Blizzard Didn’t Remove The Real-Money Auction Hotel From Diablo 3 Right Away Because “It Was On The Box”

Diablo 3’s controversial real-money auction house stuck around for so long because it was advertised “on the box,” which Blizzard says could cause legal issues.

Speaking to the Portland Retro Gaming Fair (marked by Gamer on PC (opens in a new tab)), Diablo 3 lead designer Jay Wilson addressed some of the more controversial aspects of the 2012 sequel. Now, while we’re all collectively dealing with the implication that Diablo 3 is a retro game now, let’s focus on what Wilson said about the auction house and the “always online” thing.

Apparently, Blizzard set up the Auction House, which allowed players to spend real money on in-game items and trade them with others, in an effort to curb cheating and piracy. .

“When I was at Blizzard, the reason I did real-money auctioning was security,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t money, we didn’t expect to get that much money out of it, [but] the biggest problem with Diablo 2 was item duplication and item hacking and all the gold vendors and all that stuff.”

He adds: “There is almost no way to solve this problem without somehow controlling the trading market. There are many good ways to do it, but that was our idea at the time. The commercial market is in the game: we control it, so the hackers don’t.”

According to Wilson, it’s a similar situation, with the game still online. “As soon as you log out you have to give the client server away and once you do that the hackers have you. But I couldn’t say those things because you’re not pushing the hackers. You say ‘oh we’re doing this for security reasons’ and the hackers say ‘oh really?'”

The real-money auction house was almost universally decried, leading to Blizzard removing it from the game in 2014, saying it “undermined Diablo’s core game”. Although it was poorly received at launch and never made Blizzard a ton of money, it took the studio nearly two years to rectify the situation.

Well, now we know why: the feature was advertised on the game’s retail box, which for our young readers was still something people bought in 2012. Here’s a picture of a retail box Diablo 3 retail we had in the office that lists the real money auction house as a feature:

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“The reason we didn’t get rid of it straight away when we saw it was a problem is that legally we didn’t think we could because it was advertised on the boxes…” Wilson said.

“So we spent a lot of time trying to work through all the legal issues before finally saying, OK, we think it’s worth a try, if we get a trial, well.”

Now, more than 10 years after its launch, Diablo 3 is auction-free – although, like most multiplayer games these days, it’s still live. diablo 3 season 27 kicked off this summer, with its 28th season set to begin later this year or early next year. Diablo 4 launch in 2023.

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