It seems that the auction house in Blizzard's long-awaited action-RPG Diablo III is holding up the release of the game.
South Korea is delaying a rating on Diablo III thanks to their concern over a real-money auction house feature in the game. According to a spokesman, "Committee members are conflicted about what to do with Diablo 3 because of Blizzard’s information on the game’s “auction house” feature." The ratings board is concerned that using real money in the auction house would be essentially gambling, pointing at the “cash out” feature that allows players to convert gold into actual money.
Since Blizzard has committed itself to a simultaneous worldwide release of Diablo III, this issue will hold up the release date in all regions.
A new ratings board hearing is scheduled for the 6th January. Stay tuned.
Diablo III release held due to South Korea's concern with auction house feature
05 January 2012 | By JonahFalcon