No Revised Launch Date For Now
If any of you were thinking of giving up your day job to make a living selling in-game loot, you’d best hold onto those dreams for a little while longer. Blizzard have announced that because of recent events the Real-Money Auction House for Diablo III will miss its intended opening date of the end of the month.
In a statement posted on the US forums, it was made clear that Blizzard want to make sure the system is in the best possible shape before turning it on for players, stating that safety of players accounts was paramount.
In light of the post-launch obstacles we've encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame. As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live. While we don't have a new launch date to share just yet, we’ll have more information soon.
The post also addressed the recent news on account compromising; reiterating that only evidence of “standard methods” had been detected, where player’s login details had been entered to gain access. It was also pointed out that there had been no instances of an account with authenticator protection before a “hack” attempt being affected. Finally, the theory of “session spoofing” was described as “technically impossible” but that they would continue to investigate any possible threats to account safety. You can read the post in its entirety on the official Battle.net forums here.