Diablo III gold-multiplying bug profits to go to charity

Proceeds from real money auction house glitch to go to Children's Miracle network hospitals.

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Diablo III production director John Hight announced on the Battle.net forums that all profits made by Diablo III players who exploited last week's gold-multiplying bug will be donated to charity.

All proceeds from the gold-duplicating bug will go to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

The proceeds made through the game's real money auction house by the suspended or banned players will be given to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This includes the player's sale proceeds and Blizzard's transaction fees.

As reported previously, the bug allowed players to duplicate gold from stacks of a million to 10 million via the game's real money auction house. This in turn made Blizzard shut down the auction house temporarily from May 7 until late last Friday on May 10. According to the forum post, only a few players had the funds to take advantage of the bug, with 415 of those players using the bug for personal gain. Players who were caught exploiting the bug were either been banned or had their account rolled back.

About 85 percent of the duplicate gold had been removed, according to Hight. Efforts to remove more duplicate gold from the economy are currently underway, as doing a complete rollback will bring the game's servers down and delete all player progress.

Discussion

152 comments
June-GS
June-GS

Aww, that's nice. For all of Blizzard's mistakes with D3, auction house itself included, that's really good of them to do. Very nice indeed, Blizzard.

game_more
game_more

I dont like how they banned people for using a fault they put in the game. Its like saying your going to be punished for our mistakes. Sure take away the money they made but dont ban them.

strothers101
strothers101

PC gamers  when diablo 3 was a PC exclusive "LOL dirty console masses, diablo 3 stomps on like all the console games ever ROFL DERP" , PC gamers now that it is not a PC exclusive " Pffft diablo 3 sucks anywayz, like who cares if console kids get it, its such a shat game anyway" ....

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Hail DIABLO III for glorious are the ways of its makers!

fiendless7
fiendless7

"i hate d3 i hate d3 waah waah"

 "i wish it was offline so i could play it"

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

Of course, Blizzard will keep the 15% processing fees they get on every transaction.

JustSignedUp
JustSignedUp

they ruined the diablo franchise, does any one really care about diablo 3 news?

gflegui
gflegui

boring game with boring problems. I would never buy a game from Blizzard again because of this piece of sh%$"%!

blackrunie
blackrunie

so blizzard donated virtual gold that was created through a bug to charity? how does that work?

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Now, if only Blizzard did the smart thing from the start and made D3 offline...

Imagine all the problems they could've avoided.

VelvetKevorkian
VelvetKevorkian

I keep getting reasons to hate Blizzard more & more, & then this shit happens.

fredwv
fredwv

who the hell is still playing this flaming pos?

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Wait, what... The people were using a glitch that meant they had to spend money? That is just plain derp, lol.

tomservo51
tomservo51

No mention of the amount donated? 

vadagar1
vadagar1

still missing the point blizzard ....

Sefrix
Sefrix

Extremely smart move from a business standpoint. If you can make a bad mistake as a company, earn profit from it, and then say you'll donate it to charity suddenly you look good instead of incompetent.

Lionheart8472
Lionheart8472

Are you guys serious? You really don't think these people that purposely abused the system shouldn't be banned or suspended? Did you have any idea how it worked? These people knew exactly what they were doing once they figured out the trick, and you needed a lot of gold in order to accomplish this bug.

It's not just a dupe you did on accident, and even if it was, there was no reason to dupe trillions of gold, after you repeatedly did it.

That's like saying a guy that shot somebody shouldn't be going to jail because he was given a gun when he shouldn't have had one. He still pulled the trigger, he still aimed it at a person, it was still his fault. Just because a bug is in a game, doesn't mean you have to explicitly abuse the bug.

draken2533
draken2533

banning for their broken system for in game gold just roll em back. The people that did real money should be banned and i'm wondering if charges can't be filed ><

blackothh
blackothh

No player should be banned for duping a broken system, rollback seems fine tho.

But I will say that giving money to charity is the only thing that blizzard does nowadays that I respect.


Whats interesting tho, is that they say only a hand full of players actually have gold to play with.

