Soon Blizzard will launch the real-money auction house (or RMAH) for Diablo 3, allowing players to spend cash on in-game items. To make sure that the service is as secure as possible, players will need to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to use it.
The authenticator generates a string of randomized digits. The player must then enter these digits in order to log into the game. While no security measure is completely fool-proof, the authenticator does make your account significantly safer. Considering the keychain version costs just a few bucks to buy and the mobile version is free, it's to get one even if you're not planning to use the real-money auction house.
I'll admit that the notion of a company requiring you to get a separate security device for their game is peculiar. It's a bit like a parking garage selling you an alarm system before you can store your car there. However, I'm not really sure what a better solution would be. Angrily insist that Blizzard make their game immune to every conceivable form of hacking? Considering the fact that real money will be changing hands in this new auction house, I'd rather that the company errs on the side of caution.
Starting today, you won't be able to add money to your Battle.net Balance without an authenticator. You could bypass the requirement by using your existing balance to make purchases on the RMAH. However, you'll need an authenticator to send your RMAH profits back to your Battle.net Balance - a necessary step for converting these proceeds into actual money.
The RMAH is scheduled to launch on June 12th. Blizzard originally planned to release the service a week after D3's debut. However, they decided to postpone the launch so they could focus on stablizing the game servers.
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