Oops: Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.8 Introduces Duping Exploit

Diablo 3‘s Patch 1.0.8 went live yesterday. Unfortunately, the numerous improvements it brought to the game have been eclipsed by a massive exploit it introduced, one that allowed the duping of gold en masse. The resulting fallout has seen the Auction House taken down and has players concerned about the future of the game’s economy.

We’ve been following the evolution of this story closely, and according to the latest information from Blizzard, this is the current state of affairs:

  • Blizzard has fixed the bug that allowed players to duplicate gold through the Auction House.
  • The gold and real-money Auction Houses will remain offline in the Americas for the time being, and gold trades will also remain suspended. Item trades remain unaffected.
  • Blizzard is performing audits on all transactions conducted through the Auction House, as well as trades in which gold was exchanged since the launch of patch 1.0.8.
  • Blizzard is reviewing the accounts involved and dolling out temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans, as per policy.
  • There is no current ETA for when the Auction House will be brought out of maintenance or gold trades will be reactivated.
  • The Auction House will not be brought online by May 9, 10:00 a.m. PDT.
  • There will be no server roll backs.
  • Only the American server was affected.

To Roll Back, or not to Roll Back?

Before Blizzard made its decision regarding rolling back servers — ie, rewinding the clock to just before patch 1.0.8 landed, erasing all player progress made since the patch hit — the community was divided on the issue.

On one hand, players who were heavily invested into the game and its future tended to believe that sacrificing a few hours of progress to ensure that the market is not terribly damaged by the incident was the right thing to do. Others, with a mind for the casual players who don’t necessarily read forums, felt that being robbed of a great loot drop, or a great crafting roll, or that level or two of progress, would be unfair.

Community Manager Lylirra explained Blizzard’s decision to opt against a roll back, citing the company’s belief that a roll back would have a greater impact on the community than the aftershocks of the duping exploit. She wrote:

“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 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.”

Evidently, this claim calls into question just how much damage this exploit will do the the game’s economy.

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3 Comments on Oops: Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.8 Introduces Duping Exploit

Row

On May 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Players from the Hardcore mode were spared, since the duping method required usage of the RMAH. This also implies that in order to dupe, players needed to have RMAH access set up, and have over 4G gold to get started. Combined with the fact that duping was only possible in a time window outside prime time, it’s quite likely that not that many players did it (not many relative to the entire active player base).
But yeah, like Jay Wilson would say, they took their gold, and…

Kevin

On May 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

When it comes to eco exploits, even if it is just 1 or 2% of players who did it, that can have serious rammifcations on the economy if they do it on a certain scale.

Why you really need to be careful about this stuff. At least the game is mostly loot based in its economy, so that mitigates some of the damage. If it is more market based, these small exploits can destroy economies. Why Eve has gotten so good at making sure their economy runs smoothly.

Heru

On May 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

People are still playing this steaming pile?