GAMES COMPANY Blizzard is removing the virtual gold and real money auction house from hack and slash game Diablo 3.
The firm had added the auction house as a place for gamers to trade and make money. It took a cut from real world trades, and claimed that the system had many benefits.
However, its days are over and Blizzard said that it will cancel it so people can go back to actually playing the game.
"We are writing tell you about an important change to Diablo III: we're going to be removing the gold and real-money auction house system from the game," said the firm in an email to players..
"When we initially designed and implemented the auction house system, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But after much review and player feedback, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the [auction house] system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot."
The auction feature is now winding down and the firm said that it is working out how to end it. It said it expects to keep the auction operation running until next March.
"We're working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down, but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give everyone as much advance notice as possible," it said. "Please note that the final shutdown will occur on March 18, 2014."
Gamers have put down their swords and thrown up their arms about this, and many have expressed disapproval in the comments under Blizzard's explanatory post.
"That is the biggest scam of blizzard!!! When you were selling the game you made that a feature of the game, and some people bought it because of that, or perhaps for some that feature was the deciding element for buying the game... everyone knew that [the auction house] is in the game because it was advertised from the start and now you remove it," said one.
"Bad call bad call... GAH is the only reason why I am still semi interested in this game. Playing the game itself became so freaking repetitive and boring, being able to trade items easily without the worry of being scammed is the only fun that is left of this game for me," added another.
"Please at least keep the GAH going, otherwise there is no way, I repeat, no way regular player like me who have a day job be able to find a series of super rare items to do interesting builds." µ
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