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Elder Scrolls Online Guild Banks Close Thanks to Dupe Bug

A post on Reddit reveals that a "game breaking" bug has hit The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG. ZeniMax and Bethesda have responded by temporarily shutting down the guild banks on the North American and European megaservers. They also released a patch (v1.04) that addresses the issue to some degree, forcing players to stack items in their inventory first before placing them in the guild bank.

But that may not be enough to solve the issue.

According to various reports, a dupe bug was found in the online RPG, allowing players to duplicate in-game items and sell those items to vendors for money. Players have thus taken that falsely-earned money and purchased equipment and other items they previously couldn't afford. That throws the in-game economy completely off the tracks.

"It is so simple, in fact, that it is possible to do it by pure accident," reads the Reddit post. "Players in full legendary gear, billions of gold (From duping mats and selling them to vendors over and over), and so much more. Money, items, etc is completely worthless."

"Unfortunately this bug has been well known for over a week now (Actually, since launch!) and its ramifications are so bad that there may be no way to really recover without something drastic," the post continues. "I believe simply banning people isn't enough."

Just last week, ZeniMax revealed that it has already banned "thousands" of players determined to cheat.

"This is only the beginning of our ongoing efforts to keep the game free from botters, speed hackers, and gold spammers," wrote community manager Jessica Folsom. "We want to thank everyone who has sent in-game reports about these individuals in ESO—your reports helped us identify many of the accounts we banned today. Please continue to report any botters, gold spammers, and speed hackers you see in-game, and we'll continue our efforts to keep them out of Tamriel."

The question that all ESO gamers probably face is: what now? What will ZeniMax and Bethesda do to deal with all that money and ill-gained armor and other possessions? Perhaps we'll find out over the next several days.

  • knowom
    I'm sure they'll figure something out. At least it sounds as if they are being proactive about it. Besides Diablo 3 had duping right up until the auction house closed.

    Blizzard practically endorsed it and essentially all, but told players how to easily dupe 10 marquis gems over and over any time their value met a certain AH value break even point threshold.

    https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/compromised-diablo-iii-account
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  • bustapr
    banning people is not the answer for a bug bethesda failed to see. take all their stuff and gold away, but the bug was so easy to find that you cant really blame people for using it. banning people and making them lose at least $75 theyve spent on the game for your own mistake is irresponsible.
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  • dark_wizzie
    banning people is not the answer for a bug bethesda failed to see. take all their stuff and gold away, but the bug was so easy to find that you cant really blame people for using it. banning people and making them lose at least $75 theyve spent on the game for your own mistake is irresponsible.
    When you sign up for the game, you agree to follow their terms of service. Cheating doesn't even need to be in fine print. People are morons and they want to ruin the game so they can get some virtual coins short term. Stop taking away all blame from the people who actually abused the glitch.
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  • Darkk
    Terms of Service agreement gives them good excuse to boot them out of the game if they are caught cheating. In-game dupe bug issue been around MMORPG forever. I remember we had a big problem with items in Asheron's Call years ago. One time they actually had to roll back all the servers before the patch was applied so we lost a day or two worth of XPs because some players found a way to cheat and was bad enough that everything had to be rolled back. I was not happy to complete a hard quest only to lose my quest item.
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  • Zombie615
    All I have to say about this is.... I told you so. This game is doomed. Many of my friends have laughed at me for even giving it a try. I haven't opened ESO since the second day of owning it once I realized I didn't like it. All the bots in the chat, all the annoying messages from bots, I couldn't enjoy the game if I wanted to. There was no way around it. Making money was already close to impossible an to find out that people already have billions an legend armour.... wow I can't say how happy I am that I canceled my sub an don't plan on ever giving it another go.
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  • ferooxidan
    I'm happy I didn't buy the game. A completely off balance economic is one big reason why MMO is not fun to play despite being anything good. Whatever they do, the damage has been done, intentionally or not. Anyway, this bug exist from launch and not because a player made them, so I think it is not cheating. Clearly the devs fault, people just exploiting your mistake, so rather than banning and make them lose their money for the game and the initial subs free, you should just lump em together in different server or something and let them play for what they have paid; or just reset their account. Most people, if presented with shortcuts to get anything the easy way, will probably exploit it and do it anyway, be honest.
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  • Zombie615
    Honestly I probably would have done this dupe had I enjoyed the game in the first place. Though since it was already trash before this I'm glad this dupe happened. Just to strengthen my opinion on the game an to keep me from even thinking about giving it another try. As Ferooxidan said an MMO's strong point is the economy. A lot of players play for prestige (most money, best armour) its part of the drive that keeps them playing. Once that is ruined you can just kiss the game good bye or be prepared for changes that you probably won't like.... as in being banned or having accounts reset.

    Edit: And just to think.... this game is based around PVP lmao now what you going to do with a bunch of dupers running around with infinite health potions an legendary armour just smacking you around like a rag doll? well I'd quit if I were you. Tell them to make the games they were famed for..... single player rpg's jumping on the MMO bandwagon was a huge mistake as it's already a dying genre unless its Free 2 play from the get go an even than 99% of them struggle to stay afloat financially.
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  • Immaculate
    Ban players for a bug that Zeni failed to catch? They should ban themselves from releasing unfinished games. That's where the action should be taken. They almost deserve it asking $15/mo. for unfinished product.
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  • csbeer
    Jesus, lot of childish idiots responding to this. "Zeni should ban themselves"? LMAO, that's golden. Bad behavior is bad behavior, period. It's like having to scold a child.
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  • neon neophyte
    throw the book at 'em. make a hard example.
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