G2A Slammed For Selling Stolen Game Keys, How Many Australians Exposed?
G2A who have a major customer base in Australia flogging ‘cheap’ questionable gaming products has admitted that they have been selling stolen game keys with Australian gamers now facing the real possibility that they are using games such as Factorio via a stolen key.
Known as grey-market reseller G2A has long been suspected of selling stolen game keys, but for years they have defended the allegations until now.
Following an investigation by Eurogamer the dodgy Company has finally admitted the illegal sale of stolen keys.
Eurogamer, disclosed that G2A.com have been selling “illegally obtained” game keys after their initial “innocence” claims backfired.
Now the online operator is being forced to pay money to gaming Companies.
In 2019, the reseller made headlines after saying they would pay ten times the cost to game developers that can prove that they were selling stolen keys for a certain game, in a way to dispel the accusations.
For the most part, many video game developers have ignored the offer, but one company took up the challenge of exposing G2A.
Wube Software, the developer of the game Factorio, took G2A’s word, and after a full year, the latter had come forward to admit that yes, they have sold stolen game keys for Factorio.
Since Wube Software was able to prove that keys for their game were stolen the Company is now going to have to cough up $39,600 as per the terms of the bet.
The reseller published a blog post regarding the situation and said that the company held an internal investigation, which was supposed to be an independent one, and discovered that the majority of the suspected game keys for Factorio reported to it by the developer had been shifted by its own site.
In their blog, they wrote that when they launched the offer, they wanted to send a message to the community that “fraud hurts all parties.”
“As we spell out in this blog, fraud directly hurts individuals who buy illegitimate keys, it hurts gaming developers, and it ultimately hurts G2A because we are forced – as the transaction facilitator – to cover costs related to the sale,” they wrote.
The Company claimed that they “Had nothing to do with the illegal acquisitions of these keys.”
ChannelNews understands that the Company simply bought the stolen keys from a hacker who on sold them to G2A.
Eurogamer noted that the company did not offer any apologies and, most importantly, offered no plans to stop the stolen keys from being sold on their marketplace.
According to Tech Times, Last year, an indie game developer, No More Robots, observed that they have been paying Google for sponsored ads, which is why their link would come first when you’re searching for Descenders–a game from the developer, then G2A’s link started appearing first.
The founder of the Company then published a tweet saying he would rather players pirate their game than buy from G2A, according to gamesindustry.biz.
According to Rose, the developers won’t gain a penny from sponsored ads. Since they won’t be earning anything, they’d rather the reseller don’t get anything either by players pirating the games.
Google have not said whether they will continue to take dollars from G2A to support the same of what could be stolen game keys.