ZOD777
ZOD777

@game_more While I get your point, and it makes sense, we are not talking about a kill death ratio, or some other game related gain.  This was done in a real world money venue.  If you put your pin number in an ATM and select quick cash, then it suddenly keeps spitting out 20s, that doesn't make it ok to just take it because the glitch is not your fault.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@strothers101 So I guess you weren't there to see the absolutely insane amount of hate that Diablo 3 has been getting, from PC gamers, since day 1, and even months before release?

Silly fanboys and their selective memory.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@fredyellowone The article specifically states that their 15% fee from the fraudulent sales is also going to charity. Though I wouldn't expect blind D3 haters to actually bother reading beyond the headline.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@gflegui I would also add SC-2 and several wow expansions to your reasoning.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@blackrunie No, they donated real money that was made through the real money auction house, by players who exploited a bug to duplicate gold, buy items with it, then resell those items on the real money auction house. 

So no, the money they donated is real.

Saketume
Saketume

@blackrunie I was wondering that too. I think the exploit required you to use small amounts of real money. Probably some sort of buy/sell with yourself but I'm not sure exactly.

Never played the game myself.

petez34
petez34

@blackrunie haha. Their tax break will be real enough though. It's sad people still play this game, with so many better alternatives out there!

Inlex
Inlex

@Sefrix It makes them look desperate. AGAIN. THey have been doing these token charity things for a while now. But never without making a big fuss about it. 

Donating 2 mill to charity? WOW!. Thats mighty swell, when your company makes $2300,- PER MINUTE ON WoW SUBS ALONE... 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@Lionheart8472 These are probably the same people that expect to get away with the act of scamming an ATM out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Sure, realistically no ATM has that much money in it, but if they think they're going to get away with that(and even worse, if they think it's okay to do it in the first place) then they're simply deficient.

theend3r
theend3r

@Lionheart8472 Is it wrong to use the auction to gain money? Glitch <> hack. I would understand a rollback but a ban? Destroying someone's hard work for taking advantage of your stupid mistake? Yes, that's wrong, especially since this pos doesn't have an offline mode.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

@blackothh 

I disagree because the player exploited the bug to his/her advantage when they knew it was illegal to do so. So what if they spent $50.00 they knew in the long run that would get caught and what the consequences would be. In rl if you would have gone to prison for exploiting a system that you knew was flawed and you used to benefit yourself. 

As far as rolling back Blizzard is in a catch 22 situation where you are faced with flack from people who want a roll back and those who don't and Blizzard chose what they think may be best and if they can clean  up the gold that was duped there would be know need for rollback and if there was a rollback would it be fair for those that had advanced so far> In my eyes no. You can jump ship if you want that is one's choice but it is not going sink D3. However, Blizzard knew and knows the shortcoming of having auction houses in the game.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@blackothh I don't think anyone should be banned for this. It was blizzards fault it happened. People exploited it, that's human nature, if you find a shortcut take it.

On another note, I have around 150 million gold. Not sure what blizzard calls "Play with gold"

AzatiS
AzatiS

@the_bi99man 

Another fanboy i assume .... Diablo 3 was getting HATE BEFORE RELEASE ?

What the heck you talking about ? 

Thats why diablo 3 was the most googled game in 2012 ? Thats why game it sold 13Millions? Thats why game made record sales? Because everyone hated diablo 3 , right?

Let me tell you this. Diablo 3 failed. Out of 13M players only 1M left and thats because it FAILED... ITS NOT hate it that Diablo 3 DIDNT DELIVER... you like it or not those are the facts... Now please.

blackrunie
blackrunie

@Saketume @blackrunie 

still wondering, does the difference come out of Blizzard's pocket? i can't imagine they've found a source of infinite real life money that doesn't have an effect on the value of the currency.

AnTharesTM
AnTharesTM

@DaBigTickett @KamuiFei  Blizz ALWAYS have adopted the "milking cow" business model. To greedy to imo. we should punish them for destrying WoW and Diblo ips buy not buying any of their games 

AshTrai
AshTrai

@Inlex I dare u to find a single American that donates non-trivial sums to charity and doesn't boast about it to everyone they can. It's just part of their culture.

