Diablo III Auction Houses Return

The Diablo III website announces the Diablo III auction houses are back online after an exploit allowed some players to duplicate enormous amounts of gold, though they also note that one needed billions of gold to do this, and in the end only 415 of the game's well-heeled illuminati took part in the duping. Blizzard clarifies that while they did not roll back everyone's progress, the accounts of some of the perpetrators of this game fraud have been rolled back and that accounts have been suspended or banned based on their activity. Word is that 85% of the duplicated gold has now been removed from the game, they expect to get more of it going forward, and that the proceeds of the sketchy auctions will be going to charity:
What Does That Mean for Me?

Soon after the exploit was discovered, we contemplated doing a complete rollback, as was suggested by a number of players here in the forums.

The vast majority of players did not participate in the exploit and we didn't like the idea of punishing them for the bad behavior of a few people. A rollback would mean bringing the servers down for a lengthy period and a loss of all progression since 1.0.8 was released. Many players made significant accomplishments in the game that required time and dedication, and we felt it was worth the work involved to try to preserve these efforts and go after the exploiters instead.

With this in mind, we elected not to roll back the servers in The Americas and are instead working to remove duplicated gold from the economy through targeted audits and account actions (as indicated above) without taking away progress that our players rightfully earned.

As of this this post, we have already recaptured more than 85% of the excess gold from the accounts involved, and over the days ahead we will continue to pore over our audit data to reclaim as much duplicate currency as possible. We've also done a full audit of our code to help make sure that something like this doesn't happen again.

So, What's Next?

Many people bought and sold items and gold on the Auction House on Tuesday. We're making sure that all legitimate transactions go through. This means that if your account was not involved in the exploit, you will get to keep your items and gold, as well as any money you received from sales on the real-money Auction House. We'll also be donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by the suspended or banned players—including all of THEIR sale proceeds that we intercepted as well as our transaction fee—to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.