There’s going to be some tight security in place for the Diablo 3 Auction House launch

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By now, you’ve conquered the armies of hell and have decapitated every monster possible, from zombie through to Chaos Lord Sunshine Pony, so what else is left to do in Diablo 3? Why loot all the corpses of course!

There’s gold in them there Inferno difficulty hills, and with the Diablo 3 Auction House finally nearing completion, there’s also some actual dollars to be made. But to gain access to that house, you’re going to need a little more security.

A new post up on the forums has revealed that current changes to the Terms of Use, will require players to use an Authenticator in order to log in.

Starting today, in order to add to your Balance, players will be required to have a Authenticator or Mobile Authenticator attached to their account,” Blizzard said.

For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Balance.

Please note that players who previously added Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator. However, an Authenticator will be required to add to your balance in the future, as explained above.

Blizzard is aware that the new addition “creates an extra step for players during the login process”, but that it hopes that the extra measures will “foster a safer auction house environment,” for all players. Which will most likely come from a combined sense of annoyance, once again.

For those of you who are wondering where you can get your hands on an Authenticator, a mobile phone app is available, alongside physical versions that can be found at most gaming shops. Once you have that though, you’re free to make some real world cash in the auction house.

After Blizzard takes their 15% cut. And after the obligatory Paypal fees. And don’t forget, FNB will also want a piece of that pie!

Last Updated: June 11, 2012

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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