Diablo III auction house fees, Global Play revealed

Blizzard enacting 15 percent transaction fee for all commodities sold in real-money auction house, another 15 percent to transfer funds; RPG playable across continents.

Blizzard today offered new details on Diablo III's controversial real-money auction house. The service will launch "approximately one week" after the role-playing game ships on May 15, and Blizzard will enact surcharges on all commodities sold and for those wishing to cash out.

Blizzard will take a substantial cut from auction house sales.

Blizzard said it will take $1 from every piece of equipment (weapons and armor) successfully sold. For commodities like crafting materials, gems, gold, and what Blizzard described as "stackable" items, the company will enact a 15 percent transaction fee. On top of that, Blizzard will take another 15 percent if gamers elect to move funds to a third-party service like PayPal.

Gamers can avoid that fee (and PayPal's own surcharge) by dumping the cash into their Battle.net account, but there, the funds can be used only to purchase Blizzard games, subscriptions, and merchandise. For more on fees associated with Diablo III's auction house, check out Blizzard's comprehensive FAQ.

The company also today announced that Diablo III will make use of Battle.net's new Global Play feature. This allows players to create new characters and friends lists in regions outside of their home territory.

Diablo III's servers will be located in three major regions: The Americas (United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia), Europe (European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates), and Asia (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau).

When players first create a character, it will be tagged for play in their home region, which is determined by the country registered to their Battle.net account. The Global Play option allows players to jump into any other game region before or after they log in to Diablo III.

The Global Play offering is not without its restrictions. Players will not be able to migrate characters, items, and friends lists between regions. Further, players will be blocked from accessing the real-money auction house when playing outside their "home" region.

For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Falru
Falru

I don't see how people can't realize that profiting off of Blizzard's IP is downright illegal. However, they've chosen to give you permission to do it, so long as they get a cut.

 

Obviously, the idea came from a desire for profit.

 

You know, like every business in existence?

gofkyourself123
gofkyourself123

The amount of stupidity in this comment thread is astounding.  To all the complete idiots who are against this, please do me a favor and refute the following points:

 

1) The most glaring fact being ignored by you morons: THIS FEATURE IS OPTIONAL!  I didn't see anywhere that Blizzard said that you MUST use the real money auction house.  If this kind of thing isn't your cup of tea, then don't participate!  And those that do will be glad it exists.

 

2) You may have paid 60 bucks for the game, but do you realize what you get in return?  You get servers that are maintained 24/7.  You are getting content patches and bug fixes (meaning Blizzard is continuing to write code for Diablo 3, even after you already purchased the game).   You are getting a full time support staff open 24/7.  This is Blizzard's way of funding the continued development of D3, so you should be happy that there is a way for Blizzard to feel justified in continuing to create content without charging you more money.  $60 is not a whole lot in this country, and you get a hell of a lot more than you're paying for.

 

3) Blizzard is not a charity.  They are a company.  A company's goal is to make money.  If you don't believe companies should be paid for their products, then stop playing the game!  Oh but you won't, because you are getting more than what you pay for when you buy a Blizzard game.  Blizzard has the right to make money for their products, and trying to maximize their profits isn't corporate greed, it's just how business works.  If you don't like capitalism, there are plenty of socialist countries out there.  Give Cuba a try maybe.

 

4) Some of us would rather spend money than grind in game.  That means I don't have time to grind out items for hours and hours, plus I find that kind of play boring.  If I make $50 an hour, and an item would take me 5 hours to grind, and costs $20, it actually makes more economic sense for me to buy the item on the real money AH than to grind it out.  And I may just do that, because I prefer progression to grinding.  If I'd rather work for items at my job than grinding in game, then so be it.  

 

The ultimate conclusion here is, play the game the way you want, don't use features you don't like that are completely optional, don't hate on a company for being good at what it does, and stop hating on people for wanting alternate ways to earn items.  

 

gofkyourself123
gofkyourself123

The amount of stupidity in this comment thread is astounding.  To all the complete idiots who are against this, please do me a favor and refute the following points:

 

1) The most glaring fact being ignored by you morons: THIS FEATURE IS OPTIONAL!  I didn't see anywhere that Blizzard said that you MUST use the real money auction house.  If this kind of thing isn't your cup of tea, then don't participate!  And those that do will be glad it exists.

 

2) You may have paid 60 bucks for the game, but do you realize what you get in return?  You get servers that are maintained 24/7.  You are getting content patches and bug fixes (meaning Blizzard is continuing to write code for Diablo 3, even after you already purchased the game).   You are getting a full time support staff open 24/7.  This is Blizzard's way of funding the continued development of D3, so you should be happy that there is a way for Blizzard to feel justified in continuing to create content without charging you more money.  $60 is not a whole lot in this world, and you get a hell of a lot more than you're paying for.

