Subnautica developer Unknown Worlds has requested gray market key reseller G2A to pay them $300,000 in restitution. The developer claims the quantity represents the $30,000 it needed to spend to cowl chargebacks from fraudulent bank card purchases of Natural Selection 2. G2A had beforehand promised to pay 10x the amount of any costs misplaced through fraudulent purchases on their web site, so long as there’s proof such a factor occurred.
Charlie Cleveland of Unknown Worlds bullishly believes he’s owed that cash, popping up on GamesIndustry.biz to assist the present swell of builders who really feel that G2A are making the most of their distress. After writer Mike Rose of No More Robots acknowledged that he’d moderately gamers pirate their games than purchase them by means of G2A, Cleveland agreed: He mentioned: “Mike Rose is true – it IS higher for gamers to pirate than purchase a key off G2A. We paid $30,000 to cope with bank card chargebacks because of G2A.
“So, G2A, in the event you actually wish to put your cash the place your mouth is, you’ll now pay us (Unknown Worlds) $300,000.”
After Rose’s claims, G2A had promised to construct a key blocking system that will allow builders on their platform to dam gross sales of ill-gotten keys, however that appears to be floundering. The software program has but to be developed, with G2A stating it will solely start growing the system when 100 builders signed up to make use of the system, and the current count is at 19. G2A has prolonged the deadline for sign-up from August 15th to after Gamescom subsequent week to allow them to speak to builders in particular person, but it surely does appear that their self-imposed restrict will sink their proposal. They might simply construct it, however they declare it’s costly and time-consuming to take action – a declare Cleveland calls “a load of crap.”
If Unknown Worlds offers proof that the chargeback prices incurred have been a consequence of illegitimate gross sales through G2A, it is going to be fascinating to see G2A’s response.