After multiple delays and some major improvements to security practices, Blizzard has finally launched Diablo III‘s real money auction house in America.
While players can’t yet spend real money on resources like gold and gems — a feature Blizzard says it’s launching “as soon as possible” — top equipment for Level 60 characters is already drawing bids of $200 or more less than 24 hours after the auction house closes. went up for the first time. However, the nascent market still seems to be struggling to determine the precise value of certain items. For example, buy prices for the Demon Hunter’s “Grim Hellion Crossbow of Death” range from $69 to $250, with asking prices having only a vague relationship to the crucial damage-per-second stat.
The centralized auction house aims to replace gray market websites that previously proliferated beyond Blizzard’s control Diablo games, a move the company says will help with “numerous customer service and gaming experience issues.” As discussed earlier, Blizzard takes a flat $1 fee from the seller for each device sold, and there’s a 15 percent fee for transferring funds from a Battle.net balance to a PayPal account.
European players can spend real money on Diablo III items on Friday, June 15, Eurogamer reports, while players using currencies other than the US dollar in the US region will be able to use the service “for the foreseeable future,” Blizzard says.