Diablo 3 auction house and global play detailed

With the release of Diablo 3 fast approaching (May 15!) Blizzard fed its fans some new details about two key features: the real money auction house and global multiplayer.

Though many Diablo 3 fans have voiced extreme distaste for the real money auction house since it was announced, Blizzard is marching forward with their plans. They've set up a website to run players through the process, but here are the important bits:

For starters, players are only allowed to have ten auctions running at any given time. With any luck, this should cut down on item-farmers without impacting the average player too much. Auctions last 48 hours, and Blizzard takes a cut at the end of any successful sale.

Items are grouped into two categories which are treated a little different. Equipment sales are subject to a flat $1 fee on the Real-Money Auction House, and 15% of the sale on the Gold Auction House. Commodities (gems, materials, dyes, recipes etc) are subject to a flat 15% fee on both the Gold and Real-Money auction houses.

Further, if you want the sale of the auction to go to your Paypal account, it'll cost you a 15% transfer fee. No fees will be collected if you store the funds in your account for purchasing other Blizzard games, subscriptions, or items on the Diablo III Auction House.

A 30% fee might seem like a hefty price, but well, it's 70% more than you've ever been able to sell game items for before Diablo 3. Right now, this seems like the best of both worlds. Blizzard gets a hefty cut for creating an awesome game, and top-level users gain an incentive to feed awesome gear down to their underlings.

You will also only be able to buy items off of your "home" region's auction house. Regions are currently, "Americas", "Europe", and "Asia" though Asia wont have a Real Money Auction House at launch.

That said, Global Play will allow you to play with friends in other regions. However, you wont be able to play any of your characters from other servers or buy things on their auction house. You can only create characters and play the game.


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  • ChiChiRocket - May 2, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    My biggest concern is that Blizzard seems to be endorsing the businesses with sweat shop conditions, forcing people to farm rare items. Maybe the fact that Asia won't have the real money auction house means their aware of the problem?
  • ThundaGawd - May 1, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    The people who are against this are probably the gold farmers/spammers themselves, seeing as this pretty much cuts into their businesses hard. Personally, I love the idea of a real money auction house, even though I probably won't go as far as to pay real money for an item, I sure wouldn't mind making a few quick bucks for selling a rare item that someone wants desperately. Also, May 15th can't come fast enough!! D:
  • InsomniacGamer - May 1, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    They finaly found a way to take a cut from all those gold farmers.
  • oldschoolgamer - May 1, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    I like the idea of the real money auction house. I highly dought i would ever spend a single dime to buy something, But it sure would be nice to make a few bucks from some nice loot on occasion. Who knows, maybe playing this game one night a week can earn you some pocket cash and have some fun while you do it. Not sure how that is a bad thing as long as the game play is fun. Diablo was never about just killing bosses, the great loot came from all over the game so basically you just played. As long as the game is more of the same i'll probably pick this one up. I really enjoyed the first two, far more than wow. Atleast diablo doesnt try to be something it isn't.. It is the ulitmate endless grind for loot, and sometimes that is pretty fun.
  • ncurry2 - May 1, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    This game will be fairly kickass but the real money thing is irksome for sure.
  • Imgema - May 1, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    I still can't believe that they thought this would be a good idea. As if they didn't earn enough money they had to sink to this level.
  • Andrew Groen - May 1, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Why does it upset you? Blizz makes more money if the game is great (more incentive for them to work hard to keep people playing) and you make money for playing, or can buy things you don't want to grind for. If other players want to "pay-to-win" then so-be-it. It's not a competitive game so it doesn't affect other players.
  • ZhugeLiang - May 1, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    This game will be mediocre?
  • Dangreen17 - May 1, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    This game will be awesome!

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