Hight writes that Blizzard considered rolling the game
Posted May 21 2013 1:20am
Hight writes that Blizzard considered rolling the game back to a pre-patch state, erasing hours of progress for cheaters Cheap GW2 Gold and legitimate players alike, but thought better of it in the end.
Many players made significant accomplishments in the game that required time and dedication, and we felt it was worth the work involved to try to preserve these efforts and go after the exploiters instead.Hight wrote. With this in mind, 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.As of Saturday, 85-percent of the illicitly duplicated gold had been recovered.The proceeds made through the game's real money auction house by the suspended or banned players will be given to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This includes the player's sale proceeds and Blizzard's transaction fees.
As reported previously, the bug allowed players to duplicate gold from stacks of a million to 10 million via the game's real money auction house. This in turn made Blizzard shut down the auction house temporarily from May 7 until late last Friday on May 10. According to the D3 Gold forum post, only a few players had the funds to take advantage of the bug, with 415 of those players using the bug for personal gain.