Blizzard announced that they are working on implementing functionality to use the auction house on the wowarmory.com page.
They state that it has been a long asked for feature to allow players to access the auction house via a website.
While I am excited as this may open up access to a whole bunch of juicy auction house stats and data to spot trends and parse through, I am worried about one big thing:
“It’s important to note here that certain elements of the service will be premium-based” – Before I get too worried about that statement I will await their announcement of what exact “elements” will cost extra money here, but Blizzard has always stood by their notion that micro- transactions will not give players an advantage over ones who just pay the regular monthly subscription.
However for players who are serious about making lots of gold it will almost be essential as a part of their market research to analyze data that may not be available to them for free.
So when they say this will bring auction house functionality on the web, what does this mean? Will you be able to purchase items? post items?
Another big worry of mine is this could open up a whole other can of worms in the terms of web based addons/applications that can be created for gold farmers and exploiters to “bot” the auction house with those tools and basically ruin the economy for anyone else who doesn’t have these, just like it is pretty much a requirement to have Quick Auctions 3 to get any glyph sales to cancel/repost in reasonable time.
I’ll be on the look out for any news regarding this manner, but it is something I am very anxious about as it could have a big impact on the gold making aspect of the game.