Diablo Immortal apparently it will not be released in Belgium and Hollandit seems that this was confirmed by Activision Blizzard, through the mouth of the Communication manager of the company responsible for that geographical area, who explained that the failure to exit is due to the presence of prize funds.
As it had previously emerged, the prize funds are assimilated to gambling in some countries, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, and for this reason Diablo Immortal cannot be marketed in this area, despite the developers having defended the purchasing model in -app in the game.
“Unfortunately, players in the Netherlands and Belgium will not be able to install Diablo Immortal due to the gambling restrictions present in these countries “, reads the official subReddit, which was echoed by the statement of the Communication manager of Activision Blizzard for the Benelux, who explained that the failure to leave” has to do with the current operating conditions of the games in those countries “.
A spokesperson for the publisher also pointed out the risk of trying to download the game from other countriesfor residents of the Netherlands and Belgium (using different accounts or VPNs, for example): “It would still be illegal to download the game from another country, such as France. If you get it to work I can’t guarantee you won’t get banned,” he said. explained.
In fact, we recall that the Belgian Gaming Commission expressed itself against the loot boxes, or prize funds, already in April 2018, focusing in particular on the FIFA Ultimate Team packages, finally deciding to ban games containing these monetization systems.
As for the Netherlands, the issue is more complex: the law does not provide for the total removal of games with prize boxes, considering that the fine initially imposed on EA for FIFA Ultimate Team packages was later revoked by a second ruling. . However, it is likely that Activision Blizzard wanted to play it safe by eliminating any root problems in those countries.