 

3) Blizzard is not a charity.  They are a company.  A company's goal is to make money.  If you don't believe companies should be paid for their products, then stop playing the game!  Oh but you won't, because you are getting more than what you pay for when you buy a Blizzard game.  Blizzard has the right to make money for their products, and trying to maximize their profits isn't corporate greed, it's just how business works.  If you don't like capitalism, there are plenty of socialist countries out there.  Give Cuba a try maybe.

 

4) Some of us would rather spend money than grind in game.  That means I don't have time to grind out items for hours and hours, plus I find that kind of play boring.  If I make $50 an hour, and an item would take me 5 hours to grind, and costs $20, it actually makes more economic sense for me to buy the item on the real money AH than to grind it out.  And I may just do that, because I prefer progression to grinding.  If I'd rather work for items at my job than grinding in game, then so be it.  

 

The ultimate conclusion here is, play the game the way you want, don't use features you don't like that are completely optional, don't hate on a company for being good at what it does, and stop hating on people for wanting alternate ways to earn items. 

dwringer
dwringer

Minimal production values? You're comparing this to what exactly? It is true that the graphics are of a level comparable to something like Torchlight technically speaking, but this is a design decision, not a consequence of an under-funded project.  I recommend you take a look at how software is actually designed, maybe take a class or two, and then try to imagine the labor required to build games like Blizzard does.

Talavaj
Talavaj

considering you can sell an item that virtually does not exist and took you maybe a few hours of grind to obtain is an interesting and profitable idea

however it gets worse when you realize the whole thing is only made so to hoard more money for the publisher/developer

especially considering they have charged you a full price for the game already, for a game that, judging by its look and quality had minimal  production values to begin with

 

I think it is time for game developers to start making their total budget public like movies do

so that we can see how much of our money goes to their fat pockets

killer_ak_88
killer_ak_88

im fine with that as far as it doesnt affect my gaming .... and true gamers can make some cash from this :P

 

SUBZERO99999
SUBZERO99999

I kinda like the idea about it, it's just that the fee is to high drop it to 10% and maybe then I will use it.

dwringer
dwringer

...Except, economies are non linear, and everything on this real money auction house can be obtained for free. If idiots out there with more money than brains want to take some of that money and give it to Blizzard, that is fine with me. Our society has much bigger sinkholes of much larger amounts of money being extorted from much larger demographics.

CppMnky
CppMnky

The big thing even some of you complainers are missing is that the things being sold in the auction house don't exist.  The reason this is screwed up is that all Blizzard has to do to make more money is turn drop rates down.  Basic supply and demand, except the supply is a number in a database.  Crafting materials double in price, Blizzard gets double the money.

kingJord
kingJord

I will never pay for WoW again. Sweet.

ED0511
ED0511

With this system, I think some people will play diablo 3 to earn a living. This element is just another way for the greedy Blizzard to earn more on top of the game sale. Nowadays, these companies are just making something called "Game products" but not a Game that can be enjoyed.

PenthiusX
PenthiusX

yea gone are  the days when game were meant to be just fun...and an expression of creativity and art.

 

Way to go finding new ways fr people to be bigger nolifes than they already are.(Been there)

 

Blizzard loves making people into no lifers ,Infact there depending on it. 

 

 

 

 

fredwv
fredwv

pay to win. Woo... most folks won't make squat from the AH.  Only the hardcore might make a few bucks.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

Paying for starcraft 3 times, world of crackfare subscription and now they've tarnished one of the greatest gaming franchises of all time with more greed.  I genuinely hope Blizzard manages to self destruct somehow so all their talented people can work for better developers.  no I'm not bitter but I am very disappointed.  The bright side is that Torghlight 2 will be out this year also which will likely be more fun anyway.  Boo Blizzard

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Oh my god. You know this was all Kotick's crappy, greedy idea. I HATE him. Seriously, why hasn't he been fired yet???

 

I actually don't have a problem with the idea of taking a "small fee" (according to Blizzard's original statement) to create a legitimate service for this type of transaction. But FIFTEEN PERCENT?! I was thinking 2-3%. What a freaking joke. Not to mention the same people charging are directly in control of how rare an item is within the game!!

 

Honestly, part of me is hoping that many people boycott buying this game, even if the core of it is good. Things like this are OUTRAGEOUS and shouldn't be tolerated. F*** Bobby Kotick--that stupid, sniveling, cross-between-Mini-Me-and-The-Penguin-look-alike s***-head.

sinex1983
sinex1983

It seems that a significant quantity of people have forgotten that people bought and sold items during the Diablo II era.  The only difference here is that, instead of some greasy Chinese nerd getting your money, it'll be going to the company who made the game and who isn't *actively* trying to steal your credit card information.

