Blizzard, the studio behind Diablo III, made a surprising announcement today: auction houses will be stripped from the game effective March 18th, 2014. According to the update:
When we initially designed and implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and secure system for trades. But as we’ve mentioned on different occasions, it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we’ve decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo III.
You can watch the video below for more information behind the decision.