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    Diablo 3 Auction House to be closed permanently - or just an April Fool's joke?

    http://diablo.incgamers.com/blog/com...house-to-close

    The topic can be discussed here: http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/s...se-permanently

    Issues related to future trading in this trading forum can take place in this thread, of course. We will see if we can back the glorious days of the D2 ETF!
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    Re: Diablo 3 Auction House to be closed permanently - or just an April Fool's joke?

    April's fool joke for sure

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    Re: Diablo 3 Auction House to be closed permanently - or just an April Fool's joke?

    Well, yes, it was an Incgamers joke, see the update in the message.

    Blizzard has said that they will do something about the fact that many people oppose the AH, however.
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    Re: Diablo 3 Auction House to be closed permanently - or just an April Fool's joke?

    Saying you'll do something about something people are upset over is pretty meaningless. Saying what you'll do is much more valuable. Actually doing it, now that legitimately matters. Honestly, I'll be surprised if and when they get to the second step. The third would be near miraculous, they have No Idea how to solve the problems the AH presents, and only a half an idea as to what those problems actually are. As they've sold 10 million copies already and have suffered legal consequences for the use of the AH already, I *really* don't see them scrapping it or offering any significant changes to it, as they would possibly incite more legal consequences. The safest, and most likely, scenario by far is them continuing to pander by saying they'll do something, eventually, then attempting to shift focus to other things, like the console version as an option for those who don't like the AH, or the expansion.

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    Re: Diablo 3 Auction House to be closed permanently - or just an April Fool's joke?

    Of course, there's nothing to be done if they are happy with the money which they already have, but if they want to earn more, they will have to improve the game in some manner. For example, the more they work on the game now, the more copies of an expansion they may sell.

    There is no pressure of time, so it would be worse to promise something and then not keep it than to say nothing at all. Perhaps you believe that they are a bunch of fools, but as you said yourself, they sold 10 million copies, so I don't think they just issued hollow words to buy time which they don't need.

    They cannot close the AH without incurring the wrath of those who are still playing D3 and it might have legal consequences to shut down something which has been sold as a game feature. However, they can add a "no AH" option to character creation, forming separate realms that way.

    Whatever, that's not a trading issue, but one for the mentioned thread in the general discussion forum.
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