More than 50 per cent drop in players with Xfire service
A freeware service, Xfire is used for instant messaging and as a game server browser among other things. According to a chart provided by the service the amount of people who play Diablo III (and use Xfire simultaneously) have dropped more than 50 per cent from May 25 to June 24.
If this chart is an indication of what is taking place within Blizzard’s latest title then it shouldn’t be surprising. Diablo III has had a messy launch where the various server issues, constant downtime, and other problems continue to plague the game.
Most recently the developer announced a limit and wait time for anyone who purchased the digital copy of the game. Those purchasing the game would have to wait up to three days before having full access to the game. In South Korea, where a law will come into effect banning the sale of virtual items, the company has started to offer refunds to disgruntled consumers due to the poor server performance.
On top of all of these issues is the always-on DRM that the game uses which prevents fans from playing the single-player campaign whenever the servers go down due to technical issues or updates.
Press2Reset staff writer Sean Knight previously looked at the potential trouble ahead stating that Blizzard would have to buckle down on cheaters, botters, and third-party sellers. He also said that should these issues continue from launch they could hurt the game in the long run while deeply wounding Blizzard’s reputation as one of the best PC developers in the business.
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