Blizzard pulls the plug on Diablo 3's infamous auction house

2012-2014.

Blizzard has killed off the controversial Diablo III auction house ahead of the launch of the game's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, next week.

The service was shut down at approximately 10am GMT. No new auctions can now be made on the auction house, and remaining auctions have been automatically finalised--either going to the highest bidder or returned to the seller.

Players will still be able to claim gold and items from the auction house into their in-game stash until June 24, however.

"All active auctions will expire as normal following the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on Tuesday, March 18," said Blizzard. "Once the shutdown is complete, items will either be delivered to the current highest bidder or returned to the seller, appearing in each player’s Completed tab. Unclaimed gold will also appear in the Completed tab. Players will be able to claim gold and items and from this tab until June 24, 2014."

"Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again."

Blizzard announced that it would be killing off the Diablo 3 auction house in September last year.

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retsmot
retsmot

i'm really loving 2.0. the game is great right now. its much more rewarding to play, i'm finding more cool loots everyday.


before 2.0, i have a friend who just throw money at the game's AH to gear up, play an hour a day, and complain the game is boring because of the sucky drops. oh he also have billions of gold bought from gold farmers, total playtime less than 50 hours? 


while i had to play 4-8 hours a day, only to find sucky drops, and finished the day with a bitter and unsatisfied taste in the mouth. i had over 300 hours in, i had like 10mil gold? 10 mil gold that would have to be used in the AH to get better gear, because the drops sucks.


yeah, 2.0 is awesome! hope it gets better with reaper of souls. and RIP auction house, may you stay dead.

vadagar1
vadagar1

puled the plug ehhh


I hope the AH died a slow and painful death

Algearond
Algearond

Thank God, not a bad game I just don't have much interest in this type of game any more though.

iknowthepiecesf
iknowthepiecesf

It's annoying to see some smartasses here, still asking about "i don't get it, how did AH ruined the game?" after all this time, after thousands of gamers explained and complained about it...

They designed the whole game OVER that AH idea. Got it? It's not only an item market, it's a completely integrated system to the whole game. Your looting rate, item repairing costs, gold find, magic find, the whole difficulty settings, item randomization, item creation vs... EVERYTHING was build upon the idea of AH. It completely f*cked up the game mechanics and playability, Without some ultra expensive legendary items your lvl 60 barbarian was like a wetshit in inferno, in 2013.

I couldn't enter ACT 2 in inferno for months because i refused to buy some legendary items with real money and couldn't collect gold because looting rates were buffed and item repairing costs were hyped. I was literally forced to use RMAH to complete the game. Without those items it was impossible to survive in inferno. AND I paid 60 euros for that sh*t, can you believe it?
 
Now tell me you smartasses, did you understand why did AH f*cked up the whole game?

And i must say, i was a dedicated fan of Blizz but after that disaster i promised myself i will never buy a Blizz product again. If i like it i will pirate it. They deserved that. F*ck em.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I hope other devs will learn something from this. You really should cater to your fans and don't go for the cash grab. I want to know who thought this was a good idea. Shame on them.

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

if they removed the real money auction then ok thats fine but removing the gold auction i think it isnt good. probably should keep the gold auction but tweek it somehow

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

They improved the game quite a bit since launch. Sure, it's still not a great Diablo game, and it can barely be called an RPG since you just automatically unlock everything, but it's a pretty good "kill & loot" action game by itself, and it's great for some mindless fun with friends.

mdqsurf
mdqsurf

Charging almost 70% of the full game for an expansion after all the bad press from players/consumers is a slap on the face, they should have made RoS free major update since it feels like the game will be were it was supposed to be from launch.

F0U666
F0U666

AH was fun, I think I spent more time making gold on AH than playing the actual game. I farmed about 150 000 000 gold while playing but I made around 2 000 000 000 on AH legally without bots/hacks...

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Finally, most destructive addition to fun ever added to a game. 

Now if there could be an offline mode added for single player and LaN capabilities for people who want to campaign in the same room. 

That would be so great. 


Still though I will not buy this game for pc may wait for next gen console just to have an offline mode - the always online was a total nightmare when it came out. 

nurnberg
nurnberg

Great decision!  This will make the game better.  I might start playing again soon.  The auction house was just a terrible concept.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

I'll say the same thing to Blizzard like I said to EA and Sim Citys Offline mode.

too little, too late. Damage has already been done...for me anyway and I moved on from this game literally a day after it came out.



emperiox
emperiox

Now what is gold used for? I'm not going to complain because I got D3 for free with the annual pass...but why remove the gold AH? Also, whats with the Paragon system not having a max? So there is no such thing as a max level anymore? Why not just scrap the entire leveling system then? So much fail.

danyjr
danyjr

Too little, too late for this overly-hyped title.

