WishboneTheDog, managed to make more than $10,000 using the real money auction house in Blizzards’ Diablo III. He has even posted a Reddit AMA showcasing his work.
He claims that it’s all completely legit and earned his cash by diving into the games economics. He mentions that he has been enjoying playing around with item markets in other games such as Neopets for years and used many of the same techniques.
Making the move towards the use of real money in video games has been a controversial subject and it still remains to be seen how well these types of gaming features stand up to the test of time. Many players however have embraced the idea of spending hard earned cash for video game progression. Don’t forget about the many apps we use on our mobile devices that ask for cash in order to gain levels or grab special items to move past all of your friends and level up.
As long as gamers are not being punished for not wanting to participate with real money then I don’t see why these features can’t exist. We already spend a lot of money on our favorite games to begin with.