G2A and its practices

A nice article over at gaminonlinux.com on G2A and it’s practices. Below is the article in its entirety with link to the original

We’ve had colourful discussions about G2A in our Telegram group, IRC, reddit and other places. Some people don’t care and just want cheap games, but for those of you who want to support not only Linux, but gaming in general—read on.

I’ve written before about how IndieGameStand has to deal with fraud, and it’s not pretty.

The developer tinyBuild originally had their own shop on their website, which they had to shut down due to chargebacks. They noticed that later G2A would suddenly get a bunch of keys to their games.

Here’s the developer tinyBuild on how G2A has sold approximately $450,000 worth of their games without them being compensated.
Note: Seems their website is now suffering problems, here’s a screen-grab of the article.

The developer emailed the store, and got a reply along the lines of “you won’t get a penny from us, start selling your games on our store or we won’t do anything about it”.

In short, G2A claims that our distribution partners are scamming us and simply selling keys on G2A. They won’t help us unless we are willing to work with them. We are not going to get compensated, and they expect us to undercut our own retail partners (and Steam!) to compete with the unauthorized resellers.

Stores like G2A make me very angry, ripping off developers and gamers and by the looks of it they don’t give a hoot, disgusting.

If you didn’t know about this, fair enough, but I urge you to stop now. If you buy from G2A and you understand this, you’re not helping developers at all. I implore you: if you use G2A just stop.

I should note, that I don’t personally see anything wrong in selling on keys you legally own and haven’t used to someone else. The problem is that stores like G2A built a business around it, which has obviously attracted the attention of a fair amount of scammers using stolen credit cards to buy keys and sell on.

By liamdawe



Wow, that is pretty terrible if they are buying keys, then charging them all back. I had never bought anything there, checked it out awhile back and it alerted my “something’s kinda shady here” spidey-sense. Had no idea it was that bad.

Never used G2A or Kinguin or all the rest…
That really looks bad. :frowning:

I know some others have more legit methods, buying up actual stock for cheap and selling the key onwards for a bit of profit as long as they stay under the price of the retailers. G2A always has had a dodgy reputation.

Savy Gamer has a list of retailers and unauthorised resellers.


That actually helps.

Also- support 22Cans. :slight_smile:

I prefer cans in the 36 range…