CharlieSpot
CharlieSpot moderator

So by selling a few items a month I can fund my $15 WoW subscription fee.  That's handy.  And by selling a bunch of items I can get a copy of Heart of the Swarm when it comes out.  I like.

ziproy
ziproy

The only thing more wrong than Blizzard doing this are the people STUPID enough to spend REAL money on items in a video game.

 

 

Hell_Fire_Wyrm
Hell_Fire_Wyrm

I find peoples argument amusing, would anyone want to hear the real facts from any company? the company that does that would be burning itself if its said to its costumer; "due to the fact that we are a company that is all about making money we dont care as long as we get paid also you will not be refund in any way and for technical issues to be solved you can wait for a month or more", if you dont realise that then you are naive and a fool to think otherwise, also no one is holding a gun to anyones head to buy this game or play it.

mack10
mack10

woooow i so wanna be a part of this...this isn't retarded at all...oh well, the zombies will do as blizzard wants anyway.

Greytoof
Greytoof

Blizzard is a business, it has shareholders.. The only reason this game is going to require an active internet account to play is to prevent piracy of the game. The waffle about the Diablo franchise being a Co-op game is a bad attempt at hiding that fact.

The implementation of the ebay style auction house is to ensure some form of subscription fee like MMO's. With the drop in WoW members this game is being designed to fill the void.  No doubt Blizzards next game will be designed for maximum revenue to compensate with the drop in D3 players in the future.

I hold no grudge against this form of payment system. It pays for the developers to keep making additions to the game. And this idea of player loot sales gives people the power to sell or buy or not even look at auctions. 

I just value honesty and talking a load of fluff to hid the truth is insulting. 

Deadlock3386
Deadlock3386

Dear fellow gamers. No one is forcing you to buy this game, or to accept the terms of online connection, auction house fees etc. If you love the game and appreciate it for what it is, then you will enjoy it no matter the ethics that you oppose of "stealing" gamers money. Yes, I feel you on that issue and it hurts to be mocked like this. But eventually the question at hand will you enjoy the content and will you have a blast with this game? For me the answer is probably YES. And by saying "YES" I mean that I gonna put up with the s**t behind it. IMO there aren't many companies in the market or in the history of computer games... that polish their products and support their customers more the Blizzard. Their games are a complete joy, if its Starcraft, Diablo, Warcraft etc. (I didn't play WOW so I can't say). 

 

Please for your own sake, stop whining about the bureaucracy bihind the industry they all want the same. The smart thing is to get what you want, enjoy it and never wasting a moment thinking about how people try to steal your money. 

I know many won't agree with me and that's ok, I just think we should all take it easy and just have some fun, cause tha's what games are all about. 

 

Peace.

AJAM1
AJAM1

In my eyes Blizzard died years ago, I could care less about D3 it isnt looking good.

slave1_basic
slave1_basic

Single player only for me so couldn't care less

SAS123478
SAS123478

this game will be a total waste of time trying for hours and hours to find one extremely rare piece of equipment so you dont have to pay a ridiculous price for it in the auction house, no thanks... I play games for enjoyment not as a job. This is stupid. You will be unable to play end game without epic pieces of equipment that never drop. Eventually you will be forced to buy expensive items on the auction house in order to progress in the game. Thats why it is greedy. 

thebeasle
thebeasle

So the game is forced online co-op PVE at launch. How does the paid auction house distort the game economy and how is Blizz being "greedy" ? I mean they are a for-profit corporation who make amazing games... 

 

If you don't want to use the paid auction house, don't use it. That's what I plan to do. 

 

PVP is different and Blizz will have to take steps to balance the game economy in PVP. 

SAS123478
SAS123478

I will not buy diablo III now simply because they have always said there will be no online fee, Blizz is greedy and I will not support them. 

rastotm
rastotm

I''m curious about this feature. It can have adverse effects. Note that it won't stop farming/botting, it may actually increase it. Exactly the same goes for hacked accounts.In addition, nothing good has come out of in-game cash shops in combination with RPG games. On the long run it always creates a imbalanced economy and a useless ingame currency.Simply said, implenting this tool without extremely good farming/botting/hacking counters will kill the game.

scribeman
scribeman

So, what's to stop players from abusing this "always online" feature?I mean it was envisioned as being a multiplayer and never a single player game. So what's to stop players from arranging deals outside of the system, paying through a third party and then "dropping" the items when they play together?

