An announcement by Blizzard on Tuesday revealed that starting on March 18th, 2014, the Diablo 3 'Real Money Auction House' and the 'Gold Auction House' will be shutting down for good. This decision will please many gamers who feel that the auction house provides an unfair advantage to those players who spend real life cash, rather than spend hours upon hours legitimately earning their goods.
What's Blizzards reasoning behind this, you ask? Well, as read in the announcement, the company believes that the Auction House 'ruins the gameplay' creating a pay-to-win feel to the game; something that the company doesn't want. Blizzard believes that Diablo 3, at it's core, has been undermined by the in-game auction house. What is the point of even trying to find better loot from drops when you could essentially just buy every upgrade that you could need? As I am sure most of you that play Diablo 3 for the PC know, in-game drops just don't cut it. It's often found that hundreds and hundreds of grey and white items are dropped, while very few blue, gold and orange items are received as loot.
Blizzard hopes that with the release of Reaper of Souls (the upcoming expansion), and the implementation of the Loot 2.0 system, the Auction House will longer be needed and that's why they feel that the auction house can be removed. What are your thoughts on the removal of the Auction House? Do you think that Blizzard is making the right choice? Definitely let me know in the comments below.
If you would like to read the official post made by Blizzard, you can do so here.