According to a report on Ten Ton Hammer, a glitch on the North American Aion server Azphel accidentally made some players richer than their wildest dreams.
What NCsoft is calling a "reward glitch" gave some players over 34 trillion (that's 34,000,000,000,000) in the game's currency, kinah. The server's economy was thrown into chaos, with players simply mailing each other hundreds of millions of gold coin and selling ordinary items on the auction house for 500 million, as reported on the AionSource forum.
NCsoft eventually had to step in and do what no MMO operator wants to do - roll back the data on the server to a time before the glitch, wiping players' legitimate progress in the process. Community manager Tamat made this statement:
"Earlier today we began to receive reports that a small number of players on the Azphel server had received over 30 trillion Kinah as part of a reward glitch. Since that time, we've brought down the Azphel server and have been working diligently to identify how to restore economic stability. We've made the decision to rollback the Azphel server data to 6:00am CST this morning and will continue to monitor all servers for related anomalies.
"It's important to understand that we saw the rollback as a last option and made every effort to avoid doing so... As an apology for the downtime, we'll be rewarding everyone on the Azphel server with five Lodas Amulets later this week."
Can we roll back the real world economy to 2007 next?