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G2A is promising to pay back developers for chargebacks on illegally obtained games ten times over, with a catch of course

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Want cheap games? With a little bit of patience for sales, there are plenty of official sources for the latest and greatest new titles hitting the block, and then there’s G2A. The seller of digital keys has been in the news lately for grey market practices that have been tinged with the brown of crappy and predatory business pursuits that have not exactly won them any fans in the wider gaming sphere.

How bad is their reputation currently? So bad, that developers would rather have you pirate their games than purchase from G2A as sales on that platform don’t benefit them in any way whatsoever. The brouhaha started with publisher Mike Rose earlier this week, explaining that recent adspace on Google purchased by G2A was driving people towards that website.

The problem here? G2A has a notorious history of selling game keys from people who use stolen credit card information to purchase them on Steam, leading to credit card owners to cancel said cards and institute a chargeback which the game developers are responsible for. Long story short, a vast number of keys sold on G2A don’t just provide zero income to hardworking developers, it usually ends up costing them cash in the process.

G2A wants to fix that, and they’ve noted on their website that if any evidence of such fraudulent activity pops up, they’ll refund developers up to ten times the money lost through credit card chargebacks. “Let’s lay all cards on the table.We will pay developers 10 times the money they lost on chargebacks after their illegally obtained keys were sold on G2A. The idea is simple: developers just need to prove such a thing actually happened on their stores,” G2A said in a press statement on their site.

To assure honesty and transparency, we will ask a reputable and independent auditing company to make an unbiased examination of both sides – the developer’s store and G2A Marketplace. The cost of the first three audits is on us, every next one will be split 50/50. The auditing company will check if any game keys sold on G2A were obtained using stolen credit cards on a developer’s store compliant with card scheme rules from Visa and Master Card/payment provider rules.

If so, G2A guarantees it’ll pay all the money the developer lost on chargebacks… multiplied by 10. We want this process to be transparent, so we will publicly report every step of the procedure. Meaning, you will get information such as who came forward, and what the verdict was, all of which will be published for everyone to see.

It’s a noble effort to fix the website’s ailing reputation but it has a few catches of course. As mentioned above, it’s up to developers to do the legwork here and prove that a theft has taken place instead of G2A rather directing their efforts towards verifying the game keys that they purchase and negating any potential damage that will be done to developers. As for Rose, his response towards G2A’s lack of policing has been eye-opening to say the least:

The ball is in G2A’s court, but as long as there’s money to be made from a grey market of illicitly obtained download keys for games, it sounds like the company believes that a cure is better than prevention of the illness that currently plagues it.

Last Updated: July 5, 2019

38 Comments

  1. WHO RUN THE WORLD?

    CASH! *cash!*

    WHO RUN THIS MOTHA?!

    CASH!! *cash!!*

    As long as there is money to be made, tom foolery like this will exist.

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    • Pariah

      July 5, 2019 at 13:11

      Tomfoolery is such a cool word. 😀

      Reply

  2. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    July 5, 2019 at 13:11

    How is the company active if all it does is grey-market antics?

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    • Pariah

      July 5, 2019 at 13:12

      Technically it’s like Gumtree – so it’s not G2A doing the grey-market antics, it’s dodgy people selling on their platform. Not much difference, but there’s a lot of legal grey area (heh) as a result.

      Reply

  3. Viper_ZA

    July 5, 2019 at 13:12

    Both G2A and Pirates (not the fun kind) deserve to be on the dog shit pile. Just my 2c 😛

    Reply

  4. BakedBagel

    July 5, 2019 at 12:56

    Is it still okay to pirate?

    Dont forget to send us the memo when piracy is bad again please

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    • Pariah

      July 5, 2019 at 12:56

      No, but it’s a damn sight better than using G2A

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      • BakedBagel

        July 5, 2019 at 12:56

        Aight, So piracy is better than G2A?

        Got it.

        Tell me when these views change again.
        Thanks

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        • Pariah

          July 5, 2019 at 13:03

          I mean, piracy costs the devs the same as it costs you – nothing. But the stolen keys (as mentioned in the article) cost the devs a lot more than they cost you (legal fees, chargeback fees, etc.).

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          • BakedBagel

            July 5, 2019 at 13:04

            But we were told that piracy is directly taking food out of the mouths of Devs. On this very site.

            So G2A costs the dev, piracy doesnt, why were we told lies?

          • Pariah

            July 5, 2019 at 13:11

            *sigh*. You seem to misunderstand. Piracy earns the devs nothing for their hard work. You’re consuming content, using a product, without paying for it. That’s theft. It doesn’t technically cost the devs anything outside of their initial effort and work and creativity. BUT they also earn nothing from it. Piracy isn’t ok because if you choose to pirate INSTEAD of buying through legit channels, then you’re putting the devs jobs at risk due to lack of earning.

            However, with stolen keys, the devs not only earn nothing from the initial sale, but now they need to reimburse the victim of stolen details and pay the additional costs attached to that, in addition to legal fees for pursuing the thieves. This is all in addition to not getting the sale of the person who bought that stolen key, as they’ve now spent that money already.

            They’re both shitty, but one is much more so.

          • The D

            July 5, 2019 at 13:26

            Just don’t pirate games or buy from G2A my dude. Easy. Both are awful avenues and games should be bought officially so that devs can prosper.

          • BakedBagel

            July 5, 2019 at 13:11

            I honestly couldnt care less about people i have almost 0 connection with. Who constantly try and shaft the consumer, who often release sub par products.

            Im totally over any form of remorse.

            Also tired of the constant fucking whining by Game Journo’s who dont actually care past the clicks and engagement… Who tell us one day that Piracy is the worst thing you can do, and then do a complete 180 and say, G2A is actually worse than piracy and game devs would prefer if you pirate.

            Like. Its just whining at this point

          • Pariah

            July 5, 2019 at 13:11

            The fucking DEVS are saying rather pirate than use G2A. That’s not the journos, that’s the DEVS. Please go read the initial article.

          • BakedBagel

            July 5, 2019 at 13:11

            “game devs would prefer if you pirate.”
            Please read my comment before PMS’ing all over the comment section

            Im just gonna wait until piracy is the next religious sin

          • Pariah

            July 5, 2019 at 13:11

            You mean that same comment where for 3/4 of the paragraph you moan about how game journos whine and say piracy is the worst thing then pull a 180 and say G2A is the worst thing? That comment? Yeah I read it. Did you?

          • BakedBagel

            July 5, 2019 at 13:19

            G2A is actually worse than piracy and game devs would prefer if you pirate.

            I mean we can go to English class if you would like
            Im surprised the journo’s didnt write an article to the devs telling them why piracy is so bad.

            Whatever dude. Call me when piracy is bad again thanks

          • Pariah

            July 5, 2019 at 13:19

            Piracy is still bad, you dolt. This isn’t black & white. As the original article AND the devs have said – it’s the lesser of the two evils. Grow up.

            Also, apostrophes are not used for plurals. So if you’re going to attempt to school me in English, do so when you don’t need to be schooled yourself.

          • BakedBagel

            July 5, 2019 at 13:26

            Whoa calm down Weeb.
            Dont call me names dude. That really hurts. Also pointing out my typing inaccuracies hurts too.

            Grow up? Stop watching anime before telling people to grow up ty

          • Magoo

            July 5, 2019 at 15:05

    • Admiral Chief Umbra

      July 5, 2019 at 13:19

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