this morning and in the night, you might have heard stories about players getting outrageous amounts of gold from “leaked” bonus codes. So, here’s how it happened.
In the night, around 1AM CET, someone posted a bunch of these codes on Reddit. These codes were not “leaked” by anyone, it was simply (yet another) WG EU screw-up. It’s like this:
This is a picture of the codes being released, as you well know. The address of this picture on WG server is:
These pictures with the abovementioned address were a part of the code release posts on the portal. Someone saw this address and figured out that since there is “001″ in the name, there might as well be “002″, “003″ etc., all the way up to “035″. And guess what – they were, because someone at WG EU was lazy and pre-uploaded everything. In total, around 30 various codes were “mined” this way
The sum of gold from all these mined codes was substantial (definitely over 11k gold plus months of premium, some claim to get over 20k gold from the event). All these codes work for all the regions, Russians caught up quickly enough and by 7 AM in the morning, all these codes were spent. The disaster was amplified by the fact that WG EU office only has skeleton crew over weekends (this used to be actually enforced by French labor law around 6-7 years ago, not sure how it is now), so there was probably noone to catch this quickly.
To my eternal shame, I was not there to catch it, I was quite tired and went to bed earlier, I apologize. Congratulations to those, who managed to exploit it though.