarcastic or intentionally disrespectful. Take your pick.

    I get banned in the forums for games I love, so lets see if I do better in the forums for games I hate.

    I enjoy the serenity of not caring what your opinion is.

  • CalerxesCalerxes LondonPosts: 1,630Member Uncommon

    I more shocked that South Korea has anti-gambling laws has the government ever played a Free2Play Korean game?

     

     

     

     

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  • kostoslavkostoslav somborPosts: 459Member

    Originally posted by Calerxes

    I more shocked that South Korea has anti-gambling laws has the government ever played a Free2Play Korean game?

     

     

     

     

    Exellent question

  • RequiamerRequiamer ???Posts: 2,034Member

    Its an overall good news, korean have a lot of gambling problems like most of asia, and they probably have a lot of small gaming companies already abused the whole RMT deal, hence the action.

    And honestly i don't think it will have any implication here. Might make some people understand this kind of stuff isn't as "naive" and well intended as some people claimed all over the net.

    But will it change anything? i'm a pessimist. I'm not sure our government (Europe+USA) are either aware of RMT in gaming and all their implications, especially the most arming like some kids games payed by phones, and if they do, we will have to wait few years or some big event before they really act.

  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member

    Originally posted by Requiamer

    I'm not sure our government (Europe+USA) are either aware of RMT in gaming and all their implications, especially the most arming like some kids games payed by phones, and if they do, we will have to wait few years or some big event before they really act.

    Or the first I.R.S vs. John Smith case resulting from D3.

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,024Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by eyelolled

    really? Are you serious? Do you honestly think that having RMT will discourage farmers, bots and the like?

    No it wont, quite the opposite. But it will discourage spammers and suspicious web sites.

    Still, lets hope they back with the Western versions as well. RMT have nothing to do in a game like Diablo.

  • ClassicstarClassicstar rotjeknorPosts: 2,690Member

    RTM dont belong in games PERIOD, NUFF SAID.

    RMT just don't belongs in mmo's as Rick Santorum dont belong in politics PERIOD.

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  • ZX81SpectrumZX81Spectrum BordingPosts: 39Member

      I like the idea of controlled/legal RMT in Diablo 3. 

    I have been looking for a game that me and my wife can play which can contribute to the rising electric bill :P

     

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  • CeridithCeridith Toronto, ONPosts: 2,980Member

    I'd actually consider playing Diablo 3 if there were an RMT-less NA version...

    Oh well, TL2 still looks better to me anyways.

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member

    Originally posted by Icewhite

    Originally posted by SBFord

    To get finalized approval, Blizzard has opted to remove the RMT auction house for the Korean version of Diablo III.

    Yep it's time to learn Korean.

    Can we get a non-RMT version in English, too?

    Was thinking the same thing lol.  If I can manage to get my hands on the Korean version I may just play, if I can't then it's still a pass for me. 

  • GhabboGhabbo Buenos AiresPosts: 251Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by eyelolled

    Originally posted by aslan132

    Actually the RMT auction house is the only reason I will buy it. If they opt out for the American version as well, I wont be playing this game. But i seriously doubt Blizzard will want to lose that revenue stream. They lose way too much money for items being sold on "black market websites", and for everyone that doesnt want to use RMT the game will not change for you in the slightest bit. Just keep on playing your way, and ignore that feature. Its a win/win for Blizzard, since those other websites would still exist regardless of any auction house feature they implement. This just keeps it in house, safer for the player, and discourages scams and farmers. Thanks Blizzard, keep up the good work.

    really? Are you serious? Do you honestly think that having RMT will discourage farmers, bots and the like?

    Actually, it does. You see, having the option to buy from Blizz AH or a shady third-party, which one do you think most gamers will choose? If the price is similar between the two I think the answer is quite obvious.

    Now, when you withdraw real money from Blizz AH (I think thet called it Battle.net Wallet) you have to pay Blizz like 15% (or it was 25%, can't remember)... I'm sure that will discourage farmers (that is if most people buy from Blizz AH of course).

