Why did they keep saying there was no secure trading system in Diablo2? If i rememebr correctly there was a window you could trade items only if both parties agreed with the check mark, he was making it look like the only way to trade, was how we transfered loot between our own characters. Dropping it on the ground and hope no one finds it / everyone leaves the game.
Blizzard is ACTUALLY trying to prevent people from gaining real life money from this...
They want people to acquire virtual money, and spend virtual money only mainly.. so it's a closed loop system..
Essentially this is quite interesting, since, you never have to spend much money for items, cos u can sell the stuff u dont need for virtual money and buy other stuff.
Well, keep in mind though, keeping money virtual should encourage players to use it more frequently (either buying something from the blizz store or the RMAH); either way, Blizz gets a cut. You never need to dip back into your wallet so long as you continue to make smart moves on the auction AND are able to absorb the Blizz fees.
As someone who works in the bond market, I find the potential here really interesting.
So they are trying to discourage players to get real money in their hands with 50 billion fee's, so that they can spent all they earn in Blizzard Store. I'd say it's a smart move for a company. I don't like it, but thats Blizz for ya.
I don't see why they would go with anyone else other than paypal.
Agreed, however, perhaps they would want to go with a company that was untouched by the 3rd party sites that infected diablo 2. Would probably be easier for them to strike a deal with such sites even though paypal would be the most obvious (and probably best) choice.