Funcom is drawing a line for The Secret World players who attempt to use Steam keys from “unauthorized resellers” by shutting down accounts linked to those keys. The studio posted both a warning and advice on the forums for those caught up in this mess.
“These unauthorized resellers are retailers that have not been approved by us to sell game keys,” Funcom said. “Generally, they buy keys in bulk through other third parties. While some of them are reputable vendors, others may have utilized fraudulent practices, which will result in Steam or Funcom never receiving payment for purchases.”
Funcom advised players to file a return or dispute the charges from these key sales and to purchase an authorized key to reactivate affected accounts. A similar issue with Steam keys cropped up a couple of weeks ago in Elder Scrolls Online.