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Blizzard defends Diablo 3 real-money auctions

Combats black market by letting players trade 'securely' (for a small cut, of course)

Blizzard has revealed that Diablo 3 will have a new auction house feature that will let player buy and sell items with real money.

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Blizzard executive VP Rob Pardo made the announcement at a recent presentation, explaining that the feature comes in reaction to the thriving black markets that saw people exchanging items for real cash with previous Diablo games.

Instead of trying to stop real cash purchases, Diablo 3 embraces it, he explained. "People were going to do it anyway, and this way it's secure," he said, later defending the feature against the suggestion players could spend more time in the auction room than actually playing the game. "As long as players are having fun, whatever they're doing, I consider that a success," he said.

Players can list anything from weapons, armour, gold or even characters themselves in an auction house and sell them to other players for real-world moolah. Players will be able to make a limited number of free listing per week, but otherwise Blizzard will charge a small fee and take a cut of the final sale amount.

Blizzard also revealed that the game will require a constant online connection to be played.

[ SOURCE: GameSpy ]

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