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.
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. http://www.greenmangaming.c...
Yah, not many devs like their products being some for $20 bucks less (not including taxes) right off the bat on release.
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.
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?
Question How does Green Man Gaming get and sell games cheaper?
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.
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.
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