The Big New Thing of Diablo III has finally launched and things are already off to a ridiculous start, with someone paying over $200 for a ring. Blizzard has posted a guide and a detailed FAQ over on Battle.net to answer any and all questions that pop into your head.
Well, any sane questions.
So how to go about making profit off of your video game? First off, you need to decide if you want to use PayPal or Battle.net’s own Balance service. If the latter, you’ll need an Authenticator (or you can get the mobile one). If PayPal, you’ll have to set up an SMS-based service here. Once that’s done, you can just post up the item in the RMAH and let people fight over it with their wallets. Blizzard does take a 15 percent cut on commodities like crafting materials, gems, gold, etc. and a $1 USD cut on items, though. If using PayPal, there is a further 15 percent fee on its side.
Players can have up to 10 auctions going on at once and, once an item is in their possession, it’s free for them to do whatever they like with it – including auction it off immediately. For the Gold-based Auction House, the cut on items is 15 percent as well since there’s no real money to take.
So far, it’s already been pretty successful for everyone. Time will tell if it’s the new cash cow or just a way to make a quick buck.