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It has been discovered that many Dead Island keys given away lately in the community could have been possibly fraudulent in some way. It has been brought to our attention by several members of the community that received Dead Island keys after contacting Valve to ask if these copies were okay to play. Valve responded with a solid no and removed the DI copies from their libraries.
We take these matters very seriously and will not tolerate this activity in the community. If you were given or have purchased a Dead Island key outside of a legit third-party seller or Steam, then please take this announcement as a warning. Please understand that this is not an isolated incident and no one Steam group or member of SteamGifts in particular is to blame.
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I don't remember hearing about a leak for this game
We do not think it was a leak.
Is this a rumour or have you got proof? It's kind of hard tracking where people got their copies.
I'm sorry, but linking to the evidence would not be in our best interest.
but is the keys leak like dirt3 or they are simple form weird cd-key stores?
Could you explain why they are considered exploited? Evidence links are not necessary, but a basic explanation may be helpful, especially for those who have been affected by the exploit. I found the sheer quantity (pun not intended) of a certain group's Dead Island giveaways rather suspicious. One person was giving away at least 2-5 copies daily (if you count the keys he gave away in Steam chat in addition to the giveaways themselves).
The members in question were giving away dozens of keys for free and found selling them for $4-5 a piece while advertising a "1% chance Valve would detect these and remove them from your library", while also admitting when questioned that they were not exactly legit. This coupled with the fact members are reporting to have had their Dead Island copies they received from these groups and members removed from their libraries.
Yeah. With how serious having exploited keys on your account is, I think everyone is going to want a bit more information. I got mine from someone who did a ton of giveaways here and I traded him privately for one. Name started with an R. I can't remember who he was though.
Steam/Valve support will ALWAYS say that your game is not okay to play and remove it from your account if you ask them about it, because they'll say not to accept keys from unknown parties and that it's not legitimate to use that way unless you own the physical boxed copy.
Would it be the guy from this group?
Then I'm afraid that you might be fucked.
is that group not legit anymore?
Was it ever? They did a crap ton of Dead Island giveaways then started asking for donations including real money. It seemed very rainbows and lollipops to begin with but then got very shady. I left when I saw the second load of 3 Dead Island keys go up as I suspected something dodgy.
not only that, they create group giveaways (their steam group is public) and then explain that the winners must be an active members of their community. Then why make your group public?
At the most, Valve would remove the game in question. I have never seen them ban a user because they activated an exploited key.
This is really old news. I have not seen a single instance of Valve banning anyone for activating an exploited or stolen Dirt 3 key, let alone all the other leaks and exploits. They have been removing the game from libraries when detected or reported. This Half-Life 2 CD-key situation was a completely different story.
It not a "completly different story". It's just Valve has changed its policies since then. Now they sell more game than theirs.
I'm not saying that they will ban now or that you're wrong. I'm only pointing out that there have been at last one case. Just that, I don't want to troll/flame/whatever.
It's a different story in the context that those were Steam keys for their own game and it was only one CD-key being activated. This couldn't happen again as one person can only activate one key now. Relax. I'm only pointing out the facts.
Yeah but how many users activated them ? Have you never seen a steam account getting disabled due using a exploited key ? Just buy one with a hacked cc, activate it, and the next day your account is disabled. Im pretty sure it goes it that way. The Dirt3 thing was another story.
Quick note... ruddified is known to have hacked steam keys!
can you provide any proof to this statement?
Agreed. I want proof.
and what is rudified?
Are they russian keys?
Russian key is OK it from retail box, It's restrict itself to activate in CIS or Russia region, And it's not to be gift to another.
Be warned that if Valve catch you doing this you can easily be banned.
What's reason for ban? It's "Retail Box" many game check when you online ex. Orange box, L4D2 game from valve they check but many game can activated Dead island , Deue Ex via VPN.
Reason? probably because you're avoiding the set price for your area. I remember reading somewhere a guy from the UK getting banned, because he kept activating russian keys from the same guy that sold him the keys. He bought the keys through paypal or whatever, but I guess your account gets flagged if you keep activating keys outside of your area? I don't know.
I never heard someone banned from gifts or pricing localization before, If someone got Suspended account he/she did something in https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=5406-WFZC-5519
May be i wrong, Now my account flagged? i don't know but my account activated CD-key via VPN 4 games already.
