News on a big change to gold stacks in the RMAH in tomorrow’s scheduled maintenance.

    During tomorrow’s maintenance, we will be applying a hotfix in both the Americas and European gameplay regions, increasing the maximum stack size for gold listings on the real-money auction house from 10 million to 50 million. (The minimum price per stack will remain at $0.25, and players will still be limited to 100 stacks.) Please note that this change will only apply to gold auctions created after the hotfix has gone live; any auction posted beforehand, as well as those still active when the hotfix is implemented, will continue to be valued at 10,000,000 gold per stack.

    For those who may be curious, this change is being made to ensure that the price of gold in the real-money house remains competitive compared to third-party sites. Since one of the goals of the real-money auction house is to provide players a safe place in which to both buy and sell commodities, we want to make sure it continues to be useful and that don’t players to feel forced to use third-party sites simply because it’s cheaper. Also, for those who may be concerned, please rest assured that the bug which caused the gold dupe back in May (when we raised the stack size cap to 10 million) has been completely resolved. Even so, we will be conducting extensive testing in the live game environment during maintenance before bringing the servers up to verify that no new issues were caused as the result of raising the cap to 50 million.

    Once this hotfix is live, we’ll post an update to this thread as well as on the front page of the community site so you won’t miss out. Thanks!

    The issue is that gold purchased via third party sites is a lot cheaper than 10m for $0.25, especially after factor in the high transaction fees on Battle.net. Does this mean that you’ll soon be able to spend one dollar and get 200 million softcore gold? No, prices won’t drop that far that fast, but you’ll certainly see them change once the new valuation goes in.

    I’ve not been eyeing the softcore market much of late with my play all in Hardcore, so I’m curious how prices are going. Can any of you guys who are active in it drop some knowledge in comments? Prices in Hardcore have been dropping steadily for almost everything below the top end gear, but the changes haven’t been huge. The low end has dropped a ton; stuff that used to cost 5m is now under 1m, but higher quality stuff like good (but not great) Mempos or Ice Climbers that were 50 or 60m a couple of months ago now go for 20 or 25m. That’s not about increased gold though; that’s due to many more people playing successfully in Hardcore, which means more gear is being found and fewer people are losing characters.

    Two related points:

  • The devs recently said that no change to the top price in the GAH is imminent since the way D3’s Bnet AH code was written prevents any price much higher than 2 billion. (Trying to enable that is what caused the gold duping bug in v1.07 due to stack overflows.)
  • In our recent interview I asked about item binding and Wyatt said that they were leaning towards making items buffed by the Mystic soul bound. Which should help with valuation issues, since then everyone’s best gear would get imbued and become bound, creating some item drain from the economy.
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