A "game breaking" bug has hit 'The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG game', according to a post on Reddit. While it is not unusual to see bugs in an Elder Scrolls game, this one is apparently special.
Owing to the bug, the game has been flooded with illegally-obtained items, which players have bought with their falsely-earned money. The bug has now been fixed according to reports.
Guild Banks Shut Down
In response to this, ZeniMax has shut down the game's guild banks on the North American and European megaservers. In addition to this, the latest patch, (v1.04), contains fixes and changes to the way auto-stacking in guild banks is handled. This might just prevent the exploit from being used once guild banks are accessible again.
How Does it Work?
The item duplication bug works such that players can duplicate in-game items and sell those items to vendors for in-game money. Using this, players have started purchasing equipment and other expensive items they previously could not afford using their illegally-made money.
Players need to simply get an item once and then keep "spamming withdraw", thereby allowing them to get millions of the same item.
For a full idea of how to exploit the bug, watch the video below.
Developer Banning Cheaters
Last week, the game's developer announced that it had banned players who were cheating on it.
"Today, we made our first major strike against those who choose to cheat in ESO, permanently banning thousands", said the post. "This is only the beginning of our ongoing efforts to keep the game free from botters, speed hackers, and gold spammers. We want to thank everyone who has sent in-game reports about these individuals in ESO—your reports helped us identify many of the accounts we banned today. Please continue to report any botters, gold spammers, and speed hackers you see in-game, and we'll continue our efforts to keep them out of Tamriel."