Green Man Gaming offering unauthorized product keys, say publishers

The discount gaming site appears to be offering product keys for games that publishers have not authorized them to sell, raising questions about their sources.

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DarkOcelet1067d ago (Edited 1067d ago )

Maybe Activision and Ubisoft are not happy that they are selling Blacks Ops 3 and Syndicate and Rainbow Six Seige for $42.99 and $39.99 and $42.99 respectively.

Those are really good deals though.


rdgneoz31067d ago

Yah, not many devs like their products being some for $20 bucks less (not including taxes) right off the bat on release.

willbrunelle1067d ago

If the keys are improperly sourced, the frustration would more likely be that the developer is getting less money, or they're being sourced in a way that means the developer/publisher gets no money at all.

Erik73571067d ago (Edited 1067d ago )

Yea but how can you improperly source a key that works with steam?

Unauthorized to my understanding just means they didn't give them permission to sell their games?

Persistantthug1067d ago (Edited 1067d ago )


How does Green Man Gaming get and sell games cheaper?

willbrunelle1067d ago

That's just the thing at issue here: because they claim to be unable to release any information about their product sourcing, due to contracts under NDA, we may never know how they're getting keys for customers. That means that in theory, some could be coming from either pirated, illegal or otherwise profit-hindering sources that damage publishers'/developers' ; overall revenue.

That's the implication of being able to sell games so cheap right at launch, and GMG has certainly not offered much in the way of a defense, instead calling the /r/GameDeals moderators' research and requests for documents a witch hunt and dismissing the criticism out of hand.

Erik73571067d ago (Edited 1067d ago )

If it has a offical key and can be registered through steam it rules out piracy. They probably smuggle it through factories and retailers under the radar.

Honestly I'm glad publisher like EA are pissed because Battlefront is a rip off and I would be more than happy to piss them off and pay the price that game deserves.