Diablo III: Real-Money Auction House Adds Gold Sales

Commodity auctions were only recently added to the Diablo III Real-Money Auction House (RMAH), and now, moments ago, so were gold transactions. At the time of this post 1,000,000 gold costs $2.50 through the RMAH, while third-party sites offer it for as low as $1.70. That breaks down to just 25 cents per 100,000 gold, or 17 cents if you’re purchasing it outside of Blizzard’s service. Please note, though, that purchasing gold from an outside service is a violation of the Diablo III terms and services and could result in your account being banned.

Other purchasable commodities include:

  • Gems
  • Dyes
  • Crafting Materials
  • Blacksmithing Plans
  • Jeweler Designs
  • Pages of Training

With high level items going for several hundred thousand gold in the in-game currency auction house, it’s too early to tell what affect this will have on Diablo III‘s economy. Will you be purchasing gold at these prices, or would you rather earn it yourself?

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Diablo III’s Real-money Auction House goes live

Despite all the launch woes with servers going down and gamers not being able to play, Diablo III has been setting major industry records.

One of the long-awaired Diablo III features delayed in the wake of fears over hacking was an auction house where players buy and sell in-game items for real cash. Now that those hacking fears are behind Blizzard (for the most part), that Real-money Auction House has officially launched in the Americas.

The auction house currently offers payment options in US dollars, Australia dollars, and the Mexican peso.

Payments are accepted for virtual items via approved third-party payment systems or a Battle.net Balance account. Blizzard Entertainment says that the real money auction house for Europe and the remaining Americas region will launch at some point in the “near future.”

Blizzard certainly doesn’t want another instance of servers crashing due to overwhelming traffic, so it’s rolling out the new auction house in a staggered setting to ensure reliability. Gamers can access the real money auction house by clicking the “Auction House” button on the left-hand side of the campaign screen and then clicking on the button that shows your region’s currency in the upper right-hand corner.

As expected, players are also required to follow a few security requirements when logging in to the real money Auction House, including attaching a Battle.net Balance to a physical authenticator or mobile authenticator account.

Gamers who use PayPal will rely on the Battle.net SMS Protect Service, and mayalso occasionally receive a text message via their mobile phone when making PayPal related transactions containing a code that must be entered to proceed with the transaction.

Diablo 3: Authenticator Now Required for RMAH Use

Blizzard updated their ToS for the Real Money Auction House, and they’re taking the security seriously, now that real money is involved.

In preparation for the upcoming launch of the real-money auction house, we will be making some key changes related to the account-security measures required to use Battle.net Balance. Later today, the following updates will be made to the Terms of Use available on our website, and when the real-money auction house goes live, all players will be asked to re-read and accept these changes the next time they play Diablo III.

Battle.net Balance and Authenticator Update
With the introduction of the real-money auction house, account security will become more important than ever. To help ensure that players have a positive experience when using the real-money auction house, we’ve made some adjustments to how players can use and access their Battle.net Balance.

Starting today, in order to add to your Battle.net Balance, players will be required to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator attached to their Battle.net account. For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance.

Please note that players who previously added Battle.net Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on Battle.net and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator. However, an Authenticator will be required to add to your balance in the future, as explained above.

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.

Blizzard Comment More on Hacks, RMAH Delayed Again and Hotfixes

Sadly the hacking problem has been a hot topic this week and we were expecting some sort of comment from Blizzard last night pending further investigations on their end. We now have some further comments on this from Blizzard this afternoon which indicate that there is nothing wrong with the Battle.Net system following their testing ans that accounts can not be compromised with an Authenticator in place.

Over the past couple of days, players have expressed concerns over the possibility of Battle.net account compromises. First and foremost, we want to make it clear that the Battle.net and Diablo III servers have not been compromised. In addition, the number of Diablo III players who’ve contacted customer service to report a potential compromise of their personal account has been extremely small. In all of the individual Diablo III-related compromise cases we’ve investigated, none have occurred after a physical Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app was attached to the player’s account, and we have yet to find any situation where a Diablo IIIplayer’s account was accessed outside of “traditional” compromise methods (i.e. someone logging using an account’s login email and password).

To that end, we’ve also seen discussions regarding the possibility of account compromises occurring in ways that didn’t involve these “traditional” methods — for example, by “session spoofing” a player’s identity after he or she joins a public game. Regarding this specific example, we’ve looked into the issue and found no evidence to indicate compromises are occurring in this fashion, and we’ve determined the methods being suggested to do so are technically impossible. However, you have our assurance that we’ll continue to investigate reports such as these and keep you informed of important updates.

The RMAH was supposed to launch on the 29 May but it looks like it has been delayed again and no new launch date has been put in place as yet. It is likely that due to the spate of hacks Blizzard will be wanting to hold off launching this until the hacking mess is cleared up.

In light of the post-launch obstacles we’ve encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame. As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live. While we don’t have a new launch date to share just yet, we’ll have more information soon.

Finally, we have a note on hotifixes and it looks lile we could see more regular  maintenance windows

Since the game’s launch, we’ve applied a number of hotfixes to address gameplay issues, made tweaks to improve our service stability, and performed occasional server maintenance when necessary to ensure that in the long term, players have the best gameplay experience possible. Moving forward, additional server maintenances will be required — and sometime next week, we plan to release a game update in the form of a patch that will further address client issues and apply additional bug fixes.

We also wanted to let you know that we’re still looking into the best way to address the achievements that some players lost in the hours following the game’s release. While we don’t have any concrete details to share with you just yet, we will have more information to share in the weeks ahead. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to improve stability and usability for all players.

Diablo 3: Real-Money Auction House Reminder and Update

In perfect time for when people get their salary, Blizzard will (hopefully) roll out the Real Money Auction House on May 29th. At this point I do not miss it at all I’m happy with just the Gold Auction House, even with some items being overpriced. But the opportunity to buy items and gold with money will be a nice addition to the game’s economy. It will be even more interesting to see the prices on the Real Money Aution House and compare them to the Gold Auction House. Let´s get ready to sell our virtual items so we can recoup our cost of the game.

As we mentioned earlier this week, we’ve decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22. Our new estimated date for the launch of this new system is Tuesday, May 29.
To learn more about the auction house system, have a look at the comprehensive Auction House Guide or check out the updated Auction House FAQ.