Diablo III's "Plunging" Popularity In Korea Is All Relative

Diablo III's release was eagerly anticipated in South Korea. The country has always been a strong Blizzard bastion. But several months after its release, the game's popularity is now on the slide in South Korea. Or is it?

One of the country's most authoritative online game ranking sites, GameNote, revealed that Diablo III has plunged eight spots in the weekly rankings to 11th place. This means that Diablo III is no longer in the top 10, which is dominated by League of Legends in first place, Blade & Soul in second, and FIFA Online 2 in third.

According to The Korea Herald, the game's "plunging" popularity is related to server issues, bugs, and glitches. Writes the paper:

The latest rankings suggest that despite the belated move by Blizzard, a growing number of Korean users are deserting Diablo III, whose content remains the same. The absence of new content in the past two months since the high-profile launch seems to have left a number of players doing repetitive item hunting or going through the same courses again and again.

GameNote apparently uses home computers for its metrics — as opposed to Gametrics, which uses PC bang (net cafes) for its data. While Diablo III has fallen out of the top 10 on the GameNote charts, it's number four on the Gametrics chart. The "true" ranking is probably somewhere in between.

Popularity of Diablo 3 plunges in Korea [Korea Herald]

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Comments

    even with all the delay and polishing, it turned out to be such a letdown.

    Torchlight 2
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    Torchlight 2

      agreed. im bored of D3 and can't see myself going back to it.

      Bring on Torchlight 2...much better game.

      Torchlight 1 is even better than d3

        Torchlight 2 is a bucket of shit

    I played it for a few hours today and just found myself getting angry at it.

    I played it for about 150 hours, that's more than enough game time for the money spent.

    This is quite a good article by Bashcraft. I live in Korea and anecdotally I would agree everytime I am in a PC Bang people are playing Sudden Attack or even original Starcraft

    "The absence of new content in the past two months since the high-profile launch seems to have left a number of players doing repetitive item hunting or going through the same courses again and again."

    Welcome to Diablo? It's not an MMO.

      +1

      Oh this bleeding obvious answer always has me chuckling. Then again it was Blizz who decided to give us am "MMO"-like experience =P

      Its not an ARPG either (look it up buddy).

      It's also a game no true gamer want's to waste their time with anymore (Kripparian).

      Diablo 3 had so much potential and so many people that should have made it good.
      They clearly didn't want to make a good game as they frittered away entire years to iron out the RMAH.

      Bli$$ard RIP

      My problem is the lack of randomness in the map and dungeons, D2 had far more procedural creation, D3 feels the same each time.

    What have we learnt? A beta test that doesn't actually test the servers for release, always online is always bad, no mod capability - no long term community. Also it wouldve been nice if they actually made a new game instead of re-skinning D2.

      Are you serious?
      It would have ACTUALLY have been nice if they re-skinned D2, that's what's the majority seemed to have wanted. Instead, we got this watered down thing that while initially a lot of fun, gives you virtually no reason to go back once you're done.

        +1 for a reskin of diablo 2...that is exactly what I wanted, and I thought it was shit (not a shit game, but was a shit diablo) before the end of Act 1.

        I still played it a lot, it was okay, but I wanted Diablo, not Diablo meets WoW meets Starcraft (single player missions).

    The only thing that keeps me playing D3 is my friends, but then again all of us is just waiting for torchlight2 to come out and ditch D3 en masse

    Botting D3 and making cash has been heaps more entertaining than playing the game.
    I owe Blizzard thousands of $$. For that I say thank you for making a great game!
    GW2 will be the next game I actually play

    $60 cost, 400 hours played, $140 profit from RMAH, can't complain here.
    I have since stopped playing as it did get boring, but my lust for starcraft 2 has returned.

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