Diablo III’s Real-Money Auction House Goes Live

Diablo III’s Real-Money Auction House Goes Live


Remember all that controversy over the Diablo III real-money auction house ? Well, it’s now live in American territories, so players can buy and sell weapons and items for real-life cash.

Perhaps one of the most controversial design moves by Blizzard, this ties Diablo III to the real-world economy, and things are already being sold for hundreds of dollars.

It’s no surprise, then, that this coincides with Blizzard’s recent blog post reminding users that cheaters will be banned from battle.net . With a simple save-state editor or trainer program, users have been able to create incredibly powerful and rare weapons without having to put in the work to find them.

There’s a problem about this, though. If the worst Blizzard can do is ban you from Battle.net, wouldn’t everyone still try to do it? Auctioning off one plausible rare weapon created with a hack can net you hundreds or even thousands of collars, as long as you don’t make it appear so powerful as to be an obvious fraud. One big sale would totally make it worth creating a new Battle.Net account from a new IP, unless you have something like an extremely high level World of Warcraft account at risk.

Let’s hope that the real-money auction house doesn’t get overrun by cheaters any time soon.

By Angelo M. D’Argenio

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