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Diablo III released a few months ago, and Reddit user WishboneTheDog (not to be confused with the PBS show about a book-reading canine) claims that he has made over $10,000 using the game's auction house.
He posted a few believable screenshots, and says that he will be reporting the money on his taxes because it is income. He says he's never cheated the game or used bots or anything like that. He just really enjoys the economics of video games and finds reward in buying and selling items in any game. In Diablo III he is just able to convert that passion into actual dollars. The majority of his sales come from finding an item and selling it immediately. WishboneTheDog basically just sounds like a guy who knows what he's doing who really likes Diablo III. Clearly, it's a good combination.
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That's pretty sweet! As long as there's a market for taking the easy way out people are going to continue to make money this way. If they haven't already I expect the publisher to be selling high-end items throught it eventually...
Having real-life economics as part of a video game adds an interesting dynamic to the game that may be an enhancement to other future games. It could make games more engaging and successful, giving gamers a way to earn money. $10,000 is a huge amount of money to make playing Diablo III.
Man, more than half a year of college made right there. I should look into the auction house and Diablo III.
Well it's time to start playing Diablo 3 again