News: Blizzard have released a guide for the Diablo III Auction House, detailing everything from how the search feature works, to what transaction fees you’ll have to pay on each item sold.
On the 15th of May, Evil is Back. At least, that’s what the latest Diablo III TV trailer told us, and Blizzard have now let loose the form that this evil will take, and the horrors that it will unleash on your wallet.
Blizzard may want everyone thinking that the Real-Money Auction House is their way of controlling illegitimate gold-selling, taking back the market so they can easily regulate it, but they’ve also seen the chance to make a swift buck for themselves. Every successful sales transaction will come at a price, meaning Blizzard will be helping themselves to a slice of your hard-grinded cash.
There are different fees depending on if you’re selling commodities or equipment. Equipment comes with a $1 transaction fee (listed as $1 in Australia as well, with no other currencies currently listed), whereas commodities are 15% of the final sale price. If you want to use PayPal to handle your money – you can tie it to your Battle.net account which also has its own wallet feature – you’ll have to pay a 15% Transfer Fee for the privilege. There will be a number of auction houses in the game at launch to cater for different regions’ currencies, but Asia will have to wait for its Auction House system as it won’t be available from day one.