Blizzard delays Diablo III real money auction house

Blizzard has delayed the launch of the real-money auction house in Diablo III and has apologised for its lack of preparations which led to error messages and many gamers being unable to play.

Blizzard has delayed the launch of the real-money auction house in Diablo III and has apologised for its lack of preparations which led to error messages and many gamers being unable to play.

 
"In order to make sure everything is continuing to run as it should, we've decided to move out our target launch for the real-money auction house beyond our original estimated date of May 22," the company said in a statement posted by community manager Bashiok, infamous for telling players to lower their expectations of the game.
 
Blizzard has not revealed a new date for the auction house, but that is not surprising, as it has a lot on its plate with game errors and disgruntled players.
 
 Blizzard delays Diablo III real money auction house
 
“As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within hours after the game's launch led to players experiencing error messages and difficulty logging in,” the company said. “These issues cropped up again last night for the Americas and Europe servers. Despite very aggressive projections, our preparations for the launch of the game did not go far enough.”
 
Blizzard expressed “regret” over the situation, apologised for the difficulties faced, and thanked players for their patience – as if they had any choice when faced with the dreaded Error #37.
 
The company said it is constantly monitoring performance of servers and has applied a number of optimisations to deal with the “Zerg rush” (sorry, wrong game). It has also identified an issue with achievements not being earned or saved, which it said it is investigating further and will provide an update on soon.
 
All of this will do little to appease upset fans, but at least the game was not delayed until next year.