A law firm has launched an investigation into Blizzard Entertainment’s latest free-to-play video game, Diablo Immortal, focusing on a certain in-game purchase.
Blizzard Entertainment allegedly misrepresented the effects of the purchasable item called the Blessing of the Worthy gem, which is now the focus of this investigation. The investigating company is Migliaccio & Rathod LLP and could turn into a class action if they find conclusive evidence.
Diablo Immortal tricked players with Blessing of the Worthy Gem
According to media Polygon, the Blessing of the Worthy gem originally had a description stating that it would grant a 20 percent chance to deal damage to enemies amounting to 12 percent of the player’s maximum health. This has since been changed to accurately reflect the item’s true capabilities.
The new description now states that the gem would grant a 20 percent chance to deal damage to enemies that was equal to 12 percent of the player’s damage. CURRENT life and not the maximum. This meant that the gem would become useless if the player’s health dropped.
This was only a minor issue and would have been easily changed, but the issue was its availability, as it could be purchased for real money. Many players paid good money to get this gem, which misled them with a false description. It was understandable that many members of the gaming community were angry with Blizzard.
in a reddit post, Blizzard announced an update to the item description. The team also gave away a set of free gems as compensation to those affected.
Here is a post from the law firm on their official Web siteofficially launching his investigation:
Rather than offer refunds or some sort of compensation, Blizzard responded to the Blizzard community stating that they will be changing the item’s text description to reflect its actual effect, at level three. This practice essentially amounts to bait and switch, as you announced a purchasable item with an effect players wanted and ended up with something completely different.
The law firm is now asking players who were affected by this in-game purchase and would like to share their experience. They can answer an online questionnaire so they can assess your potential claims.