Activision: Diablo 3 Cash Auction House Coming to StarCraft 2?
According to Activision officials, who spoke to shareholders today during an investors-only conference call, the back-end technology (consisting, we’re guessing, of very careful encryption and security) from Diablo 3′s system might make an appearance in StarCraft 2. Since Blizzard’s smash-hit RTS has no items, players would use the StarCraft system to sell player-created maps to each other, with Blizzard taking a small cut from each transaction.
Even though in-game cash-spending opportunities raise the ugly specter of microtransactions and other icky monetization methods, its hard to see what the downside of this utility would be. I’m sure if there is one, you guys won’t hesistate to remind us in the comments.