An Insight Into Diablo 3’s Defunct Auction System

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Diablo 3 is a hack-and-slack action role-playing game created by Blizzard Entertainment. It is the third instalment of the Diablo series. Launched in May 2012, the game is set in Sanctuary, the Diablo series’ dark fantasy world, two decades after the events of Diablo 2.

Like its predecessor, Diablo 3 features a four-act structure. The game utilizes the Havok physics engine and allows players to make use of the environment to help in their quest. The user interface is similar to Diablo 2 in terms of functions.

However, there are some graphical upgrades and more details when it comes to expanding tabs. Diablo 3 also had a new feature called the Auction House. This trading system allowed players to buy and sell items through auction.

What was the Auction House?

Accessible through, and not from in-game, the Auction House was a feature of the PC version of Diablo 3. It allowed players within a region to purchase and sell items quickly between each other. Players could sell or buy virtually all items except quest items.

There were two versions of the Auction House. One version used gold earned in-game, and the other used real-world currency. The latter was known as the Real Money Auction House (RMAH).

Why Did Blizzard Create the Auction House?

The purpose of the Auction House was to respond to what players wanted while combating external forces. There was a lot of trading of in-game items on third-party marketplaces in Diablo 2. Informal transactions between players were also rife.

Also, many players complained of rip-offs and account hackings. Blizzard thought that eliminating the need for such third parties would solve the challenges the players faced.

The game developer also hoped to make some profit out of the auction system. Unfortunately, within two months of launching Diablo 3, the company regretted implementing the Auction House. It was shut down on
March 18, 2014.

How The Auction House Worked

The Auction house listed all currently available items in a given region. Keep in mind that Diablo 3 is region-locked. Thus, players from different regions can’t trade with each other.

By specifying aspects such as the item type and the stats the player prefers, the Auction House would analyze all items currently available and show the most relevant results. The player could then bid on the items.

The buying and selling process was quite similar to how eBay auctions work. With Auction House, however, all auctions were completely anonymous. You couldn’t tell which player put an item up for sale. The Auction House processed auctions through the interface instead of the game client.

That meant you could concurrently access all auctions across all characters when using the auction house. Likewise, after you purchased an item, the auction house sent it to your shared stash. Thus, any character could use it as long as they meet the requirements of the item.

Players could fund sales and purchases through their account balance or a third-party online payment service provider like PayPal. It was much akin to how people load up funds in their online casino accounts at places like จีคลับ (GClub).

While the Diablo 3 Auction House didn’t succeed, places like GClub are still going strong and those wanting to play can do so safely and easily.

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