Diablo 3 auction house back online - gold exploit fixed
Diablo 3 took down its auction house after a buggy code allowed exploiters to duplicate gold. Now that chaos has been contained, trading re-commences.
Over the weekend, Diablo 3 fans regained access to the Auction House after three days of down time. Blizzard had no choice but to shutter the item trading feature – and a notable key profit earner for the company – in order to curb the damage of a gold duplication bug that hundreds of players began exploiting.
Basically, opportunistic players abused the coding error, and were able to effectively double Gold with a few clicks of a mouse button. This of course proved disastrous to the online action rpg’s economy. Exploiters began snapping up the most expensive items on sale with their duplicated Gold, and drove down the value of Gold as an estimated trillions of the currency were created in the course of a few hours.
Blizzard has resisted rolling back the servers and has instead adopted a targeted strike approach, punishing only the 415 accounts it said exploited Diablo 3's auction house duplication bug.
Blizzard is no stranger to exploiters (its World of Warcraft MMORPG has seen several bouts of it), but this latest one has been called by critics as the one that could break the camel’s back. Still, supporters of Diablo 3 cheered at the return of the Auction House and welcomed the detailed explanation from the developer on how it solved the problem, how it is punishing the exploiters, and what they will be doing to make things running smoothly again in the world of Sanctuary.