China Promoting Illegal Diablo III Crack

Diablo III hasn't been released in China yet, but the game is definitely enjoying a lot of coverage there. Enterprising players are already playing the game by buying copies from foreign countries, much to the ire of Korean and Taiwanese players. Now it seems there may be a way for Chinese players to play Diablo III without causing problems for the Asian server.

People's Daily's online gaming channel, China's party newspaper's online website, as well as Tencent, one of China's largest internet gaming sites, have put out articles that heavily feature the use of a Diablo III crack so that players can play offline.

Currently, foreign games that enter the Chinese market need to be censored and "published" by a Chinese internet operator such as Tencent, Shanda or NetEase. NetEase is the operator for World of Warcraft in China.

The crack in question, released by the notorious game hacking group Skidrow, is basically a server emulator for Diablo III. The server emulator would allow the game to think that it was "connected" to Blizzards server, thus allowing the player to play Diablo III offline. Currently the crack is still in beta stage, but a torrent has been released.

Perhaps due to the overwhelming popularity of Blizzard games, Tencent and People's Daily have highlighted the story on their websites. The writers for the stories went even as far as to say, "we hope that SK group can have this crack working 100 per cent, so that we can play Diablo III before there is an official operator."

The articles also ask potential users of the crack to bear with the problems as the crack is only in beta. "We, as the guinea pigs, will have to be prepared for bugs but at least we can play offline."

Now there are countless legal issues at play with what the Tencent and People's Daily articles are promoting. Interestingly enough, both articles only bring up the legal issue of who will operate Diablo III when it is officially allowed into China, completely forgoing the obvious break in end user agreements and piracy laws.

《暗黑3》Skidrow局域网破解版放出 [People's Daily] 国外破解小组再逆天 暗黑3免费破解版放出 [Tencent]


    Legal, illegal, the rest of the world wants an offline/private server (Offline and Lan would be awesome), I look forward this if it means I can ignore Blizzards servers.

      Fucking Oath Invid i agree so much with you, when it comes on the consoles and if it doesn't have always online i will laugh and laugh at the pc users.

        ....Yeah laugh at us, with our 10 years worth of technological advances over your out-dated consoles....laugh I say!

          hahah pc players get treated by game companies like the red haired step child...

        Indeed... got a refund on my D3. The playability was ridiculous. Bring on offline!

    Only a matter of time and im glad someone has done this cause fuck blizzard always online....

    A - Do you know the Chinese laws on cracking? Here it is legal ... so it's probably legal there as well.

    B - Instructing someone in a crime is illegal here, but they did not.

    C - They were responding to a problem caused by large amounts of users who'd bought the game legally.

    D - They were doing a public service by taking them off Japanese & Korean servers.

    I really hope blizzard goes down in flames they stuffed this game up majorly. Also how long till the dupe items make it into the RMAH via a crack ?

    I hope that this crack gets translated to english, haven't been able to play diablo 3 for days because of shaky internet.

    its not a crack, its a server emulator just like the server emulators for wow. and justlike the wow sprivate servers, you will be lucky to get it running in so that its barely playable due to the lack of ai and setting of drop rates.

    Their Diablo 3 is going to be so different to ours. Skeletons are illegal to show in China, is the first boss going to be the Zombie King or something?

      Thats the strategy they adopted for World of Warcraft so I think its likely yes.

    I wonder if Blizzard will try to patch this workaround out one way or another? Blizzard only really bought time with their draconian style DRM as we saw with Starcraft 2 and Assassins Creed 2 server emulators will by-pass always online DRM. It may be a bit buggy at first, but the pirates will be the ones laughing later when they play Diablo 3 offline on the plane.

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