SaQu1B
SaQu1B

I heard Blizzard will charge $5-$15 for heroes in Heroes of the Storm. It seems ridiculous. 

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

I made a vow that I would never give Blizzard money again after the way they treated their customers. I will never forget.

mdqsurf
mdqsurf

@yellowsanchez   I respect your opinion however, in a game (ARPG) that the main reason to play it is to get better loot it's a really the worst tool that you can add.

mdqsurf
mdqsurf

Let's just see how many copies of RoS they sell out of the 14mil diablo 3 copies that were sold.

A lot of people will not buy this expansion as blindingly as they bought the main game, I know I'm not.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@F0U666 I only used the Auction House the first few days or so, but then I realized it completely ruined the fun of getting my own loot, so I never touched it again. I'm glad it's gone.

gjozefi
gjozefi

@notfrylock1987 No one gives a shit that you think it's too little too late or that you quit a day after it released. Go play something else then and stop posting here.

Najdan
Najdan

@emperiox  Because gold AH was the main problem. People got the AH simulator in Diablo 3, not a Diablo game. And pls dont say "you can choose not to use it", yeah and then have 10 times weaker gear then all of your friends, it just gets depressing.

mdqsurf
mdqsurf

@emperiox @iknowthepiecesf I will take that you are not as old as many of us here and haven't play Diablo and Diablo 2 / LoD. The whole point of an ARPG together with replay ability is the loot hunt, that's what drives you to play 1 more hr. or to do that extra boss run, an AH in a game of this nature goes totally against the genre.  

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@gjozefi @notfrylock1987  

Did you enjoy your time with Diablo Auction House 5000 the 3rd Simulator? 

I can see the chat logs now "SELLING THIS ITE FOR $9839821398213863!!!!!! PST FOR TRADE!!!!!!!!" over and over and over and over and over and over.

Also, Still no offline mode, so the console versions are still superior to the PC version.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Grim_Jackal @jimmy_russell  The only way we as video game consumers can vote is with our dollars.  While it may be a video game- that is still 50-60$ of my money that I worked hard for, it may be nothing to you if your mom paid for it. but I encourage everyone to never buy the day a game comes out, never buy without checking reviews, and always be informed. 



mdqsurf
mdqsurf

@emperiox @mdqsurf Do you realize that the loot 2.0 that they implemented because the AHs are shutting down is your answer right?, all drops have increase because of it.  

emperiox
emperiox

@mdqsurf It still is impossible. Try leveling up your blacksmith or jeweler now without the AH. Tell me it won't be impossible.

emperiox
emperiox

@pgamer86 @emperiox@mdqsurf@yellowsanchez How does it kill the game? I've NEVER played it on multiplayer. NEVER. So why the hell do I care about "social aspect"...that was EA's reason for Sim City as well. It's not a game that is meant to be social.

mdqsurf
mdqsurf

It's not as simple as you put it when the whole game was designed around the use of GAH and RMAH. Blizzard deliberate made upgrades almost impossible to get only with regular farm, that togather with the original inferno dificulty make the AHs a must to progress in end game.

pgamer86
pgamer86

@emperiox @mdqsurf @yellowsanchez  I think you should read what mdqsurf said more than once. The AH kills the whole point of the game. It also kills the whole social and trade aspect via ingame chat or get togethers, Like the AH? Don't plate D3 buddy.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@notfrylock1987 Seems like people fail to realize what an offline mode would do to the game...it would become infested with hackers, and dupers and botters. Totally ruining the online portion of the game at the same time.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@SteamyPotatoes @notfrylock1987  I tried both, the console was much better then pc- first few weeks me and 3 friends couldn't even keep a server connection and we were in the same room. 


There is no such thing as too little too late- but blizzard has really turned off alot of loyal customers by this asinine decision. 

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@notfrylock1987  yeah the console is superior with the abundance of hackers / dupers & lesser controls , to hell with that, "too little too late" is nothing less than a neck bearded strawman argument.

