Remember how Diablo III’s online requirement wasn’t DRM, but was rather instituted because the game had a persistent, global economy? Well that economy is now well and truly poked.
Apparently a new exploit has been found that allows users to duplicate their gold using the game’s Real Money Auction House. all it takes is cancelling an auction right at the moment of transaction; instant profit.
If any of you still happen to be playing Diablo III, you may notice that the RMAH is now offline.
After the release of Patch 1.0.8 this morning, we made the decision to take the gold and real-money Auction Houses offline to investigate a bug that certain players were exploiting to dupe gold. Our team is working hard to fix any outstanding issues and take appropriate actions with the accounts involved. The Auction House services will be restored as soon as the situation is resolved. As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll continue to monitor activity on Battle.net and take action as needed.
If you’ve utilised the bug to make yourself some extra virtual currency, be warned that your illicit gains will more than likely be rolled back – and you could be on the receiving end of a ban. Man, that console version is looking better and better.
Tell us again, Blizzard, how the always-on requirement would prevent cheating?
Last Updated: May 8, 2013