New Diablo III Update Introduces Economy Wrecking Glitch, Blizzard Suspends Auction Houses

May 8, 2013 -

The new Diablo III update has caused the game's in-game economy to go a little bit crazy after some enterprising (unscrupulous?) players found and exploited a gold duping bug. The problems with the game's economy forced Blizzard to shut down the game's auction house temporarily. According to some reports, the problems with the patch have enabled some players to generate "trillions" in gold. One post in the Battle.net forums claims that a user managed to amass a whopping 371 trillion gold using the exploit.

"After the release of Patch 1.0.8 this morning we found that some players were exploiting a bug that enabled them to duplicate gold through the Auction House," Blizzard wrote on the Battle.net forums. "We're working on fixing the bug right now, and bringing the Auction Houses offline helps us troubleshoot in a more stable environment while preventing further exploiting."

Some users have asked Blizzard to roll back the servers to before the patch launched to deal with the problem, but Blizzard says that such a move is not necessary:

"At this time (and after careful consideration), we've decided to not move forward with rolling back the servers. We feel that this is the best course of action given the nature of the dupe, how relatively few players used it, and the fact that its effects were fairly limited within the region. 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. 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."

We'll have more on this story as it develops, but it sounds like players who exploited the glitch may be in for some trouble..

Source: Battle.net forums


Comments

Re: New Diablo III Update Introduces Economy Wrecking ...

If they work just a little harder, then Diablo 3 might be almost ready for release!

(Embittered D3 preorder customer snark)

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Re: New Diablo III Update Introduces Economy Wrecking ...

Bliz really needs to step up their debugging game with Diablo. This comes right on the heels of letting through a leveling glitch that multiple players reported on the PTR. I wonder how many people they actually have working to debug it... It doesn't take in any monthly fees, so the only continuing profit stream is fees from the Real Money Auction House and new purchases. I suspect their team isn't all that large, and rather than slow down the update schedule to compensate, they've let quality take a hit.

Re: New Diablo III Update Introduces Economy Wrecking ...

Over the years Blizzard seem to have taken an incredibly lax approach to internal testing. Hell, even external testing seems to be pointless nowadays.

Their philosophy now seems to be "Get it working, release it and then we'll work on it live." Because that's so much more efficient!

Heaps of bugs get reported on the PTR. Hardly any of them get fixed before the patch goes live.

 
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