Diablo 3 players getting the majority of their gear from AH is “a problem”, says Blizzard

Tuesday, 12th February 2013 21:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Blizzard has said the fact that most Diablo 3 players get their gear from Auction House has become “an issue.”

Speaking on the Diablo 3 forums via an “Ask a Dev” session, senior game designer Andrew Chambers said the team wants players to feel as if they “own” their gear, not that they are “renting” it.

This is another reason the team has made the new crafted items bound on account.

“We don’t really like that, for most players, all of your current gear is very likely to be something you’ve found on the Auction House,” he said. “This can create a situation where it doesn’t feel like you “own” the gear you’ve obtained; instead, it feels like you are renting it.”

“Making the new crafted items account bound was done for one very distinct reason: to give players more incentives to play the game rather than the Auction House,” added designer Travis Day. “Something we discuss frequently is how the Auction House has impacted the game and how we can refocus players away from farming the Auction House and onto farming monsters.

“Demonic Essence was made account bound to encourage players who wish to create the new items to play the game instead of simply going to the Auction House and buying all the mats necessary to mass produce the items.

“For that same reason we wanted the product of the recipes to be account bound as well. We want players to not only find or produce their own items more often but also diminish the impact the Auction House has on the game, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to take our first steps in that direction.”

The latest patch, 1.03, was rolled out today.

Thanks, PCgamesN.




  1. Erthazus

    your game is a problem.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. hives

    Huh, Blizz, really? No sh**t. No one knew that oO

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Slow clap for Blizzard eh?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. CPC_RedDawn

    The game is fun but seriously, all I have to do is play the game with one character, farm some gold, go to auction house and buy some sick new gear, then the game becomes INSANELY EASY!!!

    Why wait for cool stuff to drop when you can simply go to auction house and buy new, better stuff?

    I think the ability to buy items as say a level 20+ character and send it to a new level 1 character is simply stupid! But if I can do it I will exploit it!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    If they actually allowed us to CHOOSE the bonuses for crafted gear, the Auction House would’ve been way less important in the gear-up process.

    When all you get from spending hard earned resources is GARBAGE, you can’t do much more than go to the Auction House and invest your money (ingame or real) to purchase what you need.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Puggy

    Why does it feel like renting stuff? I bought it, I own it. Well, until Blizzard closes the servers, but if you look at it that way, everything you have from your levels to your gear is rented.

    And just so I understand, why does Blizzard care if people play their game or not? There is no monthly subscription to it. At least there was not the last time I played.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Deacon

    They killed the game with the damn AH. You’ve gotta be very strong-willed to completely avoid it.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Taizun

    They didn’t kill the game with the AH – they – partially – killed 3rd party real-money trading with the AH, at the cost of eliminating a lot of face-to-face trading in-game (How it was in D2).
    The Auction House was never the reason why I took some long breaks from D3 – and I can’t really see the big issue with AH either. My long breaks were all due to getting tired from farming gold, or because I gave up too quickly when dying a lot on Inferno.
    That changed, as they nerfed and boosted certain things – the game has become so much more enjoyable for me – a casual gamer – the kind of gamer that actually matters to Blizzard. All these hardcore players that whine every single time something change, are a minority. They don’t matter to Blizzard – the money is in the casual player who will buy the game, and stick it on the shelve, only to take it back down every now and then. That’s where the quick money is.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. overtheocean

    yes sure they killed the game with this damn AH wtf!

    #9 2 years ago

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