The Real Money Auction House has gone live today in Diablo 3 (for North America only – Europe still has to wait until Friday to get it) and it is already proving to be one of the most controversial launches surrounding Diablo 3.
Many of the people who criticize Blizzard’s decision of implementing an Auction House where you can buy items for real cash claim that this is unfair for the “regular” players (those who decide not to spend extra real money on the game) and kind of turns Diablo 3 into a “pay to win” game, which makes absolutely no sense and is indeed revolting.
It is, of course, just a way for Blizzard to make money: minimum bids in the Real Money Auction House are set at $1.25 and maximum is at $250. Blizzard take $1 for every sale and a 15% cut when you cash out auction house earnings – at least these are the rules in North America, but I doubt things will be much different in Europe.
This will probably make the regular, gold auction house in Diablo 3 obsolete because most of the players will have all the interest in the world to actually make some money from playing the game. How successful will this actually prove to be – it only remains to be seen, but surely there will be some people who will do their best to actually start making money with Diablo 3 and pay the bills. And if that is possible, then certainly the entire future is digital.
But what do you think about the Diablo 3 Real Money Auction House? Are you upset with this “pay to win” concept or you consider it a nice addition?