The team at Blizzard working on Diablo III says that it has managed to identify 415 accounts that took advantage of the gold exploit linked to the Auction House introduced by patch 1.0.8, with all the profits created set to be donated to charitable causes.
John Hight, a production director working at the company, says on the official forums that his team initially considered implementing a complete rollback to deal with the gold multiplying bug, but decided against it because it would have affected players who were not taking advantage of it.
He states, “As of this this post, we have already recaptured more than 85% of the excess gold from the accounts involved, and over the days ahead we will continue to pore over our audit data to reclaim as much duplicate currency as possible.”
All the 415 gamers that took advantage of the Diablo III Auction House bug have had their accounts locked.
Hight adds, “We’ll also be donating all proceeds from auctions conducted by the suspended or banned players – including all of their sale proceeds that we intercepted as well as our transaction fee – to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”
Gamers who used the Auction House feature in good faith will be able to see their transactions go through with no issues.
The developer says that all those who notice any bugs or problems with the feature should report them to Blizzard as quickly as possible.
Last week, the development team delivered the long-awaited patch 1.0.8, which is set to improve almost all aspects of Diablo III and eliminate a number of issues that the community reported.
Blizzard will continue to work to improve the game mechanics and the action role-playing game is at the moment also planned for the fall launch on the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 from Sony.