Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead

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PostDo you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by OrangeRKN » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:07 pm

Haven't seen this get brought up yet, so read this BBC article

Small video games studios are asking the public to stop buying their titles from "unauthorised" markets, saying the sales cost them more than they earn.

Several have said it would even be better if consumers pirated their games rather than purchased discounted unlock codes from the "key resellers".


More at the link, including tweets from some indie devs themselves.

Personally I don't use key resellers, but I figure this might be interesting and unexpected for those who do

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PostRe: Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by Super Dragon 64 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:16 pm

I thought that the developers' concerns were just with sites like G2A and Kinguin who are notorious for allowing the sale of stolen keys which cost the developers money. I avoid such sites anyway but still keep an eye on CD Keys if I'm looking for something cheap at launch when I do decide to buy a new game.

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PostRe: Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by OrangeRKN » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:17 pm

Yeah the article goes on specifically about G2A, despite the broad headline. I'm not really aware of the various companies and differences - CD Keys are the only one I could name.

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PostRe: Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by Tomous » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:21 pm

I've used CD Keys a couple of times-my understanding is they bulk buy at cheaper prices-either from direct deals with the publishers or in territories where the game is cheaper. That doesn't seem a bad business model to me whereas the likes of G2A are pretty knowingly, despite what they say, positioning themselves as a shopfront for dodgy stolen keys.

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PostRe: Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by Hexx » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:25 pm

OrangeRKN wrote:Yeah the article goes on specifically about G2A, despite the broad headline. I'm not really aware of the various companies and differences - CD Keys are the only one I could name.


CD Keys (and others) are "Authorised" Re-Sellers. They buy direct from the publisher/whatever.

G2A, Kinguin Etc are "re-sellers" and dodgy as strawberry float.

e.g. I poser a a reviewer, get a code, and sell it to OR via G2A. Pure Profit for me, nothing for publisher.

or more seriously.

e.g. I steal a credit card. I buy a code from Publisher somehow. I sell the code to OR. OR Gets game. Stolen card gets report, charge back occurs against publisher. I keep profit from OR

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PostRe: Do you buy keys from resellers? You should pirate instead
by Ironhide » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:07 pm

I only buy from Steam, GoG or Greenman gaming (GMG) and very occasionally from Humble store.

I tend to buy from Steam or GoG as their returns policy means I can get a refund if I can't physically manage to play a game - either the control scheme is unsuited to my limited physical ability or there's other issues preventing me from playing. If I bought from a key reseller I'd have wasted my money.

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