dellis66
dellis66

how can you blame them?  your making money off of stuff they created and trading it in the auction house they maintain.  nonetheless, it is sounds like a great feature

dwringer
dwringer

 @gofkyourself123 Point number four in your post is not only something I had never considered in terms of justifying the RMAH (I was in favor of it anyway), but also something that goes a long way towards improving my view of it. There may be outliers that create problems, but it's not as if those don't exist in games like WoW as well. The game economy adapts and accomodates both types of players in its own way, and I'm sure Blizzard designers are intelligent enough to balance the game so there isn't a huge advantage to be gained by dumping massive tons of cash in, but enough incentive to prompt some affluent individuals to do so if desired.  Also I would guess they want people to have to spend SOME real money to achieve the intended balance without extended sessions of farming. This is a shame in a sense, but it is less intrusive than a pay-to-play system and also something that people seeking greater challenge can completely ignore.

BimboShaggins
BimboShaggins

 @ED0511 

This is the reason why people with down syndrome shouldn't browse the internet

kingJord
kingJord

 @ED0511 You could play for a thousand hours and never interact with the store. In D2, there are a HUGE black market for items and gold. It turned out the same, but this time at least Blizzard has control over it... You're naivety is shocking.

Hell_Fire_Wyrm
Hell_Fire_Wyrm

 @ED0511  That is just a fat lie, you want to tell me no one enjoys these games?! then why the feck they sell like fresh hot cookies right from the oven? people are just as  greedy  as the companies if not more, you get the product cheaper than the rest and you still find that person complain its too expensive, besides if it was so bad they would have bankrupt. 

Aeondeity
Aeondeity

 @PenthiusX It's pathetic. I want Diablo III. Not another job. Games are meant to be fun; spending money irl to balance the game isn't fun - it's just dangling a carrot on a stick.

 

I would much rather just give them $200 for Diablo III and say "give me a balanced fun game, no more fees"

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @JackHoleFace00 Agree completely.  Bobby epitomizes exactly what consumers hate about modern gaming - abject, perverse corporate greed.  Hail the age of Indie development.  I mean 5% says "we want to enhance your experience and protect our community while paying for the effort".  But 15% says "we will rape and pillage our devoted fans so EA can post another $.01/share profit and we can get the next gen porsche for all our executives."  The only way to react to this is not buy the game but I guarantee millions will buy it, use the auction house and complain the entire time.  Shame on consumers for never speaking with their checkbooks

mack10
mack10

@sinex1983 No it wont. The difference now is that a greasy American nerd will get your money and Blizzard gets part of the pot.

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

 @ziproy enabling item purchasing completely destroys the multiplayer component, cheapens real accomplishment and marginalizes the entire game for everyone.  But Blizzard might make a few extra bucks.  God forbid the devoted fans find a way to come our ahead without the devs getting their vig like a casino.  Bobby is the kind of person that sold his daughter into prostitution 2000 years ago.  "Oh I can make $$ with my kids?  Let's have more"  yah that was over the top

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Greytoof in PC, there no such thing as prevent piracy. You could only delay them

BimboShaggins
BimboShaggins

 @AJAM1 Then why did you comment on this article? Go play games you like rather than talk about ones you dislike, idiot.

argile007
argile007

 @SAS123478

 

You will be able to play the entire game without buying some expensive rare gear. but if somone wants to buy there gear whats it matter to you? let them buy it and if you are to cheap to spend some cash for the enjoyment of a game then dont no one is forcing you too!

KWilTheLegend
KWilTheLegend

 @SAS123478 Just play with friends... then you won't be going against everyone that is looking for drops to sell in the AH.

argile007
argile007

 @SAS123478

 There is no online fee. Wtf are you talking about, if you are saying that because its online only that it is costing you money because of your internet subscription well get with the times, lol i dont even know anyone that deosnt have internet!

KWilTheLegend
KWilTheLegend

 @scribeman It won't... but they did that anyway.  Blizzard figures they might as well try and make money off of it.  Because people will do that anyway.  At least this is a safer way to do it, I guess.  For the buyer and the seller.

dwringer
dwringer

 @Aeondeity Once you can define what 'balanced' even means, you're halfway to realizing how your dream will never be realized, for anyone, ever.

DeanCorleone
DeanCorleone

 @Armoured_Mage  @ziproy People pay good money for a game in itself - which if looked at by the same terms, is no different then buying a in game item... or DLC for that matter, its just on a smaller scale.

Greytoof
Greytoof

 @y3ivan  @Greytoof Prevent doesn't mean stop. It means to take action to stop something. Weather it achieves that goal is to be seen.