"For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance," Blizzard explained in a forum post
"Please note that players who previously added Battle.net Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on Battle.net and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator."
Once your account balance empties this amount though, you'll need to switch to the new access system.
The aforementioned Asian server downtime was originally pinned as basic server maintenance, but Blizzard has since confirmed it was indeed to combat item dupes (as translated by Google below [sic] - thanks Blues News
First of all, we are deeply grateful to you for your patience waiting for the development team during this maintenance time in order to restore the service as a whole.
On June 10, our development team has found some error on the stored items in the database, these errors represent a very small part of the items can not be normal trading or selling. This error caused all less than 0.01% of the items have been copied, the majority of players and is not affected by this problem, but the database before removing these duplicated items, is unable to maintain stable. Therefore, we carried out the maintenance of the server, and perform the necessary operations to fix this problem. The development team is currently working to make the server able to resume service as soon as possible.
All original items and their reproductions will be removed from the database, follow-up, we will tell the exact time of maintenance completed, but currently estimated Server recovery services some time in the afternoon of June 11, 8 pm (Taiwan time).
We have also noted that part of the players during a short period of the game after the break and suffered back problems. This issue follow-up will be further instructions.Note: to restore service postponed to 20:00
The interesting thing here, as pointed out by Gaming Blend
, is item duping was one of the main reasons Blizzard adopted their always-online requirement for the game, leaving many to ponder if it was the right choice at all. It's suggested their security protocol, Warden, will continue to evolve to deal with exploits like item duping and bot farming, among many others, but offering at least a restrictive offline mode for anyone not interested in the Real-Money Auction House, or plain wanting to solo or local up their Diablo III efforts should be on Blizzard's radar. While the game obviously needs to go through patch updates for balance and feature additions, there'd arguably be a chunk of the six-million plus players out there who don't want to be locked out a play session because of lengthy server maintenance and downtime.
What are your thoughts on any or all of the above?