There will be an option to use real money to buy items on auction from other players in Diablo 3’s auction house. According to an article over at Joystiq.com, Blizzard has said that there will be some limitations to the offering. Most notably it will NOT work like paypal and you will have to decide on accepting the auction payments whether or not you want the cash or keep the money inside of battle.net.
There are a lot of issues to be said about this type of real money system in a game. This goes far past the RMT that is already involved in some MMOs. With the basics of those other games are you buying and selling in game currency for real money. This system allows you to use dollars, pounds, yen, pesos, etc. to buy and sell items directly. There is a middle man however. In order to obtain the money you earn through sales, you will have to immediately choose to have the money sent to you, minus a fee from the third party that Blizzard has contracted in your country.
What do you think of this? Personally, I find it a disturbing start to a possible trend to monetize these games more and more. While, I find all RMT activities a bane on the existence of MMOs and games in general, I think this is just another step to trying to curb the gold farmers that will backfire in Blizzard’s face.