Diablo III Real Money Auction House Security Causing Problems

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 22 June 2012 16:31

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Recently Blizzard put the real money auction house (RMAH) into effect in Diablo III, meaning you can now buy and sell items for real-world dollars. With the introduction of real money into Diablo's economy comes a greater need for security, both for Blizzard so they don't get sued and for users so they don't lose their money to in-game fraud. So after patch 1.0.3 Blizzard implemented some new security measures for people who digitally buy the game. An unintended bug with the new security was that players can no longer pass level 13 or go past Act I, which obviously has a lot of people in a huff.

As I said, thanks to a bug with the new security, players who digitally bought the game after patch 1.0.3 are unable to pass level 13 or go into Act II. This is a confirmed bug and Blizzard is working on preventing it. The security software not only comes with the bug, but there are some limitations to the accounts of people who buy digitally until payment can be verified (usually within a day, but it can sometimes take as long as 3 days). The following are the restrictions on accounts until payment is verified:

  • No public game access for unverified digital purchasers
  • No auction house access (real-money or gold) for unverified digital purchasers 
  • Unverified digital purchasers cannot trade items or drop items for other players to receive 
  • Unverified digital purchasers are not able to chat in any public or game channels 
  • Unverified digital purchasers cannot attach a custom message to friend requests, but they cansend/accept friend requests, and play with their friends 
  • Global Play is not available for unverified digital purchasers