$AU23,000 Later, Diablo Immortal Finally Gave Quin69 His Legendary Gem

$AU23,000 Later, Diablo Immortal Finally Gave Quin69 His Legendary Gem
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After two weeks of pouring money into Diablo Immortal’s gaping maw, NZ streamer Quin69 finally has his first five-star Legendary Gem.

Quin69 has spent $NZ25,165 (or $AU22,899) trying to coax Diablo Immortal into dropping just one of its highest-tier Legendary Gems. As discussed earlier this week, Legendary Gems are used for upgrading end-game level gear beyond its base stats. These gems are the only way to create hyper-optimised post-campaign builds, and it takes six of them to fully upgrade a character. Due to their incredible rarity, five-star Legendary Gems are considered whale-bait, a way to convince financially reckless players to dump an awful lot of money into the game.

All Quin wanted was to see how much money it would take to get one of these gems to drop. He blasted through $NZ10,000 in a single stream. He then broke the $NZ20,000 barrier late last week. It took another $NZ5,000 before the moment finally arrived.

The streamer’s experiment has illuminated just how stacked against free-to-players the Diablo Immortal experience really is. If it takes pumping almost $AU23,000 into the game to get one of these rare gems, then what hope is there for players that don’t, or can’t, pay?

Quin has certainly drawn his share of criticism throughout the experiment. His reckless spending and bursts of white-hot anger after failed drops caused many to wonder about his emotional stability. Others, even in our comments, were unhappy to see him giving Blizzard exactly what it wanted: his money. In the end, though, he proved his point. Chasing five-star Legendary Gems is a fool’s errand, a system designed to clear out bank accounts while giving very little back to the player.

Anyway, thanks for your service, Quin69. You can now stop playing Diablo Immortal for good.


  • Some content creators have way too much money and so little sense. Its great he is pointing out the flaws in the system but imagine is some of these content creators used their money to serve their community and make videos on the positive impacts on helping others, to inspire others. That would be something worthy of praise.

    • Maybe he does contribute his wealth more positively to society. Maybe he doesn’t.

      Maybe his efforts will deter others from unloading their money into the game. Maybe it won’t.

      Maybe he can live his life without judgement from others. Maybe he can’t.

      • Well if idiots are already spending their money in a clearly vacuous mobile game, they are not going to learn anything from a stunt like this.

    • Good point, imagine if dogs could drive submarines and the good it would do for overfishing on the moon!

  • I’ve seen lots of YouTubers sporting 100’s of thousands of dollars of bling without drawing attention to the fact they’ve pumped so much money into the game. I think quin69 being upfront about it is far healthier than the others because people watching it see what is involved.

    What annoys me is it is blatant pay2win on blizzard’s behalf. If it was cosmetic it would be better but the fact it gives upgraded gear as a result is insane.

    • Because it is targetted at an audience who are used to and accept play-to-win tactics. Western Diablo players arent necessarily the primary customers for this game.

  • Mean while there’s a family out there right now who can’t pay their rent.
    People who are struggling to buy food.

    But hey, throw what amounts to a small car’s worth of money into a pit for views. What a world.

  • Why would you waste such a large amount of money on a system you already know is predatory!? Ah the things streamers do for viral content…

    • Its scarey, the amount of money they drop to be relevant, so they can earn more subs and donations, and get top of the viewer count chart for the newest game.

      Look at Genshin Impacts top streamers have spent 6 figure sums on their blinged out accounts (often more than 1 account)

      • I’ve watched Youtubers for Genshin Impact. Two of them have both described how they need to spend $1000’s to get the latest character to 6 constellations, but will make all of the money back on Twitch and Youtube viewerships. Most money comes from company sponsorships.

  • Was he chasing any ?/5 star gem, or specifically a 5 out of 5 quality gem? Because if it was the latter he was chasing an extremely low chance of drop. Basically a 5/5 gem is a 0.045% chance drop, absolutely terrible odds, to the point where it’s just expected that if you want one your best chance is to just buy one (or six). Everyone know the odds are terrible, no one is expecting to get those themselves just by grinding. Now the real issue is that there’s no in-game method of removing currency from the game, so you can not luck into a 5/5, sell it, and then “cash out”.

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