Diablo 3 China Launches: 1M Sales

The Diablo 3 beta has ended in China and the game is now live and open to the public in that region. In China it’s free to play for D3v, with a fee to upgrade to Reaper of Souls, plus all the “stash for cash” features (full details here) that a surprising majority of you guys in the US/EU want as well.

The grand opening article can be seen on the official Diablo 3 China site, which includes a video with Mike Morhaime. He says over 1m players have purchased the RoS upgrade since the beta testing began last month, though no word on the real money purchases (Plat for Stat?) is yet available.

Diablo 3 China Launches. Google translation of the official site post:

“Diablo III: Reaper of Souls” national service operations today officially opened, Chinese players and the holy military confrontation with the angel of death to the time! Take this opportunity, we want to participate in the testing of millions of players to express my heartfelt gratitude, thank you for their time, give us patience, providing valuable feedback, suggestions, and bug reports. Meanwhile, Blizzard Entertainment CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime also brought his greetings to the majority of Chinese players.

Video below the fold because auto-play. Also click through for surprising results of our vote, showing that most players on US and EU want “stash for cash” Chinese style on their realms.

Our vote from the Chinese D3 info post from last week. Shut up and take our money?

What's your approval of the P2W and DLC in Chinese Diablo 3?

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BTW, one of the Google translations for “Reaper of Souls” was “Prodigy Scythe,” which I have to admit has a pretty cool ring to it. Like a foundational 1990s big beat electronic band. NSFW version of their best known track.

[Unrated] The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up from nick544101 on Vimeo.


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  1. Diablo 3 wasn’t available in China? oO


  2. How to stop the audio that automatically starts playing??? It is also playing on the main home page. I posted in the Site Support forum

  3. Since you can more or less p2w on heroes of the storm and hearthstone and they seem to sell everything on wow (realm changes, lvl boost, etc.), I don’t see why they can’t add some features on the not-an-esport that is D3.

    Ok, we paid full price, it’s unnaceptable, etc. – but if you have 5 alts, there is some struggle for space (or, at very least, tons of muling to do). I would put D3 microtransactions on the already giant “unnaceptable things under the sun” list.

    To be honest, I would like to see at least 3 more tabs, no matter how (or how much), on my stash.

    For how much they sold the tabs on China?

  4. why do they get the game free ? thats not fair…

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