Today, the controversial “Auction House” which was an important, and a questionable part of Diablo 3 will go offline.
Right now, the auction house is accessible through the main Diablo 3 menu, but bidding, buyouts, or the listing of new auctions in the gold and real-world money auction has been disabled.
The only purpose that the Auction House is serving right now is the clearing out of the previous auction listings that still exist in the marketplace.
A note at the bottom of the Auction House window reads: “The Auction House is shutting down. You must claim your items from the Completed tab by 6/24. Existing auctions will complete based on the time remaining.”
The question that remains is, what happens now? All active auctions will expire in accordance with normal functionality, following the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses today.
Items will be either be delivered to the person with the highest bid right now or will be returned to the seller, appearing in each player’s completed tab.
Gold, that is unclaimed will also appear in the completed tab. The completed tab will be accessible for players until the 24th of June, until which point they will still be able to claim the materials, namely, gold and items left in them.
About the items and gold remaining after the 24th, the Blizzard had this to say: “Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again.”
Successful transactions in the game, which involve Battle.net balance, or Paypal accounts will function as normal.
The decision to finish off the Auction House was made last year by Blizzard. They gave a core reasoning for this major move as the Auction House was deviating from the core gameplay of Diablo 3.
Despite its benefits, it undermined other core factors, like grinding enemies and dungeons for the collection of loot.
Instead of killing monsters to get cool loot, players would instead simply buy items, making the game into a “pay-to-win” fiasco, as was explained by Diablo 3’s upcoming Reaper of Souls’ production director, John Hight.
Even though, the move might be seen as a good action, it has come a long time after Diablo 3’s launch, which is an old title by now and might be seen as just a sales gimmick, to prepare players for the purchase of the new expansion.
The upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls is supposed to launch next week, so prepare to be engrossed in a ton of new content.
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