Diablo 3 Real Money Auction House can’t just be turned off — it’s “complicated”

Diablo III Auction House

By on September 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The Real-Money Auction House of Diablo 3 has been a controversial addition ever since it was announced, and Blizzard seem to be stepping closer and closer to admitting it was a mistake. Even game director Jay Wilson admitted this year that it had “really hurt the game” and they would “turn it off if we could”.

Now new game director Josh Mosqueira has added fuel to the fire, saying that they had absolutely considered killing off the Real Money Auction House after seeing how it was received.

“We’d be lying if we didn’t say yes,” said Mosqueria to Eurogamer. “We saw the reaction.”

Mosquiera seemed to imply in his follow-up comments that perhaps there was more to it than just what Blizzard wanted to do, perhaps hinting at Activision-Blizzard concerns.

“Again, it’s a complicated matter. It’s not just complicated at the team level, or even the Blizzard level.”

Lead content designer Kevin Martens added that “The Auction House went in for reasons, and the problems it solved… if we just turned it off those problems would come back, and we’d either need good solves or ideally even better solves, and those weren’t readily apparent.”

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Source: Eurogamer

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Do people still play D3? I thought the consensus was that it was a bit of a let down, and a bit boring, and hence has died off?

Perhaps I’m just getting too old.

 

olympusmonds:
Do people still play D3?

There are 11 people who still play Diablo 3.

 

And yet the console edition doesn’t have those things.

Not to mention Blizzard have still yet to live up to their promise of arena PvP or really … any sort of actual PvP in general(brawl doesn’t count I can’t collect ears).

The auction house isn’t that much of a problem I would like more builds that were viable and being able to play without stacking a specific set of stats.

 

Cas Bitton: There are 11 people who still play Diablo 3.

We really need “like” buttons on here…

 

olympusmonds,

pretty much only people trying to make money off the AH : /

 
 

While I do appreciate it’s a lot safer for me to spend my REAL money using the AH. I do admit it just made all the items I ever wanted way to accessible when it came to money:time investment.

If they fix up the horrible loot system they have they could at least turn off the buying of items with real money and just leave it at gold but even then the ability to buy gold has inflated the price of items on the gold auction house so badly it’s not funny.

 

wanell:
If they fix up the horrible loot system they have they could at least turn off the buying of items with real money and just leave it at gold but even then the ability to buy gold has inflated the price of items on the gold auction house so badly it’s not funny.

They’ll get around that loot system soon enough. They’ve announced loot 2.0 and I’d prefer them to take the time to do it right than to stuff it up.

I suppose for players like me who only sold stuff on the RMAH and never bought, it’s kept my gold balance healthy. If I bought gold using all my Bliz Bucks, I’d be in the billions which manages to keep me in the game pretty well.

For my bro, he stopped playing a while back, gave me all his gold, and recently got back in and his $4-ish on the RMAH was worth 100mil allowing him to get decent gear that he couldn’t 9 months ago.

I suppose the point is that one can use the RMAH to fight gold inflation in D3.

 

mugsy:
For my bro, he stopped playing a while back, gave me all his gold, and recently got back in and his $4-ish on the RMAH was worth 100mil allowing him to get decent gear that he couldn’t 9 months ago.

I suppose the point is that one can use the RMAH to fight gold inflation in D3.

Oh really? I was planning on getting back into D3 when the expansion comes out. Looks like I should cash in on some gold before it releases and the value changes.

 

He’s talking about the shareholders bitching IMO, game is already dead so cutting out all the profits will just get someone fired.

 

ooshp: Oh really? I was planning on getting back into D3 when the expansion comes out. Looks like I should cash in on some gold before it releases and the value changes.

It obviously depends on which direction supply and demand will go for gold and if Blizzard will change the conditions which gold is purchased. I’ll give you some history.

- A few patches back, gold was sold/bought in units of 1 mil. Minimum pricing on this was 25c per unit.
- In order to allow the AH to be competitive with third party channels, Bliz increased the minimum unit size to 10 mil gold rather than dropping the minimum price per unit. Apart from a bug which caused a select few to be able to dupe money, upon fixing the bug, this allowed people to effectively purchase gold at a rate of 2.5c/mil if sellers chose to set it that low. Price of top tier lvl 60+ items went up, as did good lower level gear due to scarcity but average lvl60 gear was more affordable probably due to over saturation of the market.
- Sometime after that, Bliz increased the min gold to the current 50 mil per unit with a minimum unit price of $1 effectively allow gold to be as cheap as 2c/mil if sellers chose to sell at this price.
- ATM, gold is sold at $1.94/unit or 3.88c/mil. It was $2.12/unit when my bro bought so I’d say that supply has gone up or demand has dropped slightly since then.

As for what will happen when the expansion comes out? Supply of high level items will be scarce at first and demand will depend on the rate at which people reach level 70 and if loot 2.0 provides people with a viable upgrade path to avoid the AH.

As always, we’ll see ridiculous prices in the first week at least (possibly month) but things will settle down. But who know what the demand for gold will be?

Key factors from where I stand are:

- how quickly people can supply the market with new higher level items
- how well loot 2.0 works to negate the reliance on the AH
- how big the additional demand is for using the AH after the effects of loot 2.0
- how many players are short on gold

I wouldn’t dream of guessing the magnitude of any of these factors come the expansion… just gonna wait and see.

But yeah, if you’re worried about prices increasing, get some gold now.

 
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