G2A bans user who demonstrates you can sell fake keys during reddit AMA

Controversies[ edit ] G2A has been subject to a number of controversies regarding the validity of the sources for its keys. Publishers and journalists consider G2A to be a grey marketplace for redemption keys, often allowing the reselling of keys purchased in one regional market at a much lower price into another region where the same game is priced much higher, a legal route but one that denies publishers some profit in the latter region. They also claim that as basically G2A acts as an intermediary for individuals selling their keys, keys bought with stolen credit cards are sold, ensuring cheap prices for these keys.
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Something is missing from this story, from my knowledge of how the credit card industry works this doesn’t pass the smell test unless the keys are being bought off of a portal the game developer owns and runs, which in this day and age is just dumb and highly unlikely.

You don’t buy keys off of Steam. You buy an actual game from Steam. While you can buy it into your inventory to gift out that’s not the way key reselling sites work. It would be too much work to verify receipt of an inventory item when a seller lists it.

These are almost always coming from an indie developer’s own website sales which give keys for Steam. Stolen cards on bundle sites will do the same but they’re not as reliable as simply buying from the indie devs directly. As for it being “dumb and highly unlikely”, there are more ‘configure once and forget it’ ecommerce charge options out there than ever before. I’m not familiar with any of their policies due to not running an ecommerce website but I wouldn’t be surprised if passing through the chargeback costs to the seller isn’t a part of many if not all of their policies.

At the end of the day Square, Stripe, et al are little more than credit card processors with an option account mechanism for remembering payment options for the purchaser and it’s standard for processors to pass chargeback costs back to the retailer. I still don’t see how it passes the sniff test. Seriously, though – how many devs have their own store where you can buy individual keys? I can only think of Telltale and Mojang and almost everything else is a Steam key which I’d guess means a dev has a contract with steam, as Gabe isn’t just going to pay for all your game downloads out of the goodness of his heart.

Maybe I just don’t know how the game industry works though. I’ve bought a couple of things of G2A, and probably will again. I tend to get older stuff which has been part of bundles or sales, so I can believe that the keys aren’t part of a huge credit card money laundering operation. There’d be some bad press from the initial wave of bans, but their PR departments can pretty easily point the finger at G2A, kinguin, cdkeys etc, and once those sites lose their reputation, they’re done.

Maybe Valve needs to lend a hand as well so that keys can more easily be revoked too. G2A and sites like it are well known for facilitating credit card fraud, but people keep using them because they simply dont care about anything but getting the lowest price. Developers do track which keys are stolen. They have revoked batches of keys in the past and faced a huge backlash from angry customers who bought the keys from G2A.

The people who complained thought that “since I paid for it” its legit and the developer got paid. They dont understand that each sale from G2A costs the developer money in the form of a chargeback, which is often the full price of the game plus a fee.

It really is detrimental to the entire gaming community to use G2A, not just the big greedy evil faceless companies like EA or Ubisoft that our “noble” richleader wants to destroy. It inevitably drives down the quality of games and drives up their price, since the cost of all those fraudulent sales are passed on to people like the ones here looking for game deals.

Its very self defeating to buy from G2A in the long run. It explains a lot of what is being said here. There’s a reason that G2A is hated by so many people.

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Something is missing from this story, from my knowledge of how the credit card industry works this doesn’t pass the smell test unless the keys are being bought off of a portal the game developer owns and runs, which in this day and age is just dumb and highly unlikely. You don’t buy keys off of Steam. You buy an actual game from Steam. While you can buy it into your inventory to gift out that’s not the way key reselling sites work. It would be too much work to verify receipt of an inventory item when a seller lists it. These are almost always coming from an indie developer’s own website sales which give keys for Steam. Stolen cards on bundle sites will do the same but they’re not as reliable as simply buying from the indie devs directly.

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