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Diablo III auction houses taken offline due to gold bug

2:00 PM on 05.08.2013 // Jordan Devore

That escalated quickly

Following the release of patch 1.0.8 for Diablo III, a bug that allowed players to duplicate gold through the auction house was discovered. And, naturally, some folks ran with the exploit. The auction houses were taken offline while Blizzard worked on a fix, which has since been implemented. Curiously, the company will not be rolling back servers.

"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," wrote community manager Lylirra. "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. 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."

What will come of players who used the exploit is not entirely clear. "We're currently in the process of reviewing the accounts involved and taking appropriate actions, including temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans," said the community manager.

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