Europe Real Money Auction House Released. June 15/12.
Auctions in the US servers are set to begin with a minimum bid of $1.25 and a maximum bid of $250. Blizzard takes a $1 fee every time the players make a successful sale, as well as 15% off of the amount that the players cash out of the auction house.
These rules are also being expected to be implemented for the real money auction house in the European servers.
The launch of the real money auction house should cause interesting changes to the players’ gaming habits because it will become a factor to their decisions when it comes to managing their items and equipment.
Players who find exceptional items may choose to sell it on the real money auction house, where they can make a real life cash profit, instead of just selling them on the gold based auction house for in-game currency; finding these items will also become a bigger cause of excitement and celebration for the players.
However, players could also end up just spending a little money to obtain gear that they would otherwise never find in-game, causing hunting for these items to become just another tedious chore.
Blizzard has not had a smooth launch of the real money auction house, having been delayed several times due to various controversies, including connectivity issues, legal problems in Korea, and even a downtime in the Asia servers in order to investigate reported cases of item duping.
The auction house deals with the players’ actual real life money, these problems need to be addressed to preserve the integrity of the game and to keep the players safe from being preyed upon by opportunistic hackers.
News also hit:
Get your Euros, Pounds and Rubles ready, folks. Diablo 3′s real money auction house will finally go live this Friday according to an in-game notification spotted by Eurogamer. The US real money auction house launched last night with minimum bids set at $1.25 and a maximum set at $250. Blizzard take $1 for every sale and a 15% cut when you cash out auction house earnings, expect similar rules for the European auction house. Full here