Blizzard announced that the <a href="http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/">auction house of Diablo 3 will be closed</a> in March 2014. It is interesting that they consider such a major change to the game to be worthwile two years after release. Overall I think the game is better off without the AH, as "it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot", as Blizzard admits. Nevertheless there is a risk of serious fallout from this decision, as some players will feel they "invested" real money in the AH and now will lose that money. Pro tip: Don't invest in virtual items, they never last.