Blizzard Removed Duped Items in Diablo 3 Asian Server Downtime, Reveals Authenticator Requirement for Auction House
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:53am 12/06/12 | 28 Comments
"For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance," Blizzard explained in a forum post.
"Please note that players who previously added Battle.net Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on Battle.net and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator."
Once your account balance empties this amount though, you'll need to switch to the new access system.
The aforementioned Asian server downtime was originally pinned as basic server maintenance, but Blizzard has since confirmed it was indeed to combat item dupes (as translated by Google below [sic] - thanks Blues News)
First of all, we are deeply grateful to you for your patience waiting for the development team during this maintenance time in order to restore the service as a whole.The interesting thing here, as pointed out by Gaming Blend, is item duping was one of the main reasons Blizzard adopted their always-online requirement for the game, leaving many to ponder if it was the right choice at all. It's suggested their security protocol, Warden, will continue to evolve to deal with exploits like item duping and bot farming, among many others, but offering at least a restrictive offline mode for anyone not interested in the Real-Money Auction House, or plain wanting to solo or local up their Diablo III efforts should be on Blizzard's radar. While the game obviously needs to go through patch updates for balance and feature additions, there'd arguably be a chunk of the six-million plus players out there who don't want to be locked out a play session because of lengthy server maintenance and downtime.
What are your thoughts on any or all of the above?