Is there a light at the end of Diablo III's
auction house woes? Blizzard
is putting its best foot forward in an attempt to make it so. After a nasty gold duping exploit
and the subsequent suspension of all services
, the Diablo III
auction house is back online -- and Blizzard is looking to save face with its return.
Production Director John Hight gave a lengthy explanation
of what happened with the situation and why Blizzard responded the way it did. "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," Hight wrote. "We elected not to roll back the servers in the Americas and are instead working to remove duplicated gold from the economy through targeted audits and account actions (as indicated above) without taking away progress that our players rightfully earned."
Hight said that the studio is donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by dupers to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.