It's weird to think that Blizzard announced the closure of Diablo III's real money and gold auction houses six months ago. In gaming that's a spectacularly long waiting period for a digital service to be closed, but considering some gamers had invested... heavily in the market six months was a proper and respectful timespan. Those six months have now ended and Diablo III's auction house closes today during a routine maintenance.
Any money now left in the system, part of the "Battle.net Balance" can no longer be cashed out, but luckily can be spent in Blizzard's store on a wide variety of digital junk and merchandise. Why not by yourself a World of Warcraft sparkle pony? It would serve as reminder that investing in a Diablo III auction house is a silly, silly thing to do.
With the upcoming release of Diablo III's first expansion, Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has no plans to reinstate the auction house or something similar. Reaper of Souls launches next week on March 25 for the PC, though it has also been confirmed for release on the PlayStation 4 down the line. Also make sure to check out the information on the expansion's digitial deluxe and collector's editions. Hey, there's a good way to spend any leftover Blizzard bucks.