The incident of Diablo 3 duping is taking its toll on Diablo 3 auction house as well as the game itself. Since a few months ago, duplicates of top tier items have been surfacing in the Diablo 3 auction house. For those who are new to the term duping, it simply means illegitimate duplicates of virtual items. In the game of Diablo 3 where an itemâ€™s properties are randomized, it is not possible to have two identical items. The existence of Diablo 3 duping poses numerous issues to the game developer of Diablo 3 and Diablo 3 players.
Two main problems caused by duping are virtual currency instability and poor game balance. Duping increases the supply of top tier rare items which are usually limited in number. This causes the overall value of items in the Diablo 3 auction house to drop drastically and adversely affects the stability of in game currency Usually, a virtual economy of a massively multiplayer online game is not designed in a way to accommodate the practice of duping as the supply of top tier items is purposely limited so as to appeal to playersâ€™ desire to own them. The existence of numerous top tier items is certain to disinterest players as the advantages accorded by a top tier item become available to more players. The current situation in Diablo 3 auction house is that there are too many duped top tier items.
Players are finding difficulty to price their items for sale as the value of the in game currency is heavily distorted by the high prices commanded by the duped top tier items. The consensus derived from the Diablo 3 player community is Blizzard Entertainment Inc needs to combat this unfair duping practice and restore stability to the in game currency.