Site reader Secondii mailed in to let us know about a promotion Blizzard is running for Diablo III in Korea. Over the next four weekends, all gamers who play Diablo III from some participating cyber cafes will get a 25% bonus to experience gained during Fri-Sunday, including experience to their Paragon levels. (Which Google translates as the “Conqueror system” which IMHO is a much better name for it.)
The Blizzard promotional page is in Korean and Google translation doesn’t work so well on Hangungmal, but the gist of it is that this is a promotion Blizzard has with one (?) chain of cyber cafes. They promote D3 and Blizzard gives their players a special bonus to experience, which drives more business to their stores.
Secondii says this sort of promotion for MMORPGs is quite popular and common in cyber cafes in Asia, but this is the first time he’s seen it run for any Blizzard game. Doesn’t seem likely we’ll see anything like this in the EU or US markets any time soon, lacking the cyber cafe culture that so dominates Korean online gaming. It’s not a huge promotional value either, really. You can get 25% exp from a medium-high level Ruby in your hat, and 5 stacks of Nephalem Valor is worth 75% exp bonus, so it’s not hard to have +100% experience, even without any item bonuses, and tacking another 25% onto that isn’t a real game changer.