Activision: Diablo 3 Cash Auction House Coming to StarCraft 2?

Gamers were stunned this week by a bevy of Diablo 3 news, including the revelation that the game would include an auction house powered by real-world cash. That, apparently, was only the beginning.

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.

via CVG

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4 Comments on Activision: Diablo 3 Cash Auction House Coming to StarCraft 2?

Kyle W.

On August 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I like this one a lot more than the “I sell random drops” thing since it actually encourages doing stuff one would actually benefit from, rather than compulsive playing.

kurnia

On August 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

it’s a good features, it’s win-win solution, player get cash, blizzard take fee, because it’s better than selling it outside and get scammed.
Beside what I get frop farming, I believe it’s mine, not publisher’s, I work for it, I got drop, it’s totally mine, it’s up to me what I want to do with it, sell it, or use it. It’s bull for company that said in their TOS that all the item at the server are theirs, if it wanna be like that it’s fine, give all player all full upgraded armor, directly to max lvl, sure it’s yours.. so we don’t have to work for it.

Aids

On August 4, 2011 at 12:08 am

F2p games already got exp boosts and other . It’s one thing when it’s your main source of income. It’s another when it’s a billion dollar company trying to find other ways to get more money out of folks. Wish I could take a in a golden toilet.

eezstreet

On August 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

And Gamefront just now learned about this? I’m kinda shocked, I’ve known about the Starcraft II Marketplace since before it even came out.