A New Zealand Diablo Immortal streamer who spent nearly $16,000 trying to get a 5-star rare gem immediately destroyed it live on Twitch before deleting the game from his PC in protest.
As VGC reported, Quin69 had been trying to get a 5-star gem in Diablo Immortal since the game’s release on June 2, spending over $25,000 NZD (15,997 USD) in the process:
The stream quickly went south after Quin69 finally acquired the gem, declaring “It’s over” and immediately uninstalling the game. After remembering that he hadn’t taken a screenshot, he reinstalled the game, deciding in the meantime that he was going to destroy the gem in protest. Sure enough, he used the 5 star gem to power up a useless 1 star item, left his clan, deleted his hero, then uninstalled the live game. He told his viewers “F##k you, f#####g Blizzard.”
As noted, Diablo Immortal’s microtransactions have drawn heavy criticism since its release, with Jez Corden and our friends at Windows Central noting this week how the game and its microtransactions almost feel like they’re designed to induce expense:
Diablo Immortal is specifically and aggressively designed to amplify and retain those same addictive tendencies that I’m trying to bury. The game unabashedly speeds you up with scaling rewards that are inexpensive to start with, but gradually increase in price, emblazoned with “400% added value!” to make you think you’re getting a deal. Crests in the game tweak Elder Rifts to increase the chance of loot and gems, which sprout from the chest in a familiar Diablo III satisfying way, pushing reward triggers that Diablo III players have already come to appreciate.
It emerged shortly after launch that you can max out your in-game character to the tune of $110,000, making the top Diablo Immortal builds unattainable for most users.
The ongoing storyline continues to be a blot on an otherwise hugely promising mobile experience that offers great gameplay, monsters, loot, accessibility, and solid performance on many of Apple’s best iPhones and iPads.
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