The dark underbelly of Diablo III botting

The dark underbelly of Diablo III botting
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Do you also play games legitimately?
Absolutely, I love video games! I played World of Warcraft since shortly after vanilla launched and continued to play up until Blizzcon 2011 where I got to play the D3 beta, fell in love with it and proceeded to quit WoW (for the 20th odd time). I still play D3 when I get a chance however Act 3 Inferno is infuriating. I also have my own YouTube channel that is slowly gaining momentum in which I do “Let’s Play” style reviews of video games.

How do you find buyers for gold?
If you visit a few botting communities such as OwnedCore you will find hundreds of people buying gold at any one point. The problem with these forums is that there is roughly a 50/50 chance that the person you sell your gold to will simply file a dispute with PayPal stating that the transaction was not authorised and you will loose your money and gold. There isn’t a whole lot that you can do about this.

What I’ve done is that I’ve filtered through a lot of the bad buyers and have formed agreements with a handful of trusted buyers that will always buy my gold. Now the problem with this approach is that they will often offer you a fair bit less than the final sale price.

For instance, today I have 92mil gold to sell. The “buy price” that clients buy gold for is roughly $2.10 - $2.40 per million. My wholesale contacts are offering me $1.50 per million with an instant payout, or $1.65 per million on consignment.

Now, up until a couple of years ago I ran a rather large BitTorrent tracker for PIPE users. As a result I have an IRC network with approximately 50 users still active. What I do in these situations is I will advertise on my IRC channel for $2.00 per million and give my mates 24 hours or so to buy however much they need and then sell the remainder on consignment to my wholesale contacts. This will ensure that I get the most money possible for my stash.

Do you think Diablo 3 will remain a profitable game to bot?
Absolutely. Diablo 2 was the most botted game ever made. The primary reason for this is that unlike MMORPGs there is no subscription model. Once you’ve paid for your account there are no ongoing costs provided you don’t get banned.

The way I’ve calculated it is like this. My botting rig uses around 400w of power constantly. This equates to roughly 10c per hour in electricity. My yield per account is between 300-400k per hour. This equates to 80c per bot, per hour. When I’m running 8 bots I’m making roughly $6.40 per hour. Even if the value of gold was to drop down to below $0.50 per million I’d simply switch over to farming items rather than gold and turn a nice profit.

Do you have plans for any future games?
At the moment I’m sticking with D3. I’ll be keeping an eye on upcoming MMORPGs and seeing what the Buddy team (Honorbuddy/Demonbuddy) come out with. If they make a good product for an upcoming game that is going to be especially popular I may consider moving over to that instead.

How much money have you invested on your Diablo 3 farming operation, and how much has it made?
My initial investment was two Diablo 3 accounts at a cost of $79.95 each plus an unlimited session license to the Immortal Bot which cost around $40 Australian Dollars after conversion from Euros. All subsequent accounts have been bought using either profits in my PayPal account or In-game currency with trusted members of the Immortal Bot forums.

Overall if I was to give a rough estimate of profits I would say around the $3000 mark. That is after covering costs of buying accounts and bot licenses. I upgraded my machine from an i5 to an i7 so the cost of my botting rig was effectively nothing as it is all old parts.

A fairly interesting interview to say the least! Of course, AtomicMPC and Haymarket Media do not support or condone botting, hacking or cheating in games, especially when people’s money is involved. This interview was conducted with good intentions, and should only be read as an educational piece.

Atomic would also like to mention that this is not in any way intended to expose any flaws in Blizzard Entertainments security measures, or encourage readers to take advantage of any exploits revealed in this article.

For anyone interested in Tonto, he has a YouTube channel here. It contains Let's Play videos, along with game reviews and more.

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