While Diablo III
released weeks ago, Blizzard's
held off from launching the game's controversial real-money auction house in North America for its own reasons
. All must be good on the studio's end, however, because the auction house has gone live
in the game as of today.
Unlike the traditional in-game auction house, the real-money variant deals in actual currency (such as USD). Players can sell their hard-won goods for cash, which can then be either spent on the auction house, sent to their own personal PayPal accounts, or converted to Battle.net Balance credit.
The real-money auction house requires additional setup
if the players have not attached a PayPal or authenticator
to the account. Blizzard does take its cut, and business must be good: There are reports of items going for over $200 already