D3 Gold Exploit Rocks

The in-game economy of Diablo III is reportedly in jeopardy thanks to a glitch that appears to have made its way into the game since patch 1.0.8 went live earlier today.
The glitch apparently allows players to duplicate gold via an Auction House exploit. According to claims by several players on the Diablo III forums, some users have been able to generate billions in in-game currency within mere minutes with the simple procedure.

Blizzard has taken both the Gold and Real-Money Auction Houses offline in response to the exploit and has issued a formal response to the matter on battle.net.

“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,” reads the statement.

“Our priority is to fix any issues with the game client first—that’s what we’re working on right now. After we’ve addressed the situation, we’ll need to determine whether or not a rollback is appropriate.”

Players are advised Blizzard is currently in the process of “reviewing the accounts involved and taking appropriate actions, including temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans.”

Speaking at his GDC panel entitled Shout at the Devil: The Making of Diablo III back in March, former game director Jay Wilson conceded the controversial Real-Money Auction House hadn’t panned out the way Blizzard thought it would, admitting it was “the wrong solution” to the problems Blizzard was trying to solve and that they’d probably pull the plug if it were an easy thing to do. 

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