Blizzard Details Fees Related to Diablo III Auction House

Blizzard Entertainment released details on the "real world money" and in-game gold auction houses today for Diablo III. The in-game gold auction will open on May 15 when Diablo III officially launches, followed a week later by the in-game auction house that lets players buy and sell virtual items, consumables and game gold for cold, hard cash. Today via its official FAQ for the auction houses, Blizzard detailed what it will charge players for various types of transactions.

Like the game, real-world auction houses will be divided amongst three regions, and will use the currency of that region. For example, in the U.S. the currency will be the dollar; in Europe you'll be able to use the British Pound Sterling (GBP), Euro (EUR), and Russian Ruble (RUB); and in Asia they are apparently still figuring things out.

The fee break-down was also revealed:

For Equipment (weapons, armor, accessories, and other unique items)
•Transaction Fee (Gold Auction House): 15% of final sale price
•Transaction Fee (Real-Money Auction House): $1.00 USD per item / $1.00 AUD per item
•Transfer Fee (when sending proceeds to PayPal or other authorized payment-service provider): 15% of amount being transferred

For Commodities (gems, materials, dyes, pages, recipes, and other non-unique items)
•Transaction Fee (Gold Auction House): 15% of final sale price
•Transaction Fee (Real-Money Auction House): 15% of final sale price
•Transfer Fee (when sending proceeds to PayPal or other authorized payment-service provider): 15% of amount being transferred

Details on how the auction systems will work are detailed at length in this Battle.net article.

And in case you've forgotten, Diablo III uses an "always-connected" system – meaning that you have to be logged in to your Battle.net account to play multiplayer or single-player.

Diablo III releases on May 15 in North America.

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