The Diablo III
the Diablo III
auction houses are back online after
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:
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
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