Please resume your frenzied purchasing.
By Alice Lynton on May 12, 2013 at 11:51 am
Last week Blizzard released a patch for Diablo III accidentally enabling an exploit, which led to utter chaos in the RPG’s delicate economy and resulted in both Auction Houses going offline.
Judging by the timestamps on Blizzard’s official forum thread on the subject, it took the developer about three days to resolve the issue, run maintenance to apply a fix, and open the real money and gold storefronts again. During this time, Blizzard had to renege on an ETA, with predictable rage fallout from those simply unable to cope without selling fancy magic hats at their convenience.
Due to concerns over server loads, access was limited as the Auction house re-opened, and Blizzard is still warily calling for bug reports if you notice anything weird in the wake of its hurried patching.