Blizzard Officially Closes Diablo 3 Auction House

Blizzard has pulled the plug on the Diablo 3 gold and real-money Auction Houses. The lights went out at approximately 3 a.m. Pacific, bringing an end to one of the most controversial chapters in Diablo’s history.

“The gold and real-money auction houses have provided a convenient and secure system for trading, but it’s also become increasingly clear that despite the benefits they provide, they ultimately undermine Diablo‚Äôs core gameplay,” Blizzard states in a lengthy Auction House FAQ. “A big part of Diablo is the thrill of battling demons and finding epic loot. While buying epic loot in the auction houses might be more convenient, it doesn’t feel anywhere near as heroic as plowing through a pack of fearsome-looking monsters and having them drop that one awesome item that seems like it was made for your character.”

All auctions active at the closing bell will either be delivered to the highest bidder or returned to the seller, Blizzard explained, so check your Completed tab if you were trying to hawk some epic boots of speed. That tab will remain open until June 24.

The Auction House closing is the last step in Blizzard’s concerted effort to remake Diablo 3 with the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion, which is set for launch on March 25.

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3 Comments on Blizzard Officially Closes Diablo 3 Auction House

gasmaskangel

On March 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Good riddance.

Jay

On March 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Goodbye & so long. The convenience of it was nice and it had a legitimate reason for existing, even if it did benefit ActiBlizzard financially. However, you don’t tune your itemization & drop rates around an auction house. That was the mistake and it has -until now with the 2.0 patch- plagued the game since launch.

Here’s to the future of Diablo 3, not the greatest game by any means, but one that has evolved into something far better than it was at launch.

Cheers to those who made this happen.

Girthy Member

On March 19, 2014 at 5:41 am

Diablo 3, the game everyone wanted for years that single-handedly destroyed a promising series. And this is one of the reasons why – too much emphasis on loot and mindless gameplay, no substance to the story and no investment in anything that was happening. Had it been the first game in a new series it would have been fine, but as a Diablo game it was insulting.