Diablo III real money auction house feature delayed again

Diablo III players who have been waiting for the promised real world auction house to launch will have to keep waiting a bit longer. In a post on the Battle.net web site, Blizzard community manager "Nethaera" said, "In light of the post-launch obstacles we've encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame." No new launch date for the feature was announced.

Blizzard has also posted up a list of all of the hotfixes that have been put into Diablo III since its launch on May 15th. Today's announcement added that Blizzard has plans to take down the game's servers for more maintenance periods and will also release a client update for Diablo III that will fix a number of bugs and issues.

The update also addressed concerns about reports of Diablo III accounts being hacked into by others. The forum post stated:

First and foremost, we want to make it clear that the Battle.net and Diablo III servers have not been compromised. In addition, the number of Diablo III players who've contacted customer service to report a potential compromise of their personal account has been extremely small. In all of the individual Diablo III-related compromise cases we've investigated, none have occurred after a physical Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app was attached to the player's account, and we have yet to find any situation where a Diablo III player's account was accessed outside of "traditional" compromise methods (i.e. someone logging using an account's login email and password).

The post said that, aside from using the Battle.net Authenticator, the best method of securing at Diablo III account is to use "smart password management" along with scanning your PC for malware.

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I don't get it why would anyone want to buy something thats not real for real money if any of my friends had said to me they'd just payed a $1000 for an in game sword I would seriously have whack them upside the head whilst simultaneously rolling on the floor laughing

Athlonite said,
I don't get it why would anyone want to buy something thats not real for real money if any of my friends had said to me they'd just payed a $1000 for an in game sword I would seriously have whack them upside the head whilst simultaneously rolling on the floor laughing

time is money, spend 10 hours trying to get some thing or pay a few bucks and save the effort?

im not condoning it, i hate RMT in games, its just an excuse for the developers/publisher to nickel and dime you, and in this case make "artificially rare" items worth a small fortune for blizzard to scrape 30% off each sale.

i like the in game gold auction house but the rmt one i will not be part taking in

Athlonite said,
I don't get it why would anyone want to buy something thats not real for real money if any of my friends had said to me they'd just payed a $1000 for an in game sword I would seriously have whack them upside the head whilst simultaneously rolling on the floor laughing

Video games in general "are not real." But you buy them. Especially digital copies.

Glad to see you quoted Blizzard on account security. Would be kind of curious to see how many eJournalists are going to post retractions to their pieces about it appearing that Blizzard was compromised or that something was going on outside of users having poor account security.

Eh, I don't care about the AH too much. In reality, it's going to ruin the game. While I'm still taking advantage of it... there is no more thrill or need to go looking for the best weapons when you can easily buy them off the AH with a few hours of gameplay gold pick ups. While it will help people progress through the game, it will lower the value of game play.

To be honest I am glad they are pushing it back. If they released it now with all the hacking going on because people do not know how to secure their accounts it would be a nightmare. and honestly i think they should require an authenticator to use it.