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In-Game Auction House Announced for Diablo 3; Along With Beta Access
What Is The In-Game Auction House
Diablo 3 is one of the most highly anticipated computer games of all time. The game has been in development for over a decade now, and as it approaches we are learning more and more about what has been going on behind the scenes. The latest announcement has sent fans into a frenzy. Blizzard announced that an in-game auction house will be included within the game. Not only will it resemble the World of Warcraft auction house where players can use the game currency to purchase items, but there will also be real world currency involved. According to Blizzard,
- "We’re introducing a powerful auction house system that will provide a safe, fun, and easy-to-use way for players to buy and sell the loot they obtain in the game. Items can be sold and purchased using real-world money or in-game gold."
How Will It Effect The Game
Now that we have the facts out of the way, I will lend the rest of this article to my personal opinion and interpretations of how this colossal announcement will impact the Diablo universe. This service has been being provided through outside sources for years now in Diablo 2. To me this move was brilliant and a necessity by Blizzard. Their hard work creating, and maintaining these games was being undercut by these outside sources taking advantage of players looking for an easy way out to get items. Blizzard took this system and decided to put it into their game itself. This removes the need for those outside websites and allows Blizzard to make a small profit off of each sale. (Similar to the way the "game" takes a portion of your sale in World of Warcraft, Blizzard is going to take a portion of real world currency sales in Diablo 3.) Now this should not be a huge issue, as you are not technically losing money. It simply lowers the top end profit that you would be receiving by a small amount. Any profit I can make off of a game, to me, is greatly appreciated. Once the game pays for itself, which I imagine won't take long in the beginning, everything after that is pure profit. Pure profit for playing a game, wait let me say that again, pure profit for PLAYING A GAME! Never did I think that I would see this day, outside of becoming a pro-gamer, when I would be able to make real, legitimate money, by playing a game.
Some players are worried that the Chinese farming business will destroy this auction house, but I don't agree. I believe that they will be there, without a doubt, but I think to stay competitive with each other, they are going to regulate the market in a way that makes it easier for players to simply undercut them and make a quick sale. Will you be able to make a legitimate living off of this feature? That is something that remains to be seen. I do not doubt for one minute that some players will figure out ways to make a ton of cash off of this element, but I don't believe that the average player will be able to quit their day job.