If you thought the launch of Sniper Elite 3 went without a hitch, then you’re probably one of the many gamers who purchased the console version of the gore fest sniper game, but if you’re a PC player, you may be one of many who’s version of Sniper Eite 3 no longer works. Why? Well according to Rebellion, the developer behind the game, a bunch of PC keys were stolen and then re-sold to third party distributors such as CDKeys.com and as a result have revoked the affected keys, but the Internet isn’t happy.
According to Rebellion in a Steam Community post, 7050 Steam keys for the third Sniper Elite title had been stolen from their PC retail distributor which were then “resold to multiple companies, with no payments going to either Valve or the retail distributor.” The developer then revealed that these Steam Keys have since been revoked meaning a large number of people’s games have been blocked.
The developer urges people to go to the distributor that they acquired the key from and request a replacement or a refund. To apologise for the inconvenience Rebellion are offering the Target Hitler pre-order DLC to all those affected. “We appreciate that some people are upset, this is exactly why we wanted to make this offer to gamers who’ve been affected through no fault of their own,” Rebellion wrote in on the Steam post.
Because of this however the Internet aren’t happy and have sparked a series of comments on the Steam post accusing Rebellion of price-fixing the title by cancelling keys that were sold cheaper than on Steam or traditional retail.
“To clarify, one of our PC retail distributors informed us that some of their allotted Steam keys were stolen. We believe these keys were then resold to multiple companies, with no payments going to either Valve or the retail distributor,” Rebellion wrote in an update on the Steam post.
“Steam were immediately informed and have now revoked that set of keys. As a developer Rebellion are happy for you to purchase the game anywhere you see fit and support price competition in the PC market – we have in no way targeted any specific vendors (who may have also thought these keys were legitimate), just this one set of keys.”
Following this information, various vendors have been issuing refunds or replacements to those affected without saying a single word. Others on the other hand, have had a fair few choice words to say against the developer, you can read more about that here.
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