Diablo-III-D3-Wallpaper-Logo 23 Jun

The collective nerd rage of the internet seemed to focus its energy yesterday on the discovery that digital copies of Blizzard’s Diablo III came with a potential three-day waiting period for full game access. For the first 72-hours after purchase (sometimes less, says Blizzard), players are limited to the Starter Edition of the game. Said edition blocks Global Play and Auction House access, along with several single and multiplayer limitations. Blizzard has since released a statement assuring the community that work is being done on the restrictions.

“We are working to correct this as soon as possible and will provide another update when we have more details to share,” a Blizzard spokesperson clarified to Eurogamer, “Again, we want to be perfectly clear that these are temporary restrictions (often lifted within a day and at most 72 hours) associated with digital purchases for the protection of players.”

According to Blizzard, the 72-hour period is the maximum amount of time taken for payment verification, and imposed “…to deter credit card fraud, which in turn helps reduce gold spam and other harmful activities that can have a negative impact on the game experience for everyone.”

(via via Games Radar)