Blizzard Revokes Third-Party Diablo Immortal Orb Purchases, Leaving Players In Debt

Diablo Immortal, like many mobile games, can be extremely expensive for high-level players, so you can’t really blame anyone for chasing a discount. Unfortunately, players who purchased Eternal Orbs from third-party websites have had their in-game purchases revoked, leaving them with massive debts that many cannot repay.

Eternal Orbs are Diablo Immortal’s premium currency. You can purchase orbs directly from the in-game store for $0.99 for 60 to $99.99 for 7,200. Orbs can be exchanged for cosmetics (which will cost you between 1,000 and 1,650, depending on the cosmetic) , Reforging Stones to re-roll your gear, or Legendary Crests for a chance at Elder Rifts Legendary Gems. The latter will cost you 160 orbs and is the main way for players to improve their character’s power.

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Buying all those orbs can be extremely expensive, so many have turned to third-party sellers where those 7,200 bundles for a discount — sometimes as little as $10 USD. Unfortunately, it turns out that these third-party websites were likely violating Blizzard’s terms of service, either offering these discounts through stolen credit cards, gift cards, or taking advantage of regional price differences.

When Blizzard banned all such third-party purchases, it deducted these ill-gotten orbs from players’ accounts, leaving them with negative balances. Players with negative balances cannot join parties or participate in party activities such as Elder Rifts or Dungeons. But buying them a legitimate way out of debt can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

As noted PCGamesNReddit son have jumped up warn players about what happened with Eternal Orb purchases by third parties. One of those players, a high-level wizard named Shia, received a debt of -2,491,025 orbs that would have cost over $35,000 to pay off. In an interview with jtisallbusiness (the same guy who found out they couldn’t play PvP after spending $100,000 because the matchmaker couldn’t find an equal level opponent) Shia said they’ll probably just quit rather than repay the debt.

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