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Ubisoft Coming Down on Gray Market Sellers

Posted January 28, 2015 by Kat in News
Assassin's Creed Unity

Back in November shortly after the release of Far Cry 4, some gamers discovered they were having a particular set of issues with the experience.  The kind, it turns out, Ubisoft had put in specifically to prevent pirated copies of the game from achieving a full and clean experience with the title.  And now, it looks like they’re doing something similar by cracking down on gray market dealers for both Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

Users started reporting on the Ubisoft forums that they had blocked access to the game, to which the publisher revealed that they are coming down on places like G2Play and Kinguin.  They’re the kind of retailers known for acquiring Steam keys and selling them below their market value.

“We regularly deactivate that were fraudulently obtained and resold,” Ubisoft explained.  “In this case, we are currently investigating the origin of the fraud, and will update customers as soon as we have more information to share. In the meantime, customers should contact the vendor from whom they purchased the key.”

They later released a full statement saying, “We strongly recommend that players purchase keys and downloadable games only from the Uplay Store or their trusted retailers. We regularly work with our authorized resellers to identify and deactivate fraudulently obtained and resold keys. In this case, we confirmed activation keys were recently purchased from EA’s Origin store using fraudulent credit card information and then resold online. These keys may have been deactivated. Customers who may have been impacted should contact the vendor where they purchased the key for a refund.”

Source: GameSpot

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Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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