ArcheAge’s free mana crystal Twitter promotion was meant to in-game players for a 24 hour period, but hackers found a loophole and exploited it. The game is now down due to the influx of bots trying to get their hands on as many crystals as they can.
ArcheAge’s free mana crystal Twitter promotion leads to a 24 hour-long exploitation spree. The exploit allowed players to get unlimited gold, items, and experience points from the game. The exploit was quickly fixed by the developers after it was brought to their attention.
When Kakao first announced the relaunch of ArcheAge, it ran a Twitter campaign that rewarded players mana crystals if a tweet reached specific retweet milestones. That tweet scored its first objective on Monday, giving out the prizes as promised, but the campaign looks to have backfired almost instantly.
While the mana crystals in question could only be used once per account, according to MMO Fallout, players were simply creating dozens of alt accounts, redeeming the code, and transferring the mana crystals via family and guild storage, resulting in a flood of materials across the entire game’s economy. The exploit was so widespread that practically every guild was said to be participating merely to stay up. The coupon codes have already expired, but not before a 24-hour period of users claiming large swathes of mana crystals, prompting gamers to demand a server reset or post the typical jokes.
ArcheAge also performed some maintenance on their online inventory system, presumably to prevent another attack from being launched against it. As a result, the previously reported pretty seamless launch seems to have struck a few snags since then.