With recent reports and interviews regarding different methods of duping and the bot market, Blizzard has formally addressed concerns and have released an official statement on the subject. The promise is that bans will be out… “soon(tm).”

    Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard games very seriously, and that’s no different for Diablo® III. If a Diablo III player is found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in any form, then as outlined in the Diablo III end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game. This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net® to play Diablo III with his or her account.

    Playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future.

    With the RMAH approaching within the next 24 (48?) hours (according to the in-game message), it is certainly in Blizzard’s interest to ensure that the economy is not plagued by inflation/stagflation that is caused by the rampant botting and exploitative play we’ve been witnessing. Many have voiced their opinions that it will be an inevitability. The economy rests on a balance of gold sinks, gold generation, and the average accumulation of items that are worth buying. Bots effectively undermine the nice charts DiabloWikiWyatt Cheng has in his office, and the repercussions could resonate through the future of game.

    What are your thoughts on the current state of the economy? Do you have faith in Blizzard’s ability to negate the negative affects of the farmers? Since botters claim to be using an “undetectable” method, it makes me wonder how thorough this first sweep will be. If we look at Blizzard’s most recent titles/expansion, the future of the economy seems rather grim.

    UPDATE: I’ve been getting comments saying people didn’t know that the RMAH was coming in the next day or so. According to the in-game message, the date has been set for the 12th for some time. This, along with the recent RMAH message posted early today on the official boards, it would certainly lead us to believe it will be this week (if not tomorrow).

    Full RMAH post below the fold.

    Region Auction Houses and Global Play

    As we’ve stated before, players will only have access to the real-money auction house while playing in their home game region (The Americas, Europe, or Asia), and characters created outside of your home region will not be able to buy, sell, or use items from any real-money auction house. Your home game region, along with which real-money auction houses you have access to, are determined by the country of residence registered to your Battle.net account. By default, Battle.net will automatically determine the most appropriate real-money auction house for you, but players in some regions may be able to access auction houses for additional currencies in their region via the in-game Options menu.

    If you intend to use either Battle.net Balance or PayPal to buy and sell items on the Diablo® III real-money auction house, there are a few important security measures you’ll need to have in place in order to access certain auction house features. We highly recommend that you set up your Battle.net Balance or PayPal account ahead of time, so you’ll be ready to use the real-money auction house once it’s live.

    • Battle.net Balance: Players who wish to use Battle.net Balance to buy and sell items will need to attach a physical Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app (free for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android) to their Battle.net account. Specifically, an Authenticator is required in order to charge up your Battle.net Balance through Battle.net account management or to select Battle.net Balance as the destination for your auction proceeds.
    • PayPal: Players who wish to use PayPal (only available in certain regions/currencies) to buy items or receive the proceeds of their auctions will need to sign up for our Battle.net SMS Protect service. With Battle.net SMS Protect, you’ll occasionally receive a text message on your mobile phone when making PayPal-related transactions; this message contains a code that you must then enter to proceed with your transaction.

    Even if you don’t plan on using the real-money auction house, we still encourage everyone to consider adding these extra layers of protection on their Battle.net account.

    Note: Please keep in mind that players will be able to purchase items on the real-money auction house with other forms of payment, including major credit cards, that do not require the use of an Authenticator or Battle.net SMS Protect. Additional payment options are listed here. If you wish to sell items, however, and receive the proceeds of those sales, you will need to use either Battle.net Balance or PayPal.

    In preparation for the launch of the real-money auction house, we wanted to take a moment to remind players of some important information regarding how the auction house will work and what to expect when using it once it’s available in your region.

    • Account Security and Using the Real-Money Auction House
    • Region Auction Houses and Global Play
    • Item Delivery and “Processing” Purchases
    • Commodities on the Real-Money Auction House

    To learn more about the auction house system (including how to select your currency), check out the comprehensive Auction House Guide and Auction House FAQ.

    Commodities on the Real-Money Auction House

    As we prepare to launch the real-money auction house, we want to make sure that commodity trading (recently re-enabled in the gold auction house) remains quick, stable, and reliable. To that end, it’s possible that the real-money auction house will launch with equipment trading only (i.e. weapons, armor, and other such gear) and commodities would come online at a later date. The team is hard at work getting commodities ready for trading in the real-world auction house, and in the event it doesn’t launch with the real-money auction house, our goal is to activate this feature as soon as is feasible.

    Item Delivery and “Processing” Purchases

    Occasionally, players may have to wait for a period of time before an item they purchased in the real-money auction house arrives in their “Completed” tab. While we expect the majority of real-money auction house purchases to be delivered to buyers immediately, in some circumstances, we will need to hold items for delivery while we conduct a review of the transaction. Held items will show as “Processing” until the review is complete.

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