Blizzard changes security measures in preparation for Diablo III real-money auction house

Saturday, 9 June 2012 20:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard has announced that in preparation for the launch of the Diablo III real-money auction house, it has made some changes to account-security measures required to use Balance.

In a post detailing the changes on, Blizzard said updates will be made to the Terms of Use available the website, and when the real-money auction house goes live, all players will be asked to re-read and accept the changes the next time they play Diablo III.

The firm has also made adjustments to “how players can use and access their Balance.”

“Starting today, in order to add to your Balance, players will be required to have a Authenticator or Mobile Authenticator attached to their account,” said the firm.

“For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Balance.

“Please note that players who previously added Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator. However, an Authenticator will be required to add to your balance in the future, as explained above.”

Blizzard said it realizes the addition “crates an extra step for players during the login process,” it feels the added layer of account protection will “foster a safer auction house environment,” for all players.

Still no date on when the real-money auction house will go live.