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    • Fonque
    • By Fonque 5th Oct 17, 9:14 PM
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    Game Key Resellers - Legal Grey area?
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    Game Key Resellers - Legal Grey area? 5th Oct 17 at 9:14 PM
    On the hunt for cheap games I was pointed towards a couple of websites (kinguin and cdkeys.com) where its possible to buy newly released and fairly current games for a significant discount.

    Initially I thought "This is great!" as the discount on one game I wanted compared to Steam's pricing meant it shaved off a fair amount. However I did wonder how the websites in question could offer such pricing and do so legitiamtely. I was unaware that there are 3rd party cdkey resellers, who hoover up at lot of game keys and then sell said keys at discount.

    I know my brother has purchased games this way and the site re-issues cdkeys should the original one be blocked by the issuing party, as some game platforms/developers take issue with this business practice. I'd be keen to take advantage of the discounts but it seems like a legally grey area.

    What's your thoughts?
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    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 6th Oct 17, 2:56 AM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 2:56 AM
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    • 6th Oct 17, 2:56 AM
    I've bought from cdkeys quite a few times and will continue to do so, as far as I'm aware they're genuine (no legal grey area) and if there are any issues with the keys, they will sort it out.

    Kinguin and G2A however I wouldn't use at all as both have been known to be selling keys bought using stolen credit cards which are definitely not legal.

    John
    • King_Nothing
    • By King_Nothing 7th Oct 17, 11:13 AM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 11:13 AM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 11:13 AM
    Yeah, I've used cdkeys a few times now without problem, as mentioned above, some sites have been exposed for selling stolen keys.
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 7th Oct 17, 11:20 AM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 11:20 AM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 11:20 AM
    Doesn't the fact that a CD key gets blocked ring alarm bells indicating that the keys may not have been legitimately obtained in the first place?
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 7th Oct 17, 3:20 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 3:20 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 3:20 PM
    I've been using cdkeys for about 5 years now and never had any problems with them - whether via steam, origin, xbox or playstation.

    As above though, others such as G2A have been known to sell keys purchased with stolen card details - which often can result in the games being removed from the purchasers library.

    They have something called "G2A shield" which will protect you in the event the key doesn't work - but you have to pay extra for this. To me, its a huge red flag - you're legally entitled to receive what you ordered, there should be no need to pay an additional premium to protect you in case you dont.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 7th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
    I also have used CDKeys trouble free, tonnes of people over on hukd have also used them too for xbox, PC, Playstation with no issues.
    Can people stop loaning money/being a guarator to family/friends, it rarely ends well and you lose out as your money is gone or you get shafted with being a guarantor.
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