AT Diablo III since its release in 2012, there has been an auction where players can buy and sell in-game items for real money. This mechanic was criticized from the very beginning, however, despite the dissatisfaction of the players, it was removed only in 2014.
During the exhibition Portland Retro Gaming Expo Diablo III Senior Designer Jay Wilson takes part in series development panel Diablo. And there he explained the reason for the two-year delay: it was in the box with the game.
The thing is that on the boxes the presence of the auction was given in the list of features and benefits of the game. And the company’s management feared that its closure could lead to lawsuits for false advertising. So it took the legal department a long time to analyze the risks and prepare a likely defense.
Wilson assures that the auction was conceived primarily to ensure the safety of players from hackers, gold sellers and those who profit from duplicate items. And he did not bring Blizzard much income: “nothing compared to World of Warcraft».
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