Blizzard Announce Plans to Close ‘Diablo III’ Auction Houses, Keep Online Requirement

Blizzard announced this week that it was canning the almost-unanimously loathed Real Money and Gold Auction Houses in “Diablo III.” According to a post on the game’s official website by production director John Hight, both auction houses will be closed on March 18, 2014.

In a video conversation, Hight and game director Josh Mosqueira explained that the auction houses were being cut out because they’d become “a double-edged sword,” taking players out of the game and negatively impacting “Diablo”’s core tenet: kill monsters, find loot.

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