Najdan
Najdan

@jenovaschilld @pgamer86 @Najdan @Grim_Jackal @jimmy_russell  Because patch 2.0 is allready out and im playing it for weeks and its better 10 times then that lame excuse of D3 when it came out. I preordered RoS just so i can play advanture mode, upgrade my gear on lvl70 and enjoy the proccess of farming and getting better gear again. If you need offline mode than dont buy it. I have internet at home (as most of gamers tend to have) and i have no problem with that. If it had offline mode, i wouldnt play it because hackers would ruined it.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@pgamer86 @Najdan @jenovaschilld @Grim_Jackal @jimmy_russell  I mean how do you know? When launch day comes - are you going to be able to get online to play the game or will it have weeks of drops and lags like d3 ? Have you already played the expansion? Have they added hours and hours of new content worth its costs? And how do you know they have not added or implemented some new kind of item drop, non auction house, dlc, pay to play, pay to win, armor stat system that will make the experience very unfavorable to its customers at launch and months from now like D3 has. 


Do not get me wrong, if the game expansion gets rave reviews and journalists report problems fixed, maybe even an offline mode or LAN mode - then hell yeah I hand over that money like it was burning me. But how can you so easily and blindly and fanboy like endorse something that has not come out yet. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@Spartan-1657 @jenovaschilld @Grim_Jackal @jimmy_russell  Well you can look up some of my old posts were I mention my profession and age - especially ones regarding video game violence, and first use laws.  


But since you called me out, I am 42 yrs old, I have been a RN BSN nurse since 1996. I was a nurse practitioner in the ER, then worked cardiac step - ER and finally burn ICU. For about 17 years I worked 3 to 4, 12hr shifts a week - which was pretty nice time wise I'll admit.  But believe you me, I earned my money, every penny, it is not like a soap opera or tv show- there is no laugh track in my profession.

I have built gaming PCs for all of my family, and modded consoles since 98'. After buying a game it is given to my nephews or nieces who do not have much. Luckily two of my best friends, I have had since grade school are old d&d buddies and we have had a love of video games since; learning and sharing this hobby we all here so love. 


I make quite a bit an hour; is it hard work labor wise?- nah not really. I am a big healthy man and while my feet may hurt after a 12 hr shift I can usually go home and can do house work no problem. And I do know hard labor as my family's business is contract building for mines. I have rough hands, red neck, red bald head, and great deal of knowledge of construction and wood working. But even on my longest day building and moving modular buildings or roofing - hospital work is by far more draining... soul draining. 


I know a lot of people here are school or college or basement ridden outcasts, but I would like to argue their money earned and spent on video games is no less 'earned' then mine or anyone else's. And we all just want to get what we paid for. 

In regards to D3 - me and 3 other friends gathered up during its launch, 4 monitors and 4 PC, great broadband, kids and wives sent away (that cost more then the 4 copies of the game), and tons of caffeine. Literally that whole weekend and for the next 2-3 weeks us 4 could not get online, get grouped, just to play the pve story mode. (in the same room !!) With constant drops, lags, and grouping problems it became to much. Avid fans of D2 - all we wanted was to just play the new d3. A couple of us finished the story mode together and 1 now 2 have swore off the franchise for good. How well an offline mode or a LAN mode would have made it for us, I personally hated the chatter and auction house. But back to my point, that is money for an experience promised on the product that was not given, as gaming consumers we have a right to not buy and share our experience with others.  


High production and a well crafted game D3 is for sure- but if you can only play it single person weeks - months after it came out - then with game breaking additions like AH and constant chatter of someone wanting to run you through, or sell something - blah. An offline or an infrequent check say once every few hours - localized saving of non MP games, and the ability to pick and choose what online content we have to put up with. And for goodness sake a LaN mode would bring us back to D3 - but I do not know - the experience has already had to many negatives so far, I know the story, and the expansion would have to bring alot of positive changes. Well that is my long spiel - spartan, hope it helps someone else. 

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

@jenovaschilld @Grim_Jackal @jimmy_russell  I don't mean to single you out, but I see this all the time and it bothers me. "$60 of my HARD EARNED cash" or "That I worked hard for". 

Are you fucking kidding me? Every single person seems to be such a hard worker lol. I wish it was like that in the real world!

Most jobs nowadays aren't "hard" anyways. 

I'm not saying I work hard either, just it's ridiculous how everyone thinks they work so hard and companies should be so fortunate to have their "hard-earned" money. If 60 bucks is hard earned to you, then your job isn't hard.