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’s 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.