Green Man Gaming accused of selling unauthorised game keys

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I love Green Man Gaming. It’s a legitimate seller of cheaper Steam, Origin and uPlay Keys, without the issues surrounding dodgy key markets like G2A and Kinguin, which often have unauthorised and sometimes stolen keys for sale.

And now their keys, and methods are being brought in to question. GMG lists all of the publishers with which it has agreements, and according to the company it has “direct contracts as an official, approved retail partner with every publisher/developer that has a game listed on Green Man Gaming, so our customers can buy with confidence.”

Activision isn’t listed, but despite that, the company is selling keys for Black Ops 3, and other Activision games. That’s prompted the moderators of Reddit’s r/Gamedeals to prod further, and according to what they’ve found, GMG isn’t an authorised seller for Activision’s games. They’re also not authorised to sell Ubisoft games, despite their claims. It’s been enough for the subreddit to effectively ban Green Man Gaming’s keys from being listed deals.

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It’s worth noting that GMG’s keys are not illicit, stolen ones – just ones purchased from places other than some of its publishers. They’re all proper keys, that work, and won’t be revoked.

“Let’s be clear here; there is a difference between being an authorised retailer for some titles, and being a retailer selling keys that have been sourced responsibly through authorised third parties with revenue going back to the publisher, Green Man Gaming chief executive Paul Sulyok told Gamespot.”

“Where possible, we work directly with publishers and distributors to make sure customers have the very best experience with us… Whenever things outside of our control have happened, we have instantly and fairly tried to make it right.”

And I have no real issue with that. Reselling legitimate, though grey keys? No problem. The only point that does make my eye twitch a bit is misrepresentation of the facts; saying you’re selling authorised keys and then not doing that is a little scummy.

Publishers such as EA, Bethesda, Devolver Digital, and ArenaNET and Warner Bros have confirmed that their games sold by the retailer are legitimate.

Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Dom

    I use r/GameDeals frequently (a bit less since steam added the rand and games are significantly cheaper) and the more I check out r/GameDealsMeta, the more it seems like the mods are out of touch with reality.

    I’ll just leave this comment thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDealsMeta/comments/3t0p9m/rgamedeals_and_greenmangaming/cx22lop?context=10000

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I have used GreenManGaming a few times and I have never had any issues. Paid $48 for my Fallout 4 pre-order there.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      R400 for me! 😀
      I still can’t believe Steam retails it for R800. It’s insane. That’s double what I paid for mine.

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    It’s sad this. GMG is a decent retailer online. I’ve used them without issues.

  • Enigma

    I recently used them to buy Fallout 4 and Black Ops 3, and added them to my Steam library. Might not be an official key, but it definitely works, even though that is a dodgy move on their part. Still, a whole lot better than G2A, which is just dodgy, period.

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