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Ubisoft deactivating keys it says were "fraudulently" obtained and resold

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Flying_Hellfish, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. Defiant306

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    Sorry to hear all folks problems with these games and Ubisoft, thank god I never went for them in the end.
  2. Mart2912


    Joined: Sep 25, 2007

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    Also had Far Cry 4 removed from my list. A little communication goes a long away.
    There is a thread on the Ubisoft forum (http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/1001533-Concerning-Far-Cry-4-removal-from-our-libraries-Open-letter/page34 34 pages and counting) with the majority saying their keys had been banned.

    Yeah same boat I'm in. Just need to wait for a reply from Ubisoft. Who knows how long that will take with all this going on...
  3. Boycey0211


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    so the jist of it is if you didn't give Ubi £50 but instead paid say £30 for a legit key you don't deserve to play in Ubi's eyes????

    I hope you all get your money back, and the key sellers find a way to prosecute Ubi for this if they were all legitimate.

    Also hope this brings and end to pc games being sold for £35+, especially for buggy turds of games like theyve been banging out one after another recently
  4. dbmzk1


    Joined: Oct 28, 2002

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    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    These websites do not have fraudulently obtained or stolen keys though, they get them through legitimate channels and sell them at whatever price they want. Some sites like G2A are more like eBay/Amazon/etc. How retarded of Ubisoft to stop people playing their games. Hope they go bust.
  5. Sean_UK


    Joined: Jul 6, 2006

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    Location: South East

    Found this interesting:

    Ubisoft do seem to enjoy self harming publicity.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2015
  6. StriderX


    Joined: Mar 18, 2008

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    Lol, thank god i've stopped purchasing their ****.
  7. MikeTheNative


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    Location: South Wales

    I got mine from simply cd keys and it's still there.
  8. flibby


    Joined: Dec 17, 2006

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    Location: South Shields

    After looking at my list I think all my games are still there, but I've not used Ubisoft's own program for ages so without an e-mail to say whether I did / didn't get anything removed from them I'd have no idea.
  9. Xordium


    Joined: Apr 8, 2009

    Posts: 12,702

    If games companies didn't try and rip off people in the West by making them pay so much more than the developing world for something that costs the same amount to make all over then there wouldn't be this problem in the first place.

    I don't like their games and I don't buy the ones I do like anyway as a matter of principle. Plenty of other games from publishers that do care about their customers and give them a fair deal. People will just pirate their stuff now and to be honest I really don't care - you reap what you sow.
  10. WiZZyWiGG

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    The only real way to block this kind of thing is to region lock keys, even then people will just use a VPN, and still moan they are region locking as they like getting cheap games.
  11. kedge


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    If this is what you claim is true then all Ubisoft need to do is ask the key sellers for the information to the 'legitimate channels', also why are key sellers refunding the customer?.
  12. WiZZyWiGG

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    If a site hasn't got the keys direct from Ubisoft then it isn't a 'legitimate channel'.

    Buying up cheap stock in countries where its cheaper and selling on the keys isn't legitimate no matter how much people want it to be.
    Also people buying codes on stolen credit cards and selling them is a big thing for digital stores, so these keys should be deactivated.

    Yes games are expensive, yes certain publishers have stupid digital pricing at times, yes we all like cheap games but there is a big grey area in selling keys and if a price looks to good to be true... it probably is.

    On the plus side, once boxed PC finally dies this kind of issue will decline.
  13. scritchyrat

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    I've had my Far Cry 4 deleted. Bought from cdkeys.com whom I've always thought were very legitimate due to some of the goods they carry (iTunes codes, PSN codes and Live codes and we all know how accommodating Apple are of unauthorised sellers).

    Ubisoft haven't responded to my ticket, cdkeys gave me a full refund two minutes after I contacted them at 9PM on Sunday night.

    Ubisoft needs to die as a company.
  14. hyperseven


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    It not the point Ubi have offered no proof or explanation as in their own EULA.

    Since when have Ubisoft become a police force?
  15. zola25

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    I think it would help immensely if Ubi - and for that matter other game producers - clearly state which channels are considered official to purchase from. They must have known for a long time that key resellers are selling their games, why not publish a warning that this is not a practice they support, and there is a risk of losing your games?
  16. WiZZyWiGG

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    What would you like them to say? I can't think of anything they could say that would turn all the 'die Ubisoft' comments into 'oh thats ok then' ones.

    They should be more open about why, agreed. Doesn't change the fact that this kind of thing is an issue in games and people need to be careful where they buy.

    Yep, this kind of thing would help.
  17. w00dy85


    Joined: Feb 14, 2008

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    I got my Gold edition off a well known auction website about 3 weeks ago and that got banned by uplay, sometime last week. I think it's bad they revoke the game with out saying anything to the account holder.

    I was lucky, the seller gave me a full refund straight away when I told them what happened.
  18. Wej

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    Interested how you come to this conclusion.....?

    If I buy something from Amazon that can also be bought directly from the original manufacturer more expensively (as is true of thousands of products) am I buying something illegitimately?

    If the original keys come from Ubisoft, then Ubisoft either need to a) region lock all their keys or b) accept that people will try and get valid keys from the cheapest possible place. These aren't fraudulent keys, these come from Ubisoft. It's just they've come from other, cheaper countries. If Ubisoft want to stop this, make country specific keys....
  19. Bloomfield


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    They're refunding customers because Ubi are removing the games :confused:.

    I'd be very surprised if the law agrees with you and Ubi.
  20. spoffle


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    You seem to be suggesting that illegitimate is a synonym for wrong or bad.