"The Auction House truly was a unique way of connecting millions of players together in one place and exposing all ignorance in terms of trades and pricing."
- Bot user "Cherokee Brook"
In an extensively detailed new blog post containing screenshots and game code, Bulgarian bot user "Cherokee Brook" details
how he made over €100,000 (over $133,000) in a year of exploiting Diablo III
's real money Auction House.
The company shut down
the auction house, which allowed players to sell items to each other, earlier this year.
Some players do miss
the Auction House; many characterized
it as a disaster.
At least one, apparently, was able to generate massive profits by exploiting the ignorance of fellow players. According to the blog post, "Brook" was able to use bots to complete high-speed trades, much like on the stock market -- buying items low and selling them high. He created custom searches for undervalued items and then re-sold them to other players.
The full post contains
much, much more detail. For more on Diablo III
from the Blizzard side, you can read Gamasutra's recent interview
with lead console designer Jonny Ebbert and associate producer Tiffany Wat.