Blizzard introduced patch 1.0.8 to Diablo 3’s US-based servers yesterday, including a significant bug that was subsequently exploited by a number of players. The bug, which increased stacks of gold purchased from the real-money auction house from quantities of 1 million to 10 million. Additionally, players could cancel any auction and have their posting fee refunded at double the amount paid. Word of the exploit spread quickly, resulting in a substantially inflated economy within a few hours following the patch’s release.
Blizzard shut down the auction house last night and began working on a fix. Diablo 3 community manager Lylirra announced via the game’s official forums that the company has chosen not to rollback the servers, stating, “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.”
Players who participated in the exploitation of the duplication bug will be appropriately addressed, receiving “temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans.”
As of this writing, Blizzard have developed a fix for the issue and are testing it before bringing the auction house back online. There is currently no ETA on when the auction house will be made available.