In the wake of accusations about G2A becoming a haven for unscrupulous third-party sellers to move keys bought with stolen credit cards, Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman has issued a statement regarding fraud and online reselling. His core message is a pretty straightforward one: If you’re buying a code from a reselling service, you’re damaging the creator of that game.
“As you’re looking to buy a game, if a price looks too good to be true, it probably is. Someone’s getting hurt; it’s just a question of whom. Game creators of all sizes survive on your support.”
Hartsman explains that Trion has spent a great deal of time working on anti-fraud measures, building up what he calls the best anti-fraud protection in the industry, which he sees as a “sad reality” of the industry. Gamers who wish to support creators are urged to use the approved partners of a given developer, such as Steam, GOG, or the developer’s own personal store. It’s a good read for MMO players and observers of the industry in general.