Cleaning up a virtual Economy: The latest Gold-Dupe-Bug in Diablo III

It was a short-dated addition to patch 1.0.8 causing a bug in Diablo III which has been called the “Biggest fail in the history of gaming!”. Admittedly, this might be a bit of an emotional exaggeration: similar claims have been made before (for example after the release of SimCity 5 in March 2013). However, a programming error which resulted in a Gold-Dupe-Bug has caused a lot of trouble for producers and players of Diablo III. It enabled players to multiply their gold by creating high-value auctions in order to sell gold, but cancelling them before actually selling it.

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