Lionheart8472
Lionheart8472

@theend3r Oh I'm sorry, I didn't know putting up billions of gold, and taking it off, then putting it up again was such hard work. It's in their TOS that you do not abuse bugs and you report them instead.

You violate their TOS, you get the ban hammer. Blizzard said about 450 or so people abused this bug. There are still over a million unique players that log into their game every month. I guess they are the only ones still with a brain.

keech
keech

@x-TwilighT-x @blackothh Yeah no, here in reality you get arrested for doing stuff like that with real money.  Given that real money WAS used in this bug, these people should be thankful Blizzard didn't report to the proper authorities and only banned them from a video game.

Cypress131
Cypress131

@x-TwilighT-x @blackothh 
"
if you find a shortcut take it."

^This is the ideal that I dislike the most in the world lately. How about actually earning something? So many people want shortcuts. 

Take weight-loss for example. So many people try all these crazy weight-loss techniques or pills, when they could just eat less and exercise more. But that's "hard", apparently.

If you want something, then earn it. Don't cheat or take shortcuts or cut corners. 

Lhomity
Lhomity

@x-TwilighT-x @blackothh By your definition: if you find an armored car in the street with the doors open, you should take it. If you find a woman's purse left on a movie theater seat, you should take it. If you're at a party and find an unconscious 15 year old girl alone in a room... Because, lol that's human nature.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@AzatiS Actually, I'm one of those many who stopped playing it after only a couple months. I agree. It's crap. Still though, it was getting massive hate from the moment they announced always-online and real money auction house. So yeah, months before release. Obviously, it still sold millions and was being talked about because it was freaking Diablo. My response was directed at the dumbass fanboy who thinks that PC gamers are just now deciding that it's crap, and only because it's coming to consoles. THAT is fanboy nonsense, and is simply not true.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@keech Do you actually know how it happened? "Proper authorities" ? For what? For players canceling sales and profiting from a blizzard glitch? Blizzard made money from the ordeal, nothing was lost, or stolen from them. Unless you account for AH downtime. Which they've had plenty of by their own faults.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@x-TwilighT-x @Cypress131 This isn't like using the W-item trick in Final Fantasy VII. 

The actions of those banned D3 players also affected other players - many of whom spent money on a game and its online services they expect will be fair and reasonably "balanced". Diablo 3 is an online game (much to the disgust of some Diablo series fans), and a small number of players impacting the experience for the majority is a problem that most players expect companies like Blizzard to fix. 

When the actions of cheaters in a video game affect the experience for other players it becomes real life. After all, those are real people being affected, and real people have real money. If Blizzard does nothing and allows the exploit to completely ruin the in-game economy, they risk losing "legit" players, and that ultimately damages their brand and their revenue. These are "real life" issues.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@Cypress131 We're not actually talking about real life here. Not sure if you realize that? It's true though.

Games since the birth of gaming have been designed with shortcuts.

Racing games have shorter paths to take from point A to B

Almost all games have some form of cheat codes.

Most of which are used. If you have a problem losing weight though, I suggest the gym instead of making moot points of which have zero relation.

Ghidoran
Ghidoran

@x-TwilighT-x @Lhomity @blackothh You realize they made real money on this, right? Not to mention ruining an in-game economy is actually a big deal to players that invest a lot of their time and money on it..

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@Lhomity @x-TwilighT-x @blackothhApples and Oranges. If you can't see the difference I am not sure I can effectively explain it to you.

First we're not talking about real life, also not talking about something that could, in any situation put anyone in any physical danger.Second Blizzard didn't lose money from this, in fact, they saw profit.Third everyone, who ever played baldurs gate on the ps2, and knew about the exploit duplicated items, and / or gold. Everyone.Finally the points you're making here are unscrupulous. Duplicating fake gold and effecting an in game economy may be a pain in the ass but actually harms nobody.