Diablo 3 exploit leads to gold explosion, real-money auction house downtime
The real-money auction house has been something of an interesting experiment for Diablo 3, and was claimed to be a large reason that the game required a constant connection to the home servers. If people are buying and selling items for real money, Blizzard needed to be in total control of the game. Of course, as Jurassic Park proved, that level of control is often an illusion.
“After the release of Patch 1.0.8 this morning, we found that some players were exploiting a bug that enabled them to duplicate gold through the Auction House,” community manager Lylirra wrote in an update. “We're working on fixing the bug right now, and bringing the Auction Houses offline helps us troubleshoot in a more stable environment while preventing further exploiting.”
It's not worth going over how the exploit was accomplished, but the economy was more or less wrecked in short order.
“We've been able to successfully identify players who duplicated gold by using this specific bug, and are focusing on these accounts to make corrections. While this is a time-consuming and very detailed process, we believe it's the most appropriate choice given the circumstances,” Lylirra wrote. “We know that some of you may disagree, but we feel that performing a full roll back would impact the community in an even greater way, as it would require significant downtime as well as revert the progress legitimate players have made since patch 1.0.8 was released this morning.”