If you are just catching up with things on Diablo III, there was a recent update that contained a small bug that brought the auction house and in-game currency crashing through the floor. Now trading can begin again after a few patches from Blizzard.
It seems that the Diablo III auction house bug has been fixed. If you are curious about what happend to Diablo III over this past week, the game’s production director confirmed the dealings in an open-letter this morning stating:
“Shortly after we released patch 1.0.8 in the Americas on Tuesday, players discovered a bug that allowed gold to be duplicated via the real-money Auction House. The bug was the result of a coding error that was exposed when we increased the gold stack size from 1 million to 10 million. This resulted in an overflow on cancelled auctions that yielded a greater amount of gold in return. Only a relatively small number of players had the billions of gold necessary to exploit the bug, and only 415 of those players chose to use this exploit for personal gain”.
Many players were hoping for a roll-back of the auction house, but because Blizzard knew that players would lose items by doing so and they ultimately decided against it. There is a silver lining in a small way. Hight, “We’ll 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.” You can check out the official letter to players on Blizzard’s site below.
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