Post-Launch Auction House in Diablo III Would Require Re-Rating in South Korea

on January 13, 2012 1:30 PM

Today millions of Diablo fans screamed in joy as the South Korean Game Rating board finally gave Diablo III the go-ahead with a 18+ rating.

According to Korea Times, a representative of the Game Rating Board specified that the controversial (at least locally) real money auction house was not included in the build submitted by Blizzard Korea, and that “an addition of the real money auction house with a future update would require a  re-rating examination”.

This is a rather clear signal to Blizzard about the fact that the real money auction house is not a welcome feature in the Asian country, and that the GRB will keep an eye on the game even after its launch.

This might be the last time Korea hears about the feature, and it’s probably the last time I get to use the picture with the Diablo III logo on the bed of Won (the South Korean currency) bills. I was starting to be fond of it…

In a rather weird note it seems that Blizzard Korea didn’t yet receive any notification of the rating yet. A spokeswoman of the company told Korea Times: “We saw the news on the GRB website, but we received nothing from the board itself”. This is unusual, as the official procedure involves contacting the publisher before making the rating public.

[Korea Times]

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.