The Diablo’s in the Details

This guy wants a 15% cut of your take…or else.

I suppose most of my 5 or 6 readers already know that Diablo 3 comes out May 15th (yay!).  Something I just found out today (though it’s probably old news by now) is that it will feature an online Auction House system.  Okay, no surprise there.  But wait!  You’ll be able to do auctions for in-game gold and for real money (you can get the details straight from the source here).

Holy crap, for real?  The first thought that comes to mind is Blizzard is trying to destroy Western Civilization.  Now, we both know that 99% of the people playing the AH will never net a dime off it, and of the 1% that do make a profit, 99% of them will be lucky to cover the $60 cost of the game.  But that won’t stop all of geekdom from quitting their day jobs and trying to make a living of playing Diablo 3 for the rest of their lives (that was the second thought that came to me).  Society will be destroyed, and el Diablo will reign supreme <insertevilmuahahahahahere>.

Of course, as with all things that are too good to be true, the Devil’s in the details.  First off, Blizzard will charge $1.00 per item sold in RMT auctions (or a flat 15% fee for commodities sold).  And, if you want the proceeds to go somewhere you can use in the real world, like PayPal, they’ll take an additional 15% of the amount transferred (take that ChiCom gold farmers).  Otherwise, the money just stays in your Battle.net account and can only be spent on other RMT auctions or on digital Blizzard products.

However, we can sleep a bit more easily knowing that Blizzard has implemented a few features to protect us from ourselves:

  • A maximum of 10 active auctions at a time
  • A maximum amount of money that can be held in the Battle.net account at a time
  • Requirement for account key authenticator if your account goes over a certain amount
  • Requirement for mobile alerts to transfer funds to PayPal

It should also be noted that the RMT auction house is completely optional, and if you don’t want to touch that stinky monkey with a 10′ pole, you can stick with the gold-based AH, or ignore the AH altogether.

All-in-all I have to say that this is probably a good thing.  If Blizzard hadn’t implemented an RMT auction house, you know that some shady third-party dudes from Russia would be doing it.  This way it’s secure and Blizzard gets a piece of the action, as it should.  I just think the fees seem exorbitant.  Or maybe that’s just the part of me that dreams of making a living off of playing a video game for the rest of my life. 😉

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2 Responses to “The Diablo’s in the Details”

  1. Charlie Moritz Says:

    I agree the fees are too much. Its like £1 per item! I think you should at least be able to sell semi-rare loot for like 50p or something, cos a minimum price of £1 is gonna make it very difficult to actually use this. Who is gonna pay £5 of real money for something you can just find?

    • edowar Says:

      I think you’re right. I have a feeling the semi-rare stuff will never make it onto the AH, or if it does, it’ll never sell. The only stuff that’ll be sold on the AH, in the long run, are unique/super rare items and commodities used to craft unique/super rare items. And the only people who’ll make a lot of money off it is Blizzard. 🙂

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