You have to be really desperate to ask people to steal from you. How could a situation become so bad that developers would rather you stole their game? A scenario where the only alternative is losing money could cause that desperation. That’s exactly the situation with G2A and their alleged fraud schemes.
G2A is one of many websites that acts as an impromptu retailer. Not a retailer of games though. A retailer of video game keys. These keys can be of the games themselves or even unlockables within them.
Video game developers have come out, however, asking people to pirate their games. Why? To avoid being purchased on G2A. This is due to the practice of using stolen credit cards to buy keys. When the cards are reported stolen, the transaction has to be refunded. This refund isn’t done by G2A, it’s done by the developers of the video game.
While this isn’t too hard hitting to a AAA studio like EA, it’s still a loss. A loss that can be devastating to an indie development studio trying to make a buck. With piracy, which is still wrong, the developer isn’t losing any money. They’re simply not gaining.
When the alternative of piracy does exist, you see why developers have made these statements. Since you can’t exactly stop people from wanting to play your game. I can’t stress this enough when I say do NOT pirate video games. But if you absolutely have to play it and can’t afford it, never go to G2A. Piracy is actually better in that regard.
This isn’t to say good key retailers don’t exist out there. We’ve got Humble Bundle that donates proceeds to charity. That’s a good site to go to for discounted keys as well. Just steer clear of G2A, both for your own good as well as these video game developers. At least we can’t blame Epic Games for this anymore.