It could be one of the most heart-dropping emails an MMO player could get: a notice that the game key he or she purchased turned out to be from a shady dealer and that the account will be closed.
But that’s just what’s happening right now with Elder Scrolls Online. ZeniMax is sending out emails to players who have purchased so-called “fraudulently obtained digital game keys” for the MMO, informing them that their accounts are forfeit as a result.
“We will be deactivating all game accounts created with such stolen keys starting on Tuesday, May 26th,” the studio posted. “Affected users will receive an email with instructions on how to regain access to their game account via a valid game purchase.”
ZeniMax put up a list of reputible retailers for Elder Scrolls Online to help future buyers avoid this issue.