Quin69 Has Now Blown Over $18K On Diablo Immortal, Remains Gemless

Quin69 Has Now Blown Over $18K On Diablo Immortal, Remains Gemless
Image: Diablo Immortal, Blizzard Entertainment

After only recently making headlines for dropping $NZ10,000 ($AU8973) on Diablo Immortal and failing to come up with a single 5-star Legendary Gem, New Zealand streamer Quin69 isn’t giving up.

In the time since making his first round of headlines, Quin has dropped a further $NZ10,000 on Legendary Crests in an effort to sus out its drop rate. Having now pumped (at the time of writing) nearly $NZ21,000 ($AU18,845) into a personal crusade that is surely turning his accountant’s hair white, Quin still does not have a single Legendary Gem to his name.

Quin69 Has Now Blown Over $18K On Diablo Immortal, Remains Gemless
Big thanks to Gizmodo AU’s Zac Kelly for this one. Image: Kotaku Australia

The reason Quin is refusing to give up is a desire to show the world how predatory the player Diablo Immortal‘s revenue model really is. The community is already well aware that the game has been built to milk their wallets for all they are worth, at every level, but the question of exactly how the numbers have been weighted remains.

As explained the last time we caught up with Quin69, Legendary Gems are required to upgrade the stats of Diablo Immortal‘s best end-game gear. The 5-star Gems are the most powerful and desirable, but also the rarest. A total of six 5-star Legendary Gems is required to fully optimise a complete post-game kit.

This tallies with news reported by GameRant last week that suggested Diablo Immortal‘s pity system wasn’t quite on the level either. The pity system as designed is supposed to provide players with a way to guarantee a Legendary Gem drop. The deal, as it was initially understood, was that players who collected 50 Legendary Crests could sacrifice them in exchange for a guaranteed 5-star Legendary Gem. That’s not what’s happening though. As detailed in the game’s fine print, you are not guaranteed a 5-star Legendary Gem. Rather, you are guaranteed a Legendary Gem with a star rating out of five. It’s still a game of chance. You could burn your 50 Legendary Crests and get a 1-star Gem, a scenario so maddening that, even in the theoretical, makes my skin itch.

So where does this leave Quin69? Up shit creek and down $20 grand, in terms of Gems, but phenomenally powerful even without them. Quin69’s current gear allows him to carve through mobs and PvP alike, which has elicited the odd brag or two. His chat is quick to humble him, flooding the chat window with messages reading “Well paid” as a reminder that he didn’t get there on his own.

It remains to be seen how much farther Quin can push this crusade before someone takes the credit card away from him.


  • It’s easy to shake your head at the excess of dropping so much money for views and notoriety but you gotta admit it really strips away the mystery of the whole thing and reveals the blatant greed underneath.

  • *shrug* I really cant decide if this a good thing or a vacuous waste of money.

    On one hand I want to disrespect him for feeding the beast, on the other its great someone is spotlight the purposeful flaws in the system. That said what a waste of damn money, just imagine how much this money would serve the local food shelters etc, in a winter when many cant afford heat.

    • The money was never going to go into food shelters. If it wasn’t this it would be getting burned on some other stunt, or an upgrade from a new Tesla Model 3 to a Model Y.

  • There’s probably some logic in the code that only gifts a Gem if make 40 hours worth of YouTube content about how the game makes you wet.

  • From what I’ve seen, the method of loot delivery in the game is as much a way of getting around having to publish rarity probabilities as anything. If they just paid for loot and it appeared that would be a “loot box”, but because the player has to go through a rift which requires a degree of skill, the drop tables don’t have to be published. So the only way to discover those loot tables is with purchases, which requires an awful lot of money.

    Even compared to other gatcha games Diablo Immortal is a new level of sleazy.

    • It’s easy to be sarcastic, but human beings have a psychological bias towards optimism. Few people think, for example, that they personally are going to die from COVID, or a car crash, it’s always someone else.

      Similarly, you wouldn’t throw any money at all on a lotto ticket if you genuinely understood that, statistically, it would take many lifetimes and vastly more money than any prize you’re ever going to win before you hit the jackpot. Most people are at least riding on the optimism that they have at least half a chance, if not this year then maybe next.

      Loot boxes are explicitly designed to appeal to these and many other psychological biases. At the end of the day, having an actual real life example of a real person wasting a shitton of real money is much more persuasive, psychologically, than any abstract understanding of random numbers with more decimal places than you can count.

      • It’s not often I agree with Angora but in this I feel he somewhat right.
        The dude is a knobhead, like all streamers, but his actions are really putting a spotlight on the shitty rng. No longer is it a ‘tiny chance, but a chance’. Instead, it’s if you spend $20k, you will get nothing!
        Unfortunately, despite this, too many won’t take the lesson to heart and go on anyway. And the whales don’t care.

  • After watching the first 10 seconds of his latest video (I’d never heard of him) I suddenly don’t have the least bit of sympathy for him. Clearly the money means nothing to him anyway because there are other ways to get the same information, or perhaps he’s too stupid to realise that.

    As is typical, it’s all about marketing. These rich YouTubers that waste money and think it makes them look good to show off how rich they are are a waste of air and space. Don’t support them. To think I actually thought (from this article) he was some kind of social justice warrior by highlighting the evil of Activision/Blizzard. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    • There’s quite a lot of YouTubers whose entire bit revolves around spending money on MTX games.
      I came across one fella who basically rolled on Genshin Impact while doing challenges with his community like challenging them to solo boss runs and if he loses he rolls.

  • It’s funny it takes this much for people to realise its a money farming rip off. Just from the soloing limitations and badly designed boss fights this is not on the same level as the previous games.

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