The Diablo III auction house has been mired in controversy since the game launched in May 2012. Tuesday brought that chapter to close though as Blizzard officially shuttered the ability to trade in-game items for both fake and real money.
The gold and real-money auction houses was officially shutdown during the early morning hours in the United States but the auction house window will still be available in-game through June 24 so that users may retrieve any items or gold still stored there. Trading of any sort though is dead though.
The closure of the auction house follows the recent Loot 2.0 patch that completely revamped the Diablo III loot system intended to give players more meaningful items based on their characters. This updates addresses complaints since the game's launch that it was focused on players collecting loot to trade in the auction house versus players equipping their characters.
The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Diablo III launched last September without the auction house.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the first expansion to the game, is due out Tuesday, March 25.
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