Remember how Ubisoft started revoking illegitimate game keys sold through grey market key resellers? They went on to warn that keys sold through cheaper resellers like G2A and Kinguin might not be legally obtained. That was precedent. Others are now following example. Bethesda and Zenimax have started revoking what they say are illegitimate keys for The Elder Scrolls Online.
In a post directed at the 12 people still playing the game, Zenimax said that they’d start revoking game access for those who’ve purchased the game through grey key sellers. They’re letting people know via email too, including some helpful advice on how to buy access back at full price. How very sporting of them.
“We want to remind gamers to shop wisely and only purchase online keys from a reputable source. Fraudulently obtained keys obtained via Steam and then re-sold via third-party websites is a violation of both our and Steam’s Terms of Service. We will be deactivating all game accounts created with such stolen keys starting on Tuesday, May 26th. Affected users will receive an email with instructions on how to regain access to their game account via a valid game purchase.
The companies selling stolen keys make a practice of using stolen credit cards, or misappropriating credit card information from their own customers to buy codes from legitimate retailers. Often these companies have the lowest price available anywhere for the digital item they are selling. Customers who purchase from these vendors are at increased risk for identity theft.
Extreme discounting below the published prices on our website may be a clue that the digital key purchased for the game may have been fraudulently obtained.”
Once again, it serves as a warning to not use these grey services, lest you want your game access to quite possibly go away. Also, don’t buy stolen stuff. If you absolutely must buy your games for the lowest price, VPN in to the third world like everybody else. As a reminder, The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to the newer consoles early next month.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015