Diablo 3 real-money auction house will require authenticator

The controversial launch of Blizzard's Diablo 3 Real-Money Auction House is coming up soon, and Blizzard is ramping up security in anticipation. 

The service has already been hit with a number of high-profile hacks and account thefts since the launch a month ago, and Blizzard is taking as few chances as possible when people's actual bank accounts are exposed. To that end, they're now announcing that an authenticator will be required for adding money to accounts and sending proceeds into an account.

"While we understand that this creates an extra step for players during the login process, we believe this added layer of account protection will help foster a safer auction house environment for all of our players," reads a statementposted by Blizzard on their forums.

The authenticator is available in a physical form for $6.50, and just so you know they're not just trying to nickel-and-dime you, you can get it for free on your smartphone.


  • ParagonT - June 11, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    As long as it is free, even though I understand why, it still sucks for those without a smartphone although.
  • ncurry2 - June 11, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    What sucks is the RMAH. Ideally, they would require the purchase of some $100 thingamjig so that no one would use it and the in-game economy would stay stable (and coincidentally purely in-game.) Or just not implement it at all. That'd work too.
  • jmcgrotty - June 12, 2012 2:25 a.m.

    The auction house is a farce from the start. Anyway, anyone who uses it, rather than actually playing the game to get items themselves, deserves whatever happens to them. And yes, I've heard the theories on why someone might want to use the auction house, and they're bullshit.
  • ParagonT - June 12, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Could you elaborate one that?
  • angelusdlion - June 12, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    TL:DR I'm a Uberl33t gamer and I don't like it when people do what I consider cheating.
  • ParagonT - June 12, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    Ah, well that's stupid, thanks for the reply. That statement he made seems pretty opinionated.
  • gazzc - June 12, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Well I would be looking to sell any rare stuff I find and do not need, and if the prices are right I would probably buy 1 or 2 items. But I do not see it as having any long term use, a feature like this would have worked better in a game like warcraft where there is more persistent play with regular updates of new items and more variety in what can be bought and sold. In fact I am half starting to think the real money AH in D3 is just going to be the testing ground for introducing it into world of warcraft at some point.
  • ElwoodFiore - June 12, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    You can use a House Phone aswell. Works the same way buddy. Just dont be some noob and call in an authenticator from work Lol.

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