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Diablo 3 Patch Exploit Brought NA Auction Houses Offline

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An exploit stemming from the latest patch allowed players to dupe gold in the non-money Auction House.

After Blizzard unleashed the latest patch for Diablo 3 on Tuesday (v 1.0.8), some players began to exploit a bug stemming from the update that enabled them to duplicate gold through the Auction House.

The patch itself made gold ten times cheaper by increasing the stack size for gold sales on the Auction House from 1 million to 10 million. But when clever users canceled a gold auction before the transaction completed, the bug refunded them double of the amount listed. News of the bug quickly began to spread, and players were duplicating trillions in gold. In turn, this gold rush inflated the in-game economy as the coins were used to purchase high-value items thus pushing sellers to charge higher prices.

"Blizzard dropped the gold floor from $0.25 cents a million to $0.25 cents per 10 million," wrote one NeoGAF forum member. "Enterprising players then bought gems for real money and converted them to gold. People were making billions on this. But then! A gold dupe has just been discovered with some streamers duping TRILLIONS in gold by playing around with the 2 auction houses. It is quite the mess at the moment."

Blizzard immediately shut down both the gold and real-money Auction Houses after learning of the exploit. By 10:15pm PDT, the company said it believed to have discovered a fix for the bug and would bring the game into maintenance for approximately one hour. By 12am PDT, a fix had been implemented, but the company decided not to roll back the servers to the start of the patch. Why? Essentially to identify those who used the dupe.

"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," said community manager Lylirra. "While this is a time-consuming and very detailed process, we believe it's the most appropriate choice given the circumstances."

"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," Lylirra added.

Do the Auction houses hurt Diablo 3, or make it better? Former Diablo 3 Game Director Jay Wilson votes for the former, saying the he and Blizzard originally thought they would reduce fraud and provide a wanted service for players. The Auction Houses would be used only by a small percentage of players, and prices would even limit how many items would be listed and sold.

But once Diablo 3 went live, Wilson and Blizzard discovered that they were completely wrong about the prices and usage. Nearly every single player made use of the auction house, and currently around 50-percent of the players use it regularly. They also discovered that gold does more damage than real money because players use it and prices fluctuate a greater amount.

"I think we would turn it off if we could," Wilson said. But it's not as easy as that, he added, because Blizzard has no real idea how many people like the system or hate it. Blizzard doesn't want to shut down a feature a majority of the customers are using.

As of this writing, both auction Houses here in the States were offline, whereas they're currently up and running in Europe and Asia. To check the status, head here.

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    bllue , May 8, 2013 11:07 AM
    Even after a year this game continues to come up with failures.
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    maxinexus , May 8, 2013 11:07 AM
    I can't believe that there are people who still play D3.
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    paidelemon , May 8, 2013 11:21 AM
    And this is why the real money auction house is idiotic. Blizzard cannot keep their shit together and regulate this game that involves REAL money. Now this incident made gold useless and now players will have to resort to US Dollars to buy their gear HAHAHA
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  • 13 Hide
    maxinexus , May 8, 2013 11:07 AM
    I can't believe that there are people who still play D3.
  • 17 Hide
    bllue , May 8, 2013 11:07 AM
    Even after a year this game continues to come up with failures.
  • 8 Hide
    wysir , May 8, 2013 11:14 AM
    ...and a total of 2 players and 5,000 botters were irate.
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    paidelemon , May 8, 2013 11:21 AM
    And this is why the real money auction house is idiotic. Blizzard cannot keep their shit together and regulate this game that involves REAL money. Now this incident made gold useless and now players will have to resort to US Dollars to buy their gear HAHAHA
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    paidelemon , May 8, 2013 11:22 AM
    And this is why the real money auction house is idiotic. Blizzard cannot keep their shit together and regulate this game that involves REAL money. Now this incident made gold useless and now players will have to resort to US Dollars to buy their gear HAHAHA
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    pierogi210 , May 8, 2013 11:37 AM
    Maxinexus, believe that ton of people play this game, including me. Every patch has improved the game big time. Because you don't like the game, doesn't mean everyone else has to hate it as well. People play this game because it's fun for them. I personally hate the AH but it's there and not going anywhere so most have learned to live with it. Don't be so dramatic.
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    rrbronstein , May 8, 2013 11:40 AM
    Quote:
    I can't believe that there are people who still play D3.


    I love it, its a great game. Just keep your stupid opinions to yourself.

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    techguy911 , May 8, 2013 11:49 AM
    Yes no roll back BUT ban all players using the dupe.
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    noblerabbit , May 8, 2013 11:57 AM
    Totally Rigged. Just like this game is rigged, this whole incident is all Blizzard insiders doing as intended, to keep people talking about this game, to keep the interest alive and kicking, until sadly, this pos game will still be gracing the next gen and current gen consoles later this year. If you think this bug was unintentional, you all really need to get your heads out from the sand. Grow a spine people, stop playing this corporate infused lab experiment of a game. I am most sad that the state of this game bears the name of Diablo. I mean, have you people actually seen the secret level? If that doesn't make you want to burn every Blizzard product in your house down, I don't know what you people need to learn more.
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    souleet , May 8, 2013 12:29 PM
    D3 still alive? lol..I played it for 1 month and never went back. Blizzard lost their touch :( 
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    noblerabbit , May 8, 2013 12:51 PM
    Totally Rigged. Just like this game is rigged, this whole incident is all Blizzard insiders doing as intended, to keep people talking about this game, to keep the interest alive and kicking, until sadly, this pos game will still be gracing the next gen and current gen consoles later this year. If you think this bug was unintentional, you all really need to get your heads out from the sand. Grow a spine people, stop playing this corporate infused lab experiment of a game. I am most sad that the state of this game bears the name of Diablo. I mean, have you people actually seen the secret level? If that doesn't make you want to burn every Blizzard product in your house down, I don't know what you people need to learn more.
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    wildkitten , May 8, 2013 1:40 PM
    So much for the claims that online only would make sure duping of gold would keep this from happening.
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    d_kuhn , May 8, 2013 1:42 PM
    I'm sure the majority of current players are using the auction houses because those of us who hated them (and what they did to the game) stopped playing LONG ago.
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    casemods , May 8, 2013 1:50 PM
    I only play tf2, but it's things like this that will make me NEVER ever pay real money for in game currency or "premium" items.
    I've got over 50 stranges and they were all free :) 
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    Cons29 , May 8, 2013 4:20 PM
    i dont buy pirated games anymore (for the past 3-4 years i think) and this game is the most expensive one that i regret buying.
    i'd probably enjoy torchlight 2 more, while i will get come the next sale on steam
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    crysex , May 8, 2013 4:33 PM
    I quited the game long time ago after days and nights of flipping items on the auction hall.
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    bebangs , May 8, 2013 5:07 PM
    battle.net balance is joke. fail
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    amoralman , May 8, 2013 6:08 PM
    We're patching the game. Meanwhile, go play outside, we don't want you to play right now.
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    Timmy225 , May 9, 2013 5:14 AM
    People still play that piece of trash with no LAN support.
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    cats_Paw , May 9, 2013 6:16 AM
    The only reason they dont shut down the auction house is becouse they can make money from it.
    Fluctuate prices? They have been doing that in diablo 2 for 5 years and they did not notice?
    Blizzard, if you are going to lie, do it a bit better, this is just an insult to our intelligence.
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