Blizzard Takes a Big Cut of Diablo 3 Auction House Proceeds

If you thought you’d make an easy career of farming and selling goods on the Diablo III auction house starting later this month, you might be sad to hear that you’ll need to pay a portion of all your revenue to Blizzard for the privilege.

The developer will be taking a 15-percent slice of auction house proceeds on certain items, according to this FAQ for the upcoming game. That includes real-money transactions AND gold-only transactions.

Here’s the breakdown of the tax you’ll be paying Blizzard to use the auction house:

For “gems, materials, dyes, pages, recipes, and other non-unique items,” you’ll pay a flat rate of 15 percent to Blizzard in either auction house from the final sale price. For “weapons, armor, accessories, and other unique items,” the gold-only auction house cut will be 15 percent; the real-money auction house rate will be $1 USD per item.

In order to cash out your money from the Diablo III auction house, you’ll need to tie your account to a third-party transaction service like PayPal. Transferring your money out of the auction house will incur another 15 percent transfer fee. You’ll also have to pay PayPal’s fees.

Game Front’s resident Canadian, C.J. Miozzi, also tells me that if you transfer your money to PayPal and you’re outside the U.S., you’ll have to pay conversion fee. For Canadians, that’s a base rate of 2.5 percent, at least.

There’s a way around the PayPal fee: deposit your money into your Battle.net account. Then you can spend it on — you guessed it — Blizzard products. Once your money is in your Battle.net account, it’s stuck there, too.

Also worth noting: Your Diablo III auction house account tops out at $250, so once you’ve that mark, you can’t put up any more items for sale until you clear out the cash.

Conclusion: Don’t quit your day job when Diablo III comes out.

Via Kotaku.


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4 Comments on Blizzard Takes a Big Cut of Diablo 3 Auction House Proceeds

Michael34

On May 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

No one is going to make money on this game except blizzard. The real money AH that has been implemented is controlled by blizzard not you. They are the only ones that are going to profit from this game and here is my reason.

They control the loot drops- People don’t know who the people selling in the AH is. It can be anyone especially a Blizzard employee. This means as soon as the game is up they will have employees place on each server observing the AH. When the time is right they will generate rare items and be the first to make money every time. Then when they see that the majority of people have the gear they will increase the loot drops and all of a sudden these pieces will drop all the time.

They have been doing this since WOW by selling gold, characters etc. They are the ones in control that’s why they don’t ban these people and also let spammers link you to there site to buy stuff. This is all them. So I’m not getting this game but for those who are keep an eye on both AH because I guarantee you will see how fast rare items are put in the real money AH compared to the no real money AH.

Don’t be fooled.

Axetwin

On May 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

So much for the “one time small percentage fee per item”.

chaoscorpse

On May 2, 2012 at 4:23 am

well, what did you expect?
The company is extremely greedy, thats a fact.
But they can do whatever they want, because there are so many fanboys who trust them blindly.

Sreiber

On May 2, 2012 at 5:51 am

So how much in the end you actually get? :D