The in-game economy of Diablo 3 has been destabilised by a recent glitch that reportedly made its way into the most recent patch, allowing players to duplicate their gold income via an Auction House exploit. The discovery was made by various members on the Diablo 3 forums
after patch 1.08 went live earlier today, which appears to have allowed users to generate in-game currency with a simple procedure.
Blizzard has said little on the matter officially, however players are reporting several bans being dealt to those abusing the exploit, including a notable Twitch video-streaming player by the name of Inigo
. Those who have purchased items on the Real Money Auction House are also starting to receive refunds, with the entire Auction House system seemingly having been taken down in response to the glitch.
It is unclear whether a rollback of the servers will be implemented to fix the issue, which might be necessary if the game's economy has become too destabilised by the unexpected activity.
Update: Blizzard has now issued a formal Q&A response to the matter. Here are the particulars in regard to a potential rollback and account bans:
Q. Will there be a rollback?
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. We know this is an important issue for all of our players, so we’ll be sure keep you informed of what's happening and will provide any updates in this thread, as well.
Q. Will players be banned for using this dupe?
We're currently in the process of reviewing the accounts involved and taking appropriate actions, including temporary locks, suspensions, and/or bans. Our exploitation policy for Diablo III can be found here, which should give you an overview of the kinds of activities that are and aren’t cool within the game.
More details over on battle.net