Originally Posted by mushroomboy
when it's argued world wide, there is probably some truth. They probably willingly sell stolen keys. The question that should really be asked, are you so cheap as to use websites that knowingly do fraudulent activities just to save a buck? Cause it's the people ultimately doing this.
Inaction is the same as doing the crime, you are saying it's ok.You don't care, have this money cause Im too poor to care.
The same reason torrent sites still exist. There is enough people who don't care and want something. So you get this legal grey area generally promoting illicit things.
It is actually far more evil than torrenting, in this case.
With torrenting, you are obtaining something you didn't pay for, at the cost of a potential sale from the developer. They don't really lose anything tangible, although they can certainly lose profits. No one other than the person downloading the torrent is really gaining anything either, and they do so at their own risk.
With buying stolen keys, you are actively feeding a black market demand for both stolen keys and stolen credit cards, rewarding criminals who steal credit card info and cd keys with real money, costing the developer/publisher of the game a small fortune due to all the chargeback fees, etc. Oh, and for good measure, it is costing the end user more money too, despite that money never making it to anyone other than criminals.
It truly boggles me that anyone would prefer G2A over torrenting. Personally I do not advocate either, as games take money and time to develop, and the people who invested that time and money should be rewarded if their game is actually worth playing. Gaming is not an expensive hobby after all, and if we want it so not suck, we need to invest into it. That said, if you are the kind of person who would willingly buy stolen keys, and are unwilling to buy legitimate keys or abstain from a particular title, please just pirate directly instead, save yourself some money, and do a lot less harm to both the gaming industry and the victims of credit card fraud.Edited by Zero4549 - 6/29/16 at 4:41pm