‘Diablo 3’ Auction House Fees Detailed

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The production of the third game in Blizzard’s epic role-playing series Diablo 3 has definitely been long and drawn out, with numerous delays and changes to core gameplay elements, but Blizzard is still maintaining that the game will be a Blizzard-quality production. The game is launching in just two weeks on May 15, and gives its players a completely new approach to selling excess inventory items — allowing them to sell their items to other players for in-game gold or actual real-world currency.

Diablo 2 featured numerous third-party methods of obtaining items, some free and some that were not, but there was no official oversight by the developers. This meant that players often took a financial risk when purchasing items from other players, never truly knowing if the other user was scamming them. Blizzard’s new method for Diablo 3 will be to institue an auction house that is supported within the game itself, determined by region — the Americas, Europe, and Asia, with the latter not supporting a real-money auction house at launch. Thankfully, we’ve got new details on exactly what charges and costs will be implemented at the game’s launch.

Buying items takes place in a fairly user-friendly interface, with players being able to set search parameters for specific items or commodities they’re looking for, or setting a price range. Once the player finds an item they wish to buy, they can enter a bid value or purchase the item outright (if it was set up with this option by the seller), very similar to how eBay auctions work. Have a look:

Those familiar with on-line auction will find selling items is very similar: players find the item they wish to sell, set a minimum bid amount and possibly an optional buyout price, and wait for someone to buy the item. All real-money transactions are linked to the player’s Battle.net account and, if desired, can be transferred to a third-party payment service such as PayPal.

The fees, however, get a little complicated. They are as follows:

For Equipment (weapons, armor, accessories, and other unique items)

  • Transaction Fee (Gold Auction House): 15% of final sale price
  • Transaction Fee (Real-Money Auction House): $1.00 USD per item / $1.00 AUD per item
  • Transfer Fee (when sending proceeds to PayPal or other authorized payment-service provider): 15% of amount being transferred

For Commodities (gems, materials, dyes, pages, recipes, and other non-unique items)

  • Transaction Fee (Gold Auction House): 15% of final sale price
  • Transaction Fee (Real-Money Auction House): 15% of final sale price
  • Transfer Fee (when sending proceeds to PayPal or other authorized payment-service provider): 15% of amount being transferred

Ranters, it’s time for some basic math. You want to sell me magical sword for $5. I have to pay $5, but you will receive only $4.00 into your account. If you then choose to move those funds to PayPal, only $3.40 will be transferred. If the sale was for 500 in-game gold, I again would be forced to pay the total amount, but your in-game account would only be credited with 425 gold.

Blizzard states in their FAQ for the auction house that there will be no separate servers for players based upon the auction house — essentially meaning gold-only players will be competing with players who might be flush with cash (or not anymore) and look to get ahead in the game by paying actual money. The only exception will be Hardcore characters, having access to a server that supports a gold-only auction house. There are also no plans at this time for Blizzard to sell items directly to players via gold or real cash.

The full list of FAQs for the Auction House can be found here.

As a frequent player of Diablo 2, I can appreciate a legitimate trading system where players and interact with other players within the community and trade items. That being said, the inclusion of real-money trading has the potential to skew the Diablo 3 economy, where some greedy players will surely be unwilling to part with their wares unless players fork over cash instead of in-game gold. As nervous as it makes me feel about cash-spending players having an advantage, it will be hard to not give the system a chance.

Ranters, what is your take on the Diablo 3 auction house?

Diablo 3 will launch May 15 for PC and Mac.

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Source: Blizzard