Diablo 3 Economy Obliterated in Latest Exploit? Bans All Around


Diablo 3 is a game that could have achieved the greatness of its predecessors but due to many launch day problems and post launch issues the game never really got the acclaim that the fans believed they deserved. The biggest complaint being the always online making the game a challenge to play and of course was also a deal breaker to many gamers but it appears that the latest bug may have spelled imminent doom for the game as a new exploit allowed thousands if not more players to duplicate millions in gold, buy out the auction house and completely crash the in game economy.

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Diablo 3 could go through its biggest trying time yet!

Diablo 3 had always been destined to fail when it had become a ground for bots to farm money, precious items and other goodies, but when a player found a bug that allowed players to duplicate millions in gold within seconds it was hard for them to resist the opportunity to say no, they took advantage of this, made multiple characters and took gracious advantage of this exploit, completely unaware that thousands of other players across the world had more malicious intentions.

While other people were using the bug for becoming the 1% of the population, other players decided to completely empty out the auction house and bring the in-game economy to its knees. Blizzard took down the servers and has worked to resolving the bug but the reports are coming in that many players who were "unaware" of this bug are now spamming the game forums asking if they will lose their accounts over their actions.

The bug was done on a very large scale and it would be safe to assume that Blizzard will be taking hearty swings with the ban hammer but the question is, will this affect the games population?

According to the latest thread on Blizzard forums which is made by a Community Manager:

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.

This could spell doom for an already doomed game, the game hasn't been hitting it home with the fans as it is with the constantly delayed PvP DLC being pushed back for testing.

What do you think is the future of Diablo 3 at this stage? If the masses are put to ban then will the game be destined to be a ghost town?