Diablo 3 closing auction house in 2014

The Diablo 3 auction house is being sent to the nether realm on March 18, 2014.

"It became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot," Blizzard Production Director John Hight writes. "With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo 3."

The company believes that this move, along with the upgrades in the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion, will create a "more rewarding game experience for our players."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.