    (sorry for my english, not my main lenguage)

     

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member

    Originally posted by Loke666

    Originally posted by eyelolled

    really? Are you serious? Do you honestly think that having RMT will discourage farmers, bots and the like?

    No it wont, quite the opposite. But it will discourage spammers and suspicious web sites.

    Still, lets hope they back with the Western versions as well. RMT have nothing to do in a game like Diablo.

    How? They will simply advertise lower prices than others. This deters nothing lol and simply makes it more likely people will fall for those suspicious websites because they offer the same thing cheaper and...... theres no reason not to because Blizzard is fine with the RMT aspect. 

     

     

  • SiveriaSiveria Saint John, New BrunswickPosts: 1,200Member Uncommon

    The game was confirmed for consoles which pretty much means its gonna be shit just like dungeon siege 3 was. Its sad :( So tired of consoles ruining games on the pc.

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  • SojhinSojhin Tacoma, WAPosts: 213Member

    RMT auction house is a system I support. Many of us now have our own house(s) and a family. By extension enjoying a gaming passtime with a few bucks to spend on this hobby only seems to erk those that have a envy crutch.

  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    Originally posted by Siveria

    The game was confirmed for consoles which pretty much means its gonna be shit just like dungeon siege 3 was. Its sad :( So tired of consoles ruining games on the pc.




     

    The original Diablo was released for Sega Genesis.

  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    So the Korean version of D3 is going to be way better than the US version. Brilliant.

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member

    Originally posted by Ghabbo

    Originally posted by eyelolled


    Originally posted by aslan132

    Actually the RMT auction house is the only reason I will buy it. If they opt out for the American version as well, I wont be playing this game. But i seriously doubt Blizzard will want to lose that revenue stream. They lose way too much money for items being sold on "black market websites", and for everyone that doesnt want to use RMT the game will not change for you in the slightest bit. Just keep on playing your way, and ignore that feature. Its a win/win for Blizzard, since those other websites would still exist regardless of any auction house feature they implement. This just keeps it in house, safer for the player, and discourages scams and farmers. Thanks Blizzard, keep up the good work.

    really? Are you serious? Do you honestly think that having RMT will discourage farmers, bots and the like?

    Actually, it does. You see, having the option to buy from Blizz AH or a shady third-party, which one do you think most gamers will choose? If the price is similar between the two I think the answer is quite obvious.

    Now, when you withdraw real money from Blizz AH (I think thet called it Battle.net Wallet) you have to pay Blizz like 15% (or it was 25%, can't remember)... I'm sure that will discourage farmers (that is if most people buy from Blizz AH of course).

    (sorry for my english, not my main lenguage)

     

    Prices from these kinds of sites will never be similar which is one of the problems, they can afford to undercut beyond what is reasonable which doesn't allow for players to compete. 

    Think of it as a mom and pop store vs. Walmart...... who can offer the lower prices and why? Same applies here. Each individual player will be the mom and pop store vs. the RMT which would be the big business like Walmart. 

     

    The 15% to 25% Blizz gets makes this even more likely.... sorry no discouragement going on, making it more acceptable to go to those "Shady Sites" yes. 

  • SkillCosbySkillCosby Trenton, MIPosts: 684Member

    Originally posted by aslan132

    Actually the RMT auction house is the only reason I will buy it. If they opt out for the American version as well, I wont be playing this game. But i seriously doubt Blizzard will want to lose that revenue stream. They lose way too much money for items being sold on "black market websites", and for everyone that doesnt want to use RMT the game will not change for you in the slightest bit. Just keep on playing your way, and ignore that feature. Its a win/win for Blizzard, since those other websites would still exist regardless of any auction house feature they implement. This just keeps it in house, safer for the player, and discourages scams and farmers. Thanks Blizzard, keep up the good work.


     

    I strongly disagree.

    People will always buy items. However, this will encourage MANY more to do so.

     

    They lost my $60 bucks.

  • DecoyTrooperDecoyTrooper Baltimore, MDPosts: 239Member

    witch doctor FTW,  but I dont like the RMT

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