Blizzard Shuts Down Diablo III's Controversial Auction House
Blizzard has been shutting down Diablo III's real-money auction house ahead of the release of the game's next expansion Reaper of Souls next week, according to the official announcement by Blizzard.
The shutdown time in all gameplay regions is approximately 3:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 18. New auctions cannot be made on the current auction house and remaining auctions have been automatically finished along with either going to the highest bidder or returned to the seller. Players will be able to claim gold and items from the auction house into their in-game stash until June 24. Successful transactions involving Battle.net Balance and/or PayPal will be processed normally and all usual fees will apply.
"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." You can view the full auction house FAQ by clicking here.
"Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again."
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