G2A Purchases Automatically Leave Positive Reviews



/ 2 years ago

G2A

G2A is a key reseller which gained notoriety for offering customers huge discounts compared to Steam and sponsoring a number of popular Twitch/YouTube channels. Unlike other reselling stores such as CD Keys, G2A has been at the forefront of controversy and their marketplace allegedly contains codes from unscrupulous sources. According to the developer, TinyBuild, the sales on G2A accounted to a loss of $450,000 because they had already been purchased elsewhere. TinyBuild went on to discuss the business model and claimed:

  • Get ahold of a database of stolen credit cards on the darkweb
  • Go to a bundle/3rd party key reseller and buy a ton of game keys
  • Put them up onto G2A and sell them at half the retail price

Given the negative public reaction to these claims, G2A endeavoured to be more developer friendly and allowed studios to apply for royalties as well as seeking seller verification. Sadly, it seems some shady behaviour is still occurring and revolves around the notion of seller feedback. According to TinyBuild, buying a key on G2A will automatically leave positive feedback without your consent. To put this into perspective, it’s like buying an item on eBay, without testing it for some time or receiving the product, and leaving glowing remarks.

Furthermore, TinyBuild did another investigation into the validity of keys and discovered that there was a stolen batch and deactivated the codes. This provides an insight into the risk when buying from marketplace sellers on G2A and similar services.

The main element of this story to focus on is the automatic positive feedback. It’s an absolutely shocking revelation and anti-consumer. Hopefully, G2A bows to consumer pressure and ends this absurd practice very soon.

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4 Responses to “G2A Purchases Automatically Leave Positive Reviews”
  1. kyle939 says:

    I’ve used them a few times to buy items off and never had a problem. Only when selling at game actually to G2A I was screwed! I sold a game for £7 and at the end of it all I was given just over £3… not amused at them and they try to justify it. Yes the company are extremely shady but in today’s society where a game cost the same as a gas bill or more… people are going to look elsewhere for a deal and here it is a huge deal!
    Hey I wish they would sponsor me on stream! I would happily offer discounts and put their logo out there but nope, no offer, no promote

  2. Sam Zaveri says:

    It’s pretty disturbing to look at how low people are having to go, just to try and justify their position and seek to sell further. Fact remains, the ‘positive’ reviews must bounce back someday and it’s gonna be ugly! As a social media enthusiast, I equate this to stuff people do, such as creating YouTube channels and buying views to create the impression that they are doing great. All the same, buying could be good to those who are committed to living up to the standards of their initiative, but sadly most don’t. I believe my point lies somewhere in this piece; http://viewsreviews.org/pros-and-cons/ which I seem to agree with the author.

  3. Masher says:

    Bought many games at a great deal with G2A Code “Z123” and get 10% discount.
    I just love g2a, there are too many great deals. I already bought like 20 products without any problem, the g2a’s app is amazing too.

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