(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A recent glitch in Diablo 3’s real-money Auction House will end up supporting charity.
Game developer Blizzard recently announced the month, describing how the glitch occurred.
“Shortly after we released patch 1.0.8 in the Americas on Tuesday, players discovered a bug that allowed gold to be duplicated via the real-money Auction House. The bug was the result of a coding error that was exposed when we increased the gold stack size from 1 million to 10 million. This resulted in an overflow on cancelled auctions that yielded a greater amount of gold in return. Only a relatively small number of players had the billions of gold necessary to exploit the bug, and only 415 of those players chose to use this exploit for personal gain,” stated Diablo III Production Director John Hight via Battle.net forums.
To the deal with the matter, Blizzard took the Auction House offline, quickly rolling out a fix. While the company had considered a rollback that would have caused extensive downtime and wiping player progression since the last patch, thankfully, the company went in another direction.
All money earned from now suspended and banned players who took part in the exploit will go towards Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Kudos Blizzard.