Blizzard Entertainment’s free-to-play action RPG for PC and mobile won’t be available in the Netherlands and Belgium
Diablo Immortal will be available for free on Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and Windows computers; It can now be downloaded on PC . However, it will not be a global release: in the Netherlands and Belgium the action RPG with MMO elements will not be available with loot boxes due to legislation , GamesIndustry reports .
Dutch headline Tweakers quotes a representative from Activision Blizzard Benelux to report that the title co-developed by Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase will not be available in the Netherlands and Belgium on June 2 due to “current operating conditions in these countries” . The company stopped selling loot boxes for Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm in August 2018 due to legislation passed by the Belgian Gaming Commission.
Players from both countries were able to pre-register on the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store so that the game would automatically download as soon as it became available. However, a few days after the announcement of the launch date at the end of April, this option was removed in those territories.
A user on the subreddit dedicated to Diablo Immortal has shared an email from Blizzard customer support confirming that the game will not be available in those countries. “Unfortunately, players in the Netherlands and Belgium will not be able to install Diablo: Immortal due to gambling restrictions in those countries .”
“In-game loot boxes are against the law in your country , so unless the betting restrictions change, the game will not be released in the Netherlands and Belgium.” In addition, the Blizzard representative adds that users who download the game from another country would be committing an “illegal” act . “If you do get the game running I can’t guarantee you won’t get kicked for it,” he concludes.