Blizzard’s application of required Internet connectivity for Diablo III is still a sticking point for the Federation of Consumer Organizations, a German advocacy group that’s threatening to sue the developer/publisher. As per group’s demands, Blizzard has until July 27th to change the packaging on Diablo III to include a DRM warning.
If Blizzard doesn’t address the group’s demands, they’ll apparently face a lawsuit, says CVG, who’s relying the news from PC Gamer’s German outlet.
It’s not an idle threat, as the FCO is actually a charter member of the larger Consumers International, a global federation that actively campaigns for consumer rights in various markets, including the food industry and various public services. With the German arm of the federation in particular, the Federation of Consumer Organizations is a 60-year-old “umbrella organisation for 41 German consumer associations” that houses over 300 members.
Still, it seems like the public legal notice is a bit misguided.
Although Blizzard has the final call on whether they can put a DRM warning on their own product, the fact remains that the user is notified of it within the packaging and product.
Perhaps the real ultimatum should be for Blizzard to have an “off switch” for the DRM altogether.