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In about a week most of us have forgotten this and moved on.
And in about a month everyone have forgotten about this and moved on.
This is certainly not the biggest fail ever in a game. It's not really a big fail at all for Blizzard. Bugs happens. They are quickly fixing it and taking back gold. If this were to happen to most other game makers they would have left it for longer and not done much about it other than fixing it.
Diablo 3 continues to be an enormous and huge success.
You have a promising career in marketing ahead of you.
Actually, that's probably correct... but only because this was a gold-duping issue that was only live for a brief period. The spurious gold that goesn't get erased by Blizzard's cleanup crew will get attenuated into oblivion after a few rounds on the money-go-round by Blizzard's AH cut. There'll be a brief surge of activity at the top end on the market, and the ripples will fade into background noise shortly thereafter.
The effect on the economy will be minimal, and IMO the only thing that's really worth finding out is how Blizzard is dealing with the RMAH side of things... did people Blizzwallets get locked down? Will RMAH accounts get debited? What about people who were smart enough to exploit the hell out of the bug, then cash out before Blizzard went to DEFCON 2?
Prosecuted for... what exactly? Don't confuse breach of TOS with breach of federal or state law. Blizz could sue them, but it's unlikely that they would do so.