Use Diablo 3 farming strategies to make money
My interest in the financial side of virtual economies got started with the launch of Star Wars Galaxies and the near perfect crafting system of that game. The crafting game got me hooked, and kept me hooked for a a while and you could actually make a decent living grinding credits and selling them. Then the NGE came and everything went to hell. That is when I sold my account and moved on, and since then I have played every major MMO, and I plan to make Diablo 3 my next online game.
With Diablo 3 having a real money auction house, it is possible to make money gaming by using official non-grey market channels. We won’t know how much until a while after launch, since the market will be very unstable the first few months. In this period, you are better off working on your characters and getting them to max level.
It is my hope, that Blizzard will be competent enough to clamp down on botters and dupers, so the economy will be stable and reflect people getting paid for the time…not people getting paid for knowing exploits. Since Blizzard will be making most of their money long term off of Diablo 3 via the real money auction house, they will protect their customer base, and dupers at least shouldn’t be a problem. Botting is another matter, just look at WoW.
Furthermore, I hope Blizzard will be able to properly regionalize servers, so North American and Euro servers won’t get flooded by Chinese farmers, working in sweatshop conditions.
At gamelaunch, and until the economy stabilizes, I will focus mostly on leveling. As more and more of the playerbase reach endcap, this site will have:
- Guides to leveling: You make the most money at max level, so get there the fastest.
- Guides to getting the most out of the Auction House: There will be transaction fees on the Auction House. Get the most out of your trades.
- Weekly guides to what’s moving on the Auction House: Virtual economies aren’t very stable and hot items move in and out of style. I’ll data mine the Auction House and find what’s moving.
- Arbitrage opportunities: There is a free flow of goods between real money auction house and in-game gold auction house. If there is an inconsistency between these prices, you will make money!
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