Blizzard disables Diablo III auction house after gold glitch pays out trillions

Diablo III's in-game economy goes haywire, though Blizzard says it doesn't need to rollback the servers to a pre-exploit state.

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Blizzard has temporarily disabled the Diablo III auction house after the game's recent 1.0.8 patch triggered an exploit which saw some users disrupting the game's economy by generating trillions of gold.

"After the release of Patch 1.0.8 this morning," said Blizzard on its forums, "we found that some players were exploiting a bug that enabled them to duplicate gold through the Auction House. 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."

A post on the Battle.net forums claims that one Diablo III player has amassed 371 trillion gold using the exploit.

NeoGAF user fastford58 provided an overview of the problem, saying that crafty users exploited the relationship between Diablo III's gold and real-money auction houses to rack up huge sums of in-game currency.

"It started with the new patch today. Blizzard dropped the gold floor from .25 cents a mil to .25 cents per 10 mil. 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."

Many users on Battle.net have taken to the Battle.net forums to request that Blizzard rollback their servers to before the patch was launched, which would restore all characters to their pre-patch state and wipe away the economic disruption caused by the gold exploit.

Blizzard, however, says a rollback is not necessary. "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."

Patch 1.0.8 for Diablo III was announced in April, and was primarily designed to enhance the cooperative multiplayer aspects of the game. Blizzard says over one million people play Diablo III every day.

Diablo III's decision to incorporate an auction house has remained controversial throughout the game's lifespan. Speaking at GDC in March, former game director Jay Wilson said the auction house had negatively impacted the game.

The upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Diablo III will not feature a real-money auction house.

Discussion

241 comments
Eraldus
Eraldus

"Diablo III can't get hacked or exploited" 

By: Fanatic blizzard fantard

xChaosLordx
xChaosLordx

Lol!  I still got 836 billion on my alt.  My main got banned but my alt has nearly a trillion.  I'll probably cash it out for USD asap.  I should make a couple grand at least for $836 billion, right? 

neobita
neobita

Diablo 3 got a huge exploit like this, just a few days before its anniversary? man...

l777l
l777l

More auction houses and always online for everyone.

ranbla
ranbla

They should just leave the AH disabled permanently. Jay Wilson admitted the AH was a bad idea. And I find it a bit hard to believe that 1 million people play this game, but I know there are many people in the world with, shall we say, poor brain function, so maybe it's true.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

and this is part of the reason I did NOT buy D3.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Auction house was made so people didn't use third party sites such as d2jsp.org and the item sites that spam the games, as it all happened in diablo 2....

Still..Diablo 3 sucks...lol
Diablo 2 ladder reset may 14th...you know I'm there..EHCL FTW!

Seifer24
Seifer24

yay this game becomes more discusting than actualy getting better

tightwad34
tightwad34

Could this be a bit of karma perhaps? Bad decisions tend to get justified in the long run.

goggles123456
goggles123456

I gave Diablo 3 a miss, and from what I'm hearing that was a good decision.  I played Diablo 2 for quite a while, but it always felt like it was lacking, to me.  I could never compel myself to finish up act 3, it just felt like more of the same.  And I really hated the level up system.  Something that specific just isn't for me.  I don't want to play a game so I can plan boring character builds, I just want to have fun.

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

I had fun with the game at launch, before the real money auction house came out. but once you get to inferno the game practically required it in order to finish the game. terrible decision.

valdarez
valdarez

Blizzard says over 1 million people play Diablo every day.. but we'll never see 1 million online at any one time like we did with Diablo 2 years and years after the release. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

The only hacks here are the developers at Blizzard who implemented the auction house to begin with.

wildkeny
wildkeny

Blizzard should patch the glitch by removing the auction house once and for all

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

The auction house ruined Diablo 3 for me. Worst decision Blizzard's ever done. Never going to play D3 again.

nurnberg
nurnberg

This whole RMAH is really shady to start with.  Hackers or even corrupt developers can exploit that thing.

moniso
moniso

trillions of gold? how did I miss this!

blackothh
blackothh

add another fail to add to their list

sugarboy79
sugarboy79

So, basically no one can upgrade their characters in the meantime. What a poorly designed game.

knyght1008
knyght1008

If the console version has that stupid DRM like the PC then forget it. I won't touch an always online game with a 10 foot pole.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Buy the PS3 version instead. PC version is held back by the usual hackers, botters, Chinese gold farmers, glitch exploiters, etc.

Feedbackula
Feedbackula

Is Diablo III ever going to be solid?

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@EraldusAs well as idiotic Blizzard rep/dev/lackie in defence of online requirement...

Eraldus
Eraldus

@ranbla 1 million bots, you mean... But even so, 1 million is nothing really... there are a lot of generic mindless FTP Korean MMOs out there with a much bigger player-base and the funny part is that these developers makes a lot more money than blizzard did with it's sale.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

Which is really funny considering you can trade d2jsp fg for diablo 3 igg/items...
>_<

blackothh
blackothh

@moniso i hope the answer to that questiuon is that you were playing a real dungeon crawl like torchlight2 or path of exile

TrueGB
TrueGB

@knyght1008 It does not. They've already confirmed the console versions will be offline, singleplayer games with local co-op..

KaSeRRoR
KaSeRRoR

@Feedbackula Touche! The game will NEVER be solid because of how it was made; regardless of the system. Making a Diablo game ITEM BASED ONLY (predetermined stat upgrades) will ALWAYS FAIL! It's not Diablo...

>=)

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@JustSignedUp @minty_cbo People been using D2JSP since 2003, That site ALONE is one of two reason Diablo 3 even has an auction house...other is the item sites like www.d2legit.com
(The spam you see for those websites in your chat window bottom left corner? Diablo 2 gets flooded with that ALL DAY long...)

Diablo 2's ladder reset yesterday the 14th..go look around for prices on l;adder items..you'll understand why they put a RMAH in Diablo 3...get that 15% cut.

(Odd note? D2JSP stands for Diablo 2 Java Script Parser, it was originally the website for a bot for Diablo 2 that blizzard caught wind of ..and disabled THOUSANDS of cd keys for using the bot, in the end? the owner turned his bot site into a trading site, Diablo 2 and 3 are not the only games they trade Forum Gold (FG) for in-game items/currency there, people have been using this site for a decade+ now to trade.)

FreedomPrime
FreedomPrime

@KSSuperhero @FreedomPrime then why did the recently patch the game to make it easier? when the game first came out, inferno was nearly impossible to beat without buying items from the auction house. If you disagree then clearly you didn't play the game at launch.

moniso
moniso

@blackothh 

I hope you find better things to do than commenting aimlessly....like me

RedEyedMonster8
RedEyedMonster8

@fredyellowone @brokenapples He was NOT fired, he stepped down from his position and moved onto another project within the company. I actually think it's really cute that you guys hate this game so much that you have to go around making shit up about it.

blackothh
blackothh

@TrueGB @knyght1008 quite the slap in the face for pc gamers. but on the flip side i wont touch diablo 3 if someone paid me to

RedStar
RedStar

@KSSuperhero You were doing fine until you had to go childish and say that last part. I agree with freedom however, people who wanted to beat it, lets say quicker? Bought from RMAH, others who had way to much time didn't. Be honest, how many hours have you logged into the game to beat inferno (if you even did) compared to those who used RMAH? I bet it was more than anyone should have.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@FreedomPrime @KSSuperhero Dont really know how you figure that one Ive been playing since launch and I have not spent any money other then to buy the game. Guess it depends on the player and the amount of time they are willing to invest in the game. You just like talking out your ass.