02 August 2011
Diablo 3 Real-world Money Auction House Thoughts by Athene
NOTE: Video contains language not safe for work (NSFW).
Oli's recent WarcraftEcon post brought to my attention this video of Athene discussing the possibilities of the new real-world money auction house in Diablo 3. I've been a big Athene fan for years and in this case I agree with most of what he is saying about the possibilities of the new Diablo 3 real-world money auction house in bringing actual real-world revenue to Diablo 3 players.
While a company providing an auction house for players to sell virtual items is hardly new (Sony Online Entertainment has been doing this for years with its Station Exchange which lets players buy and sell items for real-world money for such games as Everquest II and Vanguard) the fact that a company as large as Blizzard is jumping on board will have huge ramifications in not only the way companies monetize their games but may provide gamers with some residual income while playing these games.
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