Blizzard Releases Details on the Diablo III Auction House

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:36

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Hopefully you had a chance to check out the Diablo III beta the other weekend. If not, you only have to wait until May 15 for the game to be released. In the mean time, a nice way to prepare is to read up on the game. Blizzard has recently released a quite-detailed FAQ and How To for their new Auction House that deals both in in-game gold and in real money. They've outlined all the rules regarding how payments, regions, languages, and pretty much everything else will work.

The first question on many people's minds is the regions. How is cross-country trading going to work with differences in currency? Short answer: it's not. While you'll be able to access the gold auction house from anywhere in the world, the currency auction houses will operate by country. Which country you're assigned to depends on the country registered to your Battle.net account. 

For the money transfers it looks like Blizzard is working closely with Paypal. You have a choice to store up to $250 in your Battle.net balance, but after that you won't be able to sell anything else until you lower your balance. The balance can be lowered either by transferring money into your Paypal account or by buying items in the auction house. To transfer money, there will be a 15% fee taken, and probably an added fee on Paypal's side of things. 

If you're interested in reading more about the details, the FAQ can be read here and the How To can be read here. If you plan on getting the game, how much money do you think you'll be spending in the auction house? I wonder how much money people will regularly make from it, too. 

Below is a trailer Blizzard cooked up for Diablo III, if you're interested.