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Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3

The Korean Fair Trade Commission raided Blizzard's Seoul office on Monday after receiving complaints from gamers who were refused refunds over inability to play Diablo 3 during server outages surrounding the launch of the action/RPG sequel, reports the Korea Times. "We have received many complaints from Diablo 3 users," a spokesman for the FTC told the paper, though he reportedly refused to elaborate beyond admitting that Blizzard is under investigation. This doesn't sound like the outcome will live up to how dramatic this all sounds, as while the report says authorities "secured related documents and other evidence with which it will determine whether Blizzard broke the law," the potential outcome is apparently simple refunds, as the paper says: "It’s too early to see any results of the probe but some investigators expect the regulator to issue an order mandating Blizzard to provide a full refund to all unhappy customers." Thanks Forbes via Joao.

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25. removed Jun 1, 2012, 22:55 space captain
 
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24. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 21:14 ventry
 
necrosis wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:41:
And if they do get their refund they will just rebuy it 3 months down the road.

People need to stop being all sandy vag.

And you need to stop bending over and taking it up the arse from AAA game companies like a little prison bitch.

They'll keep doing dodgy shit if you keep buying their games.
 
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23. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 18:58 ASeven
 
MadBoris wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 16:21:
Good, it took the Koreans finally busting down there door to get a refund.

Probably the only one's Blizzard will listen to.

That's what it takes with a company of that financial magnitude that thinks it can step all over people.
Even though some people wanted to be stepped on but eventually they changed their minds, good for them.

Damage was done though, expect more always online SP games due to people getting a game that they ended up getting bored of in a very short time.
 
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22. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 16:21 MadBoris
 
Good, it took the Koreans finally busting down there door to get a refund.

Probably the only one's Blizzard will listen to.

That's what it takes with a company of that financial magnitude that thinks it can step all over people.
Even though some people wanted to be stepped on but eventually they changed their minds, good for them.
 
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21. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 16:17 Marvin T. Martian
 
Bodolza wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 12:06:
Tumbler wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:09:
the government there sticks up for the people!? Why can't that happen here!?

Didn't you get the note? The government helping people is socialism, and we don't want any of that in the U.S.

After reading a few posts, a few peeps need to actually figure out and learn that this is SOUTH KOREA with an elected gov't- it is now a liberal democracy. Not communist, not dictators---OMG a democracy that actually helps the consumer. U.S. could actually learn a thing or two.
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20. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 12:53 SimplyMonk
 
This is what happens your the substantial percentage of your country's economy is based on internet cafe's and tax revenue from Starcraft Tournament awards.  
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19. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 12:06 Bodolza
 
Tumbler wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:09:
the government there sticks up for the people!? Why can't that happen here!?

Didn't you get the note? The government helping people is socialism, and we don't want any of that in the U.S.
 
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18. removed Jun 1, 2012, 11:11 space captain
 
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17. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 10:15 Mashiki Amiketo
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 09:24:
Oh wow, a country where gamers are not spineless and the government doesn't mind intervening to protect customers rights?

Wish more countries would do this regulation against publishers who abuse customers, maybe the gaming industry would be a lot better and the fanbois would be a lot less. ...
It's just like the US in terms of government(maybe worse considering the daewoo dynasty bs), except that the regulatory agencies have serious bite, and can commit raids and levy serious fines against companies. You think industry in the US doing all the crap they can in the US is bad? Try S.Korea.
 
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16. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 09:26 ASeven
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 09:10:
Tumbler wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:09:
What the hell, the government there sticks up for the people!? Why can't that happen here!?

? You go live there and then tell me if what they are doing is a good idea.....this is a ridiculous response by Korean officials.

How is this a ridiculous response? They went to Blizzard's offices, got the proof that they mishandled the launch, something which is against Korean Law, you see they there believe in getting everything that was advertised when you pay for a good or service, and now will force Blizzard to provide refunds against people who have legitimate complaints.

How is this a ridiculous response in any sense? This is what should be happening more around the world to be honest.
 
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15. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 09:24 ASeven
 
Oh wow, a country where gamers are not spineless and the government doesn't mind intervening to protect customers rights?

Wish more countries would do this regulation against publishers who abuse customers, maybe the gaming industry would be a lot better and the fanbois would be a lot less. Hope this happens more often, publishers do need this consumer regulation imposed by governments since they are getting out of hand in customer abuse.
 
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14. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 09:10 xXBatmanXx
 
Tumbler wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:09:
What the hell, the government there sticks up for the people!? Why can't that happen here!?

? You go live there and then tell me if what they are doing is a good idea.....this is a ridiculous response by Korean officials.
 
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13. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 05:42 Luke
 
Stop going the ubisoft way...blizzi  
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12. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 04:37 InBlack
 
mystery8 wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 04:13:
It's not a raid unless you have more than 5 players.

Oh fuck man, you made me spill my coffee...
 
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11. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 04:13 mystery8
 
It's not a raid unless you have more than 5 players.  
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10. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 03:53 InBlack
 
LoL, I doubt people have even heard of Diablo in Noth Korea and somehow if they have Im pretty sure that they dont give a flying fuck. They have their own IRL Diablo that is much scarier than our feminized iteration of the Lord of Terror.

As for South Korea, raid sounds much cooler than. "Erm we rang their doorbell and presented them with a court order to refund unsatisfied gamers".

Gaming is big in S. Korea, and big = politics.
 
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9. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 02:28 Prez
 
"Raid" is such a sensationalist term for what is a pretty routine legal action. It's not really a "Raid" unless property is destroyed and /or people are beaten or shot. Maybe in North Korea...  
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8. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 02:07 Fantaz
 
Hey, I want a refund too! I would've finished the game 2 days earlier only if the servers weren't down so much...  
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7. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 01:56 Cutter
 
necrosis wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 00:41:
And if they do get their refund they will just rebuy it 3 months down the road.

People need to stop being all sandy vag.

Or maybe the fuckers shouldn't have bought it to begin with.
 
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6. Re: Korean FTC Raids Blizzard Over Diablo 3 Jun 1, 2012, 01:36 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Interesting, I'm going to have to see if I can get my BiL to give me a scan/translation of their license contract. I know in the NA version it says that you can get a refund within 30 days.  
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