Here’s a related comic, that I made when Diablo III was just coming out.

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Panel 1:
Close up on Bink
Bink: Have you heard? Blizzard is closing the Diablo 3 auction houses!
Panel 2:
Bink: The fat cats at Blizz realized they couldn't compete with the black market gold-sellers!
Chloe (pointing to laptop): Actually they cited gameplay as the reason for the change.
Panel 3:
Bink: Gold selling rules! Blizzard drools!
Chloe: Either way, a fat cat comes out on top.