Lets say your wish comes true and a server etc is created by a local ISP. Who owns those servers? Who is responsible for them staying up, maintainence etc. It's all very good and well to put them in and set them up, but WHEN there's a problem....who deals with it, the ISP or Blizzard?
Would you want to wait for a Bliz rep to fly out if there's an issue? Would you want the server you play on entirely in the hands of a third party? The whole issue isn't quite as simple as some of you seem to think.
I do know this, however the point of this is not that its hard, its that it should have been done in the first place because A) There is infastructure here that allows it, and B) There are companies here that are willing to work WITH Blizzard (Not alone, but with Blizzard) to make this happen.
When they decided that this would be an online product, they should have been prepared. Simple.
Firstly, you will not likey get a response from anyone but blues, greens or other users in this forum so i definitely wouldnt be holding my breath for an answer here as you would not live very long.
Also, i believe someone recently posted some information about the requirements to setup the Blizz infrastructure in a new country. It is not just a "server" that is required as you have stated and not even a server rack full of systems but it basically takes up a small room to host everything required so even with offers from Aus ISP's, the cost is still quite significant.
You do realize were talking about Activision - Blizzard right? It doesn't matter how much the cost is, they can happily afford it.....it's just a matter of business ethics.
Yes, they can afford, but can they make money from it?
It doesn't matter if they can make money from it. In terms of product delivery, a local server IS part of the product as the game relies on low ping in order to be playable, therefore via way of being the fastest selling game in history, yes... I'd see it as being pretty damn profitable if you ask me.
why is it that Blizzard has not acted sooner on fixing this issue for its valued customers?
I think you got the "valued customer" part totally wrong here.
Nah, we are valued, its just that they think that we are all stupid and will come back time and time again, which is demonstrated by the lack of communication in this forum from the blues, and the lack of action from those higher up at Blizzard.