Blizzard has tightened Battle.net security as it gears up to launch Diablo 3's real money Auction House later this week, following a series of delays.
From now on, users wanting to add to their Battle.net account balance, or send the proceeds of their real money auction house sales to their account, will be required to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator.
The Authenticators are designed to provide extra account security. Each time players log in using one they are provided with a unique, one-time use password to use in addition to their regular password. The Mobile Authenticator is free to download.
With the introduction of the real-money auction house, account security will become more important than ever. To help ensure that players have a positive experience when using the real-money auction house, we've made some adjustments to how players can use and access their Battle.net Balance.
Starting today, in order to add to your Battle.net Balance, players will be required to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator attached to their Battle.net account. For clarity, this means you'll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance.
Please note that players who previously added Battle.net Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on Battle.net and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator. However, an Authenticator will be required to add to your balance in the future, as explained above.
While we understand that this creates an extra step for players during the login process, we believe this added layer of account protection will help foster a safer auction house environment for all of our players.