Diablo 3: Auction House Details Revealed
Blizzard have finally err, clarified, the fees that players will be expected to pay if they want to take part in the trading of items in Diablo 3. Blizzard announced a while back that it would be hosting two online auction houses in an attempt to combat black market trading.
The two auction houses would trade independently with one service transacting with in-game gold and the other that would use real-money. far from allaying fans’ fears that richer players would be given an unfair advantage, the new fee system that has been reveald by Blizzard may actually confirm them. Firstly the fees are rather high. For equipment the fee will either be 15% of the total gold (if using in game gold) or a buck if you are using real-money. These funds will go into your battlenet account. The real shafting though comes from if you dare to want to transfer your funds through a third party such as PayPal. Then you will find yourselves forking out a further 15% of the amount transferred. The story isn’t any better for commodities. Gold transactions will still see a 15% fee, for real-money 15% of the final sale will be deducted and the same PayPal fees apply too.
Basically if you sell a piece of armour for 5 dollars, and you like to use PayPal because you know, it’s safe, you will only see $3.40. Not very profitable, and obviously those with more disposable income will feel the pinch less. Blizzard cannot be blamed for the PayPal fees of course, they are set in stone, but it is a shame that players will be charged twice, once to their Battlenet account and once by the third-party. What do you think of the auction house idea? Do you think it will ultimately be good or bad? Leave your ideas in the comment section below.