news\ Jun 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Diablo 3 real-money auction house goes live in Americas


After a few delays, the long-awaited Diablo 3 real-money auction house is now available in the Americas game region and is set to go live in Europe this Friday.

With the real-money auction house, you are able to buy and sell Diablo 3 loot found in-game using actual currency via approved third-party payment services or using Balance.

Players may now purchase items with the U.S. dollar, Australian dollar, and Mexican peso. The real-money auction house for the Europe game region and the remaining Americas game region currencies (Chilean peso, Argentine peso, and Brazilian real) will launch "in the near future", or on Friday according to a in-game notification spotted by Eurogamer.

"We are rolling out elements of the real-money auction house separately to ensure all of our players have the smoothest possible experience. We'll have more information on the availability of the European real-money auction house and the remaining Americas currencies soon," Blizzard said in a post today.

Accessing the Diablo 3 real-money auction house is pretty straightforward. Click the "Auction House" button on the left-hand side of the campaign screen, and then on the button showing your region's currency in the upper right-hand corner of the auction house interface. For all of the nitty, gritty details check out the post.

Blizzard received a lot of flack for including this type of feature in Diablo 3. Many felt it would ruin the gameplay experience by allowing people to buy their items with real cash, while Blizzard defended it would help combat gold farmers. Up until now, it's all been speculation, but it looks like we'll finally be able to see if it is a smart idea to allow people to pay cash for items.

Do you plan on using the Diablo 3 real-money auction house?

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