Botters will no longer be able to sell items under the new system. This is not true. Botters will be able to still sell not only individual items but accounts as well. Detractors will say that blizz will identify these accounts and ban them. Here’s why that will not work:
I’ll cover the account selling first.
Accounts can change hands with relative ease. Email address can be included in with the sale. The contact information can be edited to reflect the purchaser’s information. IP address change alone is not necessarily and indication an account has been sold. Numerous legitimate reason for IP changes happen every day, you log in from friends/family house, You move to another area or state, You change cable providers. This also assumes that Blizzard is going to monitor each and every account that has a change in IP. This would not be feasible for someone to monitor constantly with the hundreds of thousands of players that could see varying changes over a given period of time.
People say that Blizzard will request documentation like driver’s license or other id to prove account ownership. This doesn’t consider that a large portion of the player base is made of minors or people under the age of 16. People under 16 generally don’t have a lot of identification. No driver’s license however they are perfectly capable of playing the game. Blizzard knows this too and they are going to have to some kind of evidence that you are not the original purchaser of the game, not something just as simple as IP change. Beside this again assumes that blizzard is going to be able to catch every transaction like this. The reality is that while they will probably catch some they probably won’t catch most of these things happening so they will still make it into the market. Especially if extrapolated over time, even if they catch 75% of these types of transfers 25% still get through and a steady stream of 25% of them getting through will still end up being in the game. You can fill a 10 gallon bucket with water one drop at a time. Sure it takes a little more time but it will still be full.
A good example of this is WOW. Accounts changed hands and still do all the time. If they weren’t able to do it with that product what is the evidence that they will be able to do it with Diablo.
People point to hours played will be an indicator or that no one would buy an account they won’t have paragon levels. Don’t you think that the Botters will adjust to this. They will sell accounts full of legendaries at different price points. They can sell at paragon 20,40, 60 , 100 and so on. They can vary the play time on the accounts to simulate how a real player would operate. They can run a group of 4 characters and funnel str items to a barb/crus, dex items to DH and Monk, and Int items to Wiz and WD. This can all be done with variable amounts of time played to disguise the account, making the account or character desirable.
Now ill cover how single item legendarys can be sold.
Botters again are not a static entity, they will adjust and modify their behavior to reach and end goal. So people point out that single item transfers will be stamped out with BoA. Here is how a workaround for this can be achieved.
Botters will be able to sell time to characters, you will pay X amount for 1 hour of legendaries being funneled into that character. Since the BoA trade window is open to players in game it would work like this. 3 botters run the game, every legendary drop is sent to the paying player. Blizz has already said that when a legendary drops it will be broadcast via party chat to the rest of the group. The paying customer will be able to see every legendary drop and they will get every one for a set price per hour. I think it was even suggested that they may be able to trade within clans.
Botters may sell you a month subscription to a gearing service. It would work like the above but you would pay on a per month bases. This may not even be done by botters but just by entrepreneuring individuals. People would be able to join a clan for a month. You would have free access to join with groups of individuals that will run the toughest and most lucrative (item wise) parts of the game. They could sell you an all out legendary service like above or just funnel the specific items that are for your class. Str-> barb/crus Dex->DH/Monk and Int-> WD/Wiz.
There is absolutely no way to monitor this on blizzards end. With millions of players in thousands of game it would stretch there monitoring capabilities to the max and they would have to employ so many monitors that they would lose money on the game with all the new salaries they would have to pay to the monitors they would have to hire.
I see the argument that people wont risk these type of things because they are afraid to get banned or the transactions will be too risky. Has this ever been a real deterrent to stop people from doing this? People don’t think they are going to get caught, they try something and a lot of times they get away with it. Many people don’t think about the consequences of their actions until AFTER they have been caught and many will simply not care. Site like D2JSP existed because they were successful and trustworthy. There will be a site that emerges that does the same thing. Someone will build a reputation for being trustworthy and people will come. Again this is just good brand marketing. If you provide a good service people will use. If they are good enough at it they may even provide assurances, guarantees or account replacement if accounts are banned. If someone can make $$$$ of it they will find a way to do it quickly and efficiently.
So BOTTERS will figure out how the system works and will adjust to it. If there is a way to make money and there is a demand, they will always have a market for what they do. The same principal applies to illegal drugs. They are illegal, there is border security to try to catch it coming in, and it does result in some being taken out of the system but it can never catch everything. People will always figure out ways to circumvent the ways and means to catch them. The real problem: there is a demand and a supply. As long as there is a demand, someone will find a way to supply what is wanted.