Blizzard updated its Diablo IV Hardcore contest rules, which state that players who will get to play the game before the official release due to having early access won't be able to participate in the competition. With that, Blizzard removed all the concerns about the Hardcore race being unfair to those not selected to review and test Diablo IV.
Recently, Blizzard announced a Diablo IV Hardcore contest, named the Diablo 4 Hardcore Victory challenge, a race which will award the first 1,000 players for reaching level 100 on a Hardcore character by immortalizing their name by carving it into a statue of Lilith. The announced contest was accepted well by the community, but soon people started wondering whether the contest was actually fair.
Some players were concerned that those who would gain access to Diablo IV weeks before the release to test and review the game would have an unfair advantage and gain a substantial headstart ahead of regular players in the race to level 100.
However, the concerns weren't left unanswered. Blizzard changed the contest's rules, making the challenge fair for everyone.
Those who participated in the pre-release review version of the game during the month of May 2023 are not eligible for entry.
According to the new rules, every player who got access to Diablo IV early, as well as Blizzard employees and any of their family members living in the same household and their affiliates, are ineligible for the contest.
Employees, officers and directors of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (“Blizzard”) and its parents, affiliated companies and subsidiary companies, and their advertising, promotion, or production agencies, web masters and web suppliers, vendors, suppliers and production/distribution partners and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, with Blizzard, the “Blizzard Entities”), and their dependents, immediate families (spouse and parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and/or members of their households, whether or not related, are ineligible to claim this Offer.
Interestingly, even before Blizzard announced the rule change, many individuals who gained access to Diablo IV before the official release voluntarily removed themselves from the race to create a fair environment for everyone who wanted to partake in the challenge.
The community naturally accepted the rule change; however, it's worth noting that some players will still gain an advantage over most of the player base. The Diablo IV Hardcore challenge will begin on June 1, meaning that it'll begin along with the game's early release for those who purchased the Ultimate or Deluxe version of Diablo IV.
So anyone serious about completing the challenge is essentially forced to buy either of the premium packages – Deluxe ($89.99 or €89.99) or Ultimate ($99.99 or €99.99).
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