Diablo 3: account compromise less likely in Auction House territories

Thursday, 22nd August 2013 05:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard believes Diablo 3′s oft-derided Auction House reduces the risk of account compromises.

“The auction house is a really complicated issue. Like it or not our players, or some of our players, attribute real world value to the items. So [if you don’t have an] item auction house, you’re going to see a lot of account compromises,” Diablo 3 director Josh Mosqueira told PCGamesN at gamescom.

“In fact in the territories where we do not have an auction house, the ratio of account compromises is [higher] than the rest of the world. So the primary [idea] of the auction house is definitely making sure that players can trade without worrying that [their accounts] will get compromised.”

That’s not to say the system is entirely safe; the most determined hackers can get anywhere, including World of Warcraft’s auction house.

Former director Jay Wilson once said that he’d take the Auction House out if he could, something one of the original designers agrees with.



  1. sithsylar

    Give me a B… give me a U…. give me a L and another L followed by a S and a H give me a I and end it with a T. Just another excuse for drm and lag outside of america…

    Looks like i will be sticking to what i said years ago blizzard won’t get anymore of my money. Thankfully torchlight 2 is a better game that kept me company.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. MFBB

    I know I will be disappointed with that.

    They are going to sell it for the full price I guess.

    Offering me 1 new character, 1 Act which will most likely only be a few hours long.

    They should really sell this as AddOn for 14-19€ or so.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. TheWulf

    I’m not surprised that they’re spewing utter nonsense about this as damage control, to be honest. Let’s look at a fact: There’s been no account losses in Torchlight II. Why? Anything you lose you can quickly get back via mods, so there’s no point in doing it. You can’t sell something to someone.

    What makes an account worth stealing? The utter bloody nonsense that is artificial scarcity. Blizzard are good at using this, and stupid people fall for it all the time. All the time.

    1.) You take item X.

    2.) You give item X a purple border.

    3.) You give item X a unique set of visuals.

    4.) You give item X a set of stats designed to break the game (patches may come later).

    5.) You put item X behind a wall that equates to half a year’s worth of solid grind.

    Which then leads to:

    6.) Someone hacks an account to steal item X.

    7.) They offer to sell item X for a large amount of real world money, because item X is ‘scarce.’

    8.) Some imbecile pays a large amount of money for item X.

    9.) Imbecile gets banned.

    10.) The person who spent a good chunk of their life getting item X is screwed.

    And this, dear friends, is why I don’t play Blizzard games. Artificial scarcity is always nonsense, and it always leads to this. It creates problems that just don’t exist in other games. This issue doesn’t exist in Torchlight because there isn’t a single item that has a forced artificial scarcity-border attached to it.

    Here’s the fun thing: Why are items with artificial scarcity even a thing? To drive business to the auction house, of course!

    I’d say that people aren’t stupid enough to actually fall for this much longer, and they’ll figure this out on themselves, but sometimes I worry and I think maybe I’m not so sure. One of the things I encourage people to do is to be self-determining, self-aware, and to actually think about things rather than just being mindless, endlessly consuming zombies who never stop to consider anything.

    And I’m completely serious about this. Hopefully why artificial scarcity in a game is BS should be obvious — as it should be obvious why it’s bad design, as it should be obvious why it leads to account stealing.


    #3 1 year ago
  4. jamesx

    Places where AH doesn’t exist also has higher human rights violations…

    So the Diablo AH stops Human Rights Violations!!!

    Classic example of correlation is not causation.

    #4 1 year ago

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