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Diablo III's trade system might head for StarCraft II to sell maps?
Posted: 04.08.2011 11:37 by Simon Priest Comments: 6
The idea has been floated at an investors conference call by Activision that the back-end technology for Diablo III's trade system could head to StarCraft II.

Real money could be exchanged for user made map content, as opposed to cash for items in Diablo III's auction house. Blizzard says this fights the black market.


Blizzard executive VP Rob Pardo said they introduced the real money auction house in Diablo III because the game would inevitably spawn a black market trade, whereas an official channel to make these trades provides security for gamers.

Do you see StarCraft II as an industry powerhouse of custom made maps?
Source: CVG
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By Kiam99 (SI Veteran Member) on Aug 04, 2011
Kiam99
It just sucks that it cost to set items on the auction house plus you take a cut of what cash we get for them item :/

But if I look at it from their side...it cost money to maintain the safety on the auction house and the servers to the game. So I can see way...just don't like it since I hoped to earn some money on it hehe :P
By MindCoil (SI Veteran Member) on Aug 05, 2011
MindCoil
Blizzard has jumped off the edge. They are no longer the game company you knew and loved. I feel them to be more money grubbing than ever.

Diablo 3 - Real Money Auction House.
No real point in having it besides them making extra money at players gaming experience. A gold only Auction House would fix many issues. They just need to making gold more valuable by adding useful ways to use it.

WoW - High priced pets/mounts/character changes.
Some games offer character changes for free, or a much lower price. ($10.00 to change your server or $25 for a mount is absurd.)

Starcraft 2 - Buying Maps. I can't comment really on it yet, because not all could be charged for... Right?
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 05, 2011
nocutius
Well WC3/SC2 maps are a bit different since they are basically complete mods. This way if you were to create a map as popular as Dota you'd actually make a lot of money so it makes sense in a way. But that also means less free maps for us. But I still don't see a black market for maps anywhere.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Aug 08, 2011
PowerJack
Well I mostly play offline so don't really care.
By fredyzg (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2011
fredyzg
Greedy bastards! No MP for me :ยด(