When it comes to pirating your games most developers will tell you to please not do that, as it essentially means you’re stealing their hard work and efforts. However, one developer has thrown that tradition out of the window thanks to key reseller G2A.
Publisher Mike Rose called out G2A, which resells unused game keys, over on Twitter, and his anger has caught the attention of some other big-name game devs.
Tweeted his anger at the situation, Rose said: “In the latest episode of F*ck G2A: G2A has taken out sponsored ads on Google, which mean that when you search for our games, you get G2A popping up above our own links — and we make zero money on our games if people buy through the ads.”
He followed up saying: “Please, if you’re going to buy a game from G2A, just pirate it instead! Genuinely!
“Devs don’t see a penny either way, so we’d much rather G2A didn’t see money either.”
Please, if you’re going to buy a game from G2A, just pirate it instead! Genuinely!— Mike Rose (@RaveofRavendale) June 30, 2019
Devs don’t see a penny either way, so we’d much rather G2A didn’t see money either
Indie game developer from Vlambeer, Rami Ismail, also echoed the strong sentiment.
“If you can’t afford or don’t want to buy our games full-price, please pirate them rather than buying them from a key reseller,” tweeted Ismail. “These sites cost us so much potential dev time in customer service, investigating fake key requests, figuring out credit card chargebacks, and more.”
G2A, which has come under fire for its practices in the past, has yet to comment on the controversy.
It’s looking ever more likely that sites like G2A will soon need to be regulated if the furore is to continue.
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