I asked Motoki to send me a link to his "this is why CDKeys, G2A, etc. are super shitty" post(s), though no reply from him yet. Do you have a link to it somewhere, so we can show people the shittiness that is CDKeys, etc?
Here is a link to Motoki's post:https://www.cheapass.../#entry13012546
And here is the content of the post:
If people want to buy from a shady ass site then buy from a shady ass site, but don't be naive.
Russian keys are most certainly not always region locked. I don't know who told you that or if you just made that assumption but it's completely untrue. It varies depending on the publisher. Square by the way tends not to.
If you don't believe me you are welcome to check the Steam databasehttps://steamdb.info/
Now as for why the site is shady, well let's see. It's a well known grey market key seller. The name even implies ripping open retail boxes (which for PC games have gone the way of the dodo in North America but are still common in Europe) and fishing out codes inside which were obviously not meant for retail and not to be sold as just a key over the internet. Sometimes these sites will even send you a scan of a paper insert with a key.
They are not an authorized retailer for any of the games the sell. Don't believe? Write the publisher and ask them. Write CDkeys and ask them for their source. If you buy from Amazon or Gamersgate or some other similar site who are well known to be authorized retailers who have direct contracts with publishers they will tell you their source of keys is directly from the publisher themselves. CDkeys cannot do the same.
As for publishers keeping track of keys it's not always that simple. They don't have a GPS on them. But there have been instances of known stolen keys in mass amounts being sold through grey market sellers. Far Cry 4 being one, Sniper Elite 3 being another.http://steamcommunit...44936577983546/
To clarify, one of our PC retail distributors informed us that some of their allotted Steam keys were stolen. We believe these keys were then resold to multiple companies, with no payments going to either Valve or the retail distributor.
Steam were immediately informed and have now revoked that set of keys.
To clarify, aside from Steam itself, digital keys for Sniper Elite 3 can be bought from the below list of licensed partners. We can confirm that we have not revoked any keys sent to these companies, nor have they reported any problems to us. This is the full list of companies that get their keys direct from us for digital sale – we do not sell to anyone else.
Buka (for Russian keys)
Green Man Gaming
Metaboli (multiple sites, see below)
Nexway (affiliates, see below)
Metaboli sites, including:http://fr.gamesplanet.com/http://uk.gamesplanet.com/http://de.gamesplanet.com/http://it.gamesplanet.com/http://es.gamesplanet.com/http://www.gametap-shop.com/http://micromania.gamesplanet.comhttp://fnac.gamesplanet.comhttp://jeuxvideo.gamesplanet.comhttp://achat-jeux-pc.sfr.fr/http://gameshadow.gamesplanet.com/http://gamerunlimited.gamesplanet.com/http://gamestop.gamesplanet.com/http://www.mcgame.com/de
Nexway affiliates, including:http://dlgamer.comhttp://www.centralkeys.com.br/http://www.funstockdigital.co.uk/http://www.gamesrocket.de/http://www.gamesrocket.es/http://www.gamesrocket.fr/http://www.gamesrocket.it/http://www.gamesrocket.co.uk/http://www.gamesrocket.com/https://www.fullgames.com.br/http://nexway.jeuxvideo.fr/http://www.micromania.fr/http://www.nuuvem.com.br/http://jeuxvideo.jeu...e.fr/index.htmlhttp://www.playstore.com/http://gg.levelup.com/
Last edited by Rebellion; Jun 30, 2014 @ 8:20am
AndyH Jun 27, 2014 @ 9:05am
I bought my key from CDKeys with no idea they were in anyway illegitimate.
The thing is if something sounds too good to be true there's probably a catch or a reason for that. When Steam and Amazon and Gamersgate etc etc are all selling a new hot AAA game or pre-order for $60 and shadykeysite.com is selling it for $30 something's up. The vast majority of the time it is keys sourced from Russia where games are sold much cheaper and on occasion yes there may even be stolen keys involved. It's happened before.
The majority of the time these keys will probably activate just fine and people will not have problems with it. Obviously these guys would not be in business if most of the time people weren't getting anything for what they paid. If you're okay ethically with don't ask don't tell getting keys from sources that at best are cheating the publisher and at worst might even be stolen (again it has happened before; search news sites for stolen keys) then that's on the individual. But just be aware of the type of site you are buying from, don't make excuses for them or bury your head in the sand and pretend it's the same as buying a key from Amazon.com.