With Blizzard finally ramping up to launch its long-promised
real-money auction house forDiablo III
this week, the company has announced that players using the new feature will need to have two-factor authentication enabled on their accounts for security purposes.
According to the game's newly updated terms of service
, players that want to add or remove money from their Battle.net account balance will first need to sign up for a free Mobile Authenticator app
on their smartphone or order a physical keychain authenticator, which can be purchased for $6.50 (plus shipping)
. These authenticators generate a unique, constantly rotating, account-linked numeric code that players enter in addition to their standard password, to ensure that only the person with the authenticator can use the associated account.
While some forum-goers have claimed their Diablo III
accounts were hacked despite their using an authenticator, Blizzard says
it has yet to receive a confirmed report of a hacked account that had an authenticator attached to it. The company says it understands the minor hassle this two-step login process will cause for auction-house users, but says the move will "help ensure that players have a positive experience when using the real-money auction house" and "help foster a safer auction house environment for all of our players."