Six months after announcing its plans, Blizzard has finally taken down Diablo III’s flawed real-money auction house.
The auction house is still accessible via the main menu of the game, but once in, players can no longer bid, buyout or list new items. It seems likely that Blizzard is simply waiting for current auctions to time out before taking out the auction house entirely.
When accessing the auction house screen, the following message displays.
"The Auction House is shutting down. You must claim your items from the Completed tab by 6/24. Existing auctions will complete based on the time remaining."
What are your thoughts on the auction house finally shutting down? Leave a comment below, and let us know.
Mike’s Musings: While I got my fair share of use out of the auction house, I can’t say I’m sad to finally see it go. There became a time while playing Diablo III that I was too worried about how much gold — cash if it was an ultra rare find — my new-found loot would get me. It became more of a auction game with a hint of action rather than the other way around. I’m glad it’s gone.
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