So uh… Here’s a thing I’m wondering that might make this issue a little clearer for me to understand.
Iirc, my Duelyst account didn’t require providing personal information beyond my email address. As far as the Duelyst system knows, I am just Paralykeet, and for all they know, I’m 120 years old- and I lied about my age on registration out of sensibility for being so old.
While I am the age which I claim to be, and am not entirely shy per se; the possible things I currently understand to be a problem are…
I. BAMCO doesn’t allow for Russian email addresses to be used. Putting Alplod in a position, where he would need to commit a crime if yahoo and google addresses don’t have servers based in Russia to play the game (I find this doubtful, but am too lazy to google-fu this.) If this is the case, as a Tekken/Soul Calibur/ Dark Souls fanboy, I’m very disappointed
II. The issue comes from the Payment Wall feature storing Russian Credit Card Numbers. In which case… Make a modified game client that doesn’t store Credit Card or Paypal Account data for convenience? Or, is BAMCO saving our information on servers in another country? If so, would it be unreasonable to have a Russian server maintained for the sake of storing Russian information? Doesn’t BAMCO have any resources in that region for other products (like Tekken)?
I think the Russian laws are sortof backwards on the matter, and are likely to change in the next few years (as countries experimenting with excessive internet controls are likely to see declines in profits from tax paying businesses-) but in the mean time, there have to be reasonable work arounds to make the game playable without a VPN (which are now illegal in Russia iirc,) that can score Counterplay a PR win here.
So… What’s the nitty gritty to it? What is the problem to solve? How can Duelyst players contribute to the cause?