As a Hong Kong Diablo’s fan, I am excited about the launch of Diablo 3 on May 15.
According to the announcement of Blizzard, there will be no SEA server for Diablo 3 and all SEA server regions can enjoy the FULL CONTENT of Diablo 3 with RMAH through American Server. When the FAQ of RMAH is updated, I am really disappointed about the decision that force Hong Kong and Macau players to use the Asia region RMAH because of the region of Hong Kong and Macau categorized by Blizzard. I suggest Blizzard to re-categorize the region of Hong Kong and Macau just like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
When Starcraft 2 launched in Hong Kong, there are two official versions (Taiwan server and SEA server) on the market. Most of the Hong Kong players adopted the SEA server because the English is one of the official languages in Hong Kong, but not the Mandarin (Chinese). After the long game play period in SEA server, we make friends in the SEA region countries and we are willing to continue the adventure with SEA server’s friend in the coming Diablo 3. However the decision made by you cause Hong Kong players to face the difficult situation. If you want to enjoy the RMAH, you cannot play with friends in original SEA server. At this moment, I really understand how the Australia players feel when they cannot play with the US friend in Starcraft 2 at the beginning. Blizzard has done a good job to allow the Starcraft 2 SEA server players to play in America server. I hope Blizzard to make the similar decision again in Diablo 3.
In addition, the region division in Diablo 3 is not cultural friendly to Hong Kong. In Asia region, there are mainly four regions player. Korea and Taiwan players share the largest proportion and they speak Korean and Mandarin (Chinese). These languages are not the common language used in Hong Kong. Although some Hong Kong player can communicate with Taiwan player on text (Traditional Chinese), some Hong Kong players cannot understand Chinese. That’s why Blizzard you sell both Chinese and English product in Hong Kong. Hong Kong English speaker has no choice but only play in America server without the RMAH.
Thanks for spending the valuable time to read my letter. I hope I can hear the good news from you as soon as possible.