Reminder: Diablo 3 Auction Houses Going Offline in March

February 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard put up a reminder on Battle.net today that it will be shutting down the Diablo 3 Auction Houses on Tuesday, March 18. The company announced its plans to shut down both the real money and gold auction houses back in September of last year.

Blizzard said that it would release "additional technical details regarding the shutdown including how this will affect active auctions, items in the Completed Tab, your existing Battle.net Balance, and more next week."

In its FAQ dedicated to answering questions about the shutdown of these Diablo 3 services, Blizzard offered the following on why it decided to shut down the auction houses:

"The gold and real-money auction houses have provided a convenient and secure system for trading, but it's also become increasingly clear that despite the benefits they provide, they ultimately undermine Diablo’s core gameplay. A big part of Diablo is the thrill of battling demons and finding epic loot. While buying epic loot in the auction houses might be more convenient, it doesn't feel anywhere near as heroic as plowing through a pack of fearsome-looking monsters and having them drop that one awesome item that seems like it was made for your character."

Players who exploited a bug in the game and flooded the market with trillions of ill-gotten gold last year probably had a lot to do with Blizzard's decision as well.

Source: Blue's News


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Re: Reminder: Diablo 3 Auction Houses Going Offline in March

Can you play offline on the PC? You can on the consoles thats nice I guess....but I want to play it on PC....


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Re: Reminder: Diablo 3 Auction Houses Going Offline in March

Awwwww, did yo wittal money machine get bwoken? Poor blizzard.
No one is buying your BS about the loot tables and “fun”, we told you it was broken from the start, but you wait till it’s hacked and have an expansion coming out? Please enjoy a nice “Fuck you” sandwich and may your earnings be poor on all of your future games.

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Re: Reminder: Diablo 3 Auction Houses Going Offline in March

"but you wait till it’s hacked and have an expansion coming out?"

Sorry, what was hacked? And what does the expansion have to do with anything? They can change what they want for whatever reason they want.

Re: Reminder: Diablo 3 Auction Houses Going Offline in March

Sorry, what was hacked? (I should have said gold dupe, though it was not all that recent. :)
 

And what does the expansion have to do with anything? (Nothing like trying to fix up a hated part of your game right before an expansion comes out to try to bring back alienated customers.)
 

They can change what they want for whatever reason they want. (Indeed they can, and they certainly do, but that does not mean we have to swallow their BS reasons for the changes.)

 

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"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." -H.L.Mencken

 
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