Diablo 3’s Auction Houses have long been a point of contention between Blizzard and players. Thus, hearing the developers themselves claim it “hurt” the game must be vindicating for many. But as it turns out,t he game wasn;t damaged in the way most people think. The problem lies not with paying real money for items, but by paying gold.
According to Jay Wilson, at one time Diablo 3 director, “gold does much more damage than the other one does.” This happens because a much larger percentage of players than anticipated use the Auction house to get items, ruining item rewards in the long run. In fact, almost every single player uses the Auction House.
“I think we would turn it off if we could.”
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