I never said gifts. I said a guy was buying Russian keys often and got banned. He had a bunch of russian keys activated on his account. Remember Russian keys are about half the cost from everywhere else.
for good reason too... Market research firm IDC and the Business Software Alliance estimate that 87 percent of all software used in Russia is pirated and also there is the lost revenue... basically why let all that money go to waste when you can easily get something out of it (it is a digital copy after all, so the cost of providing the game is minimal and hence the price can easily be lowered to allow for a profit to be made from an otherwise missed oportunity)
I know i did it since COD:MW2 and COD:Black ops.
No, they were not Russian keys.
100% for sure confirmed.
Good to know, thanks for the heads up. Will legit giveaways have the lokonopa seal of approval?
It is definetly complicated to properly filter the potentially bogus ones from the legitimate ones. So you can't really trust.
Is that what its called?
Or all this water...
I'm sorry, it is not in our best interest to reveal the evidence or proof at this time.
So how could we know that you are not mading all of this up?
Interesting. Heard of something like this but wasn't expecting that to happen.
How did Dead Island exploited keys come about?
I know it's 'WEIRD'
I just have a wierd way of spelling it. :/
To everyone who is confused, the leak occured on GreenManGaming's servers, where they accidently sent multiple keys for those who pre-ordered, now due to their system, they identified which keys were sent the first time around and marked those as legit, all extra keys sent were given to steam to remove from any account using them. GMG stated, your account cannot get banned because of this, only the game removed!
Da da da... and here's your proof for the skeptics GMG Blog
That's messed up, RUSE keys weren't revoked and everyone was ok with that, now hurr durr we messed up so we came to fuck you up.
because someone asked the devs and they allowed it.
this isnt the case.
This was over a month ago... are you sure?
yeah that was a long time ago even so are you saying someone bought 10 copys with 10 account in gmg just to get the extra key? that dont sound right
Right, there's no way one single person got all of the GMG keys?
nonsense there no way they could have gotten that many keys, there were tons of giveaways for dead island
This was not related to that GMG incident. It was limited and GMG sent the duplicate keys to Steam. You cannot activate them. These keys given out can be activated and played just fine.
Hmm... So it was just GMG's problem...
No, the GMG dupe key issue was fixed when they realized their mistake.
This was posted above me by YoursifOhEight. Those keys were revoked.
yeah, and I hardly doubt that there are still some GMG loose keys, after all they send the complete list of keys to Steam so there is no way of activating one of them and making it work.
FR3QU3NCY was spamming DI giveaways, go figure. :P
You are mistaking, bro. If you didn't win it, then speak to yourself :P
You are mistaken, bro
It was only $4 and under for keys from some strangely named site people never heard of. I could feel my computer security apps going crazy.
I knew the second the Steam announcement popped up about this, that group was behind the problem. They felt shady as hell from the start, and I left the group pretty quickly after I joined.
Yeah just goes to show that some things are too good to be true... it's a shame to see good games and this website and its users get exploited.
I can't believe this is happenning again, I was so happy with Dirt 3 and now with Dead Island...
At least with Dirt 3, we were absolutely certain on the methods people were obtaining keys. Dead Island is far more convoluted and seems to be very limited to individuals, instead of being available for all eyes to see.
indeed, those one is hard to find any word about it, tbh havent seen much nor heard much about this problem.
I need that key where i can get it?
Buy the game.
You can get it from the steam store. search for Dead Island (I even did it for you ^^)... you can also buy it from GreenManGaming- it even has an ad on the main page right there ... there was a 20% off coupon but I can' seem to find it right now (it might have expired)...
CD Keys should be banned from SG all together. Only valid Steam gifts should be accepted. Imho.
It has been suggested several times before.
Click here to view a relevant thread started by Cult.
Yeah, the topic is closed though.
I just think that the risk for everyone involved is not worth it.
And I don't want this community to be riddled by scammers and hackers.
The topic may be closed, but all the discussions are still relevant.
I fully agree with this, with the various ways keys are obtained, the risk to a persons account is too great. You never know if you'll be given a valid key, or given an illegally obtained key until after the fact. Also what if someone goes to steam support with scans of the box/key that was raffled claiming the winner stole his account, what happens then?
And check the Bulletstorm keys, pretty sure their hacked to.
If a user(s) had given away exploited or stolen keys Dead Island keys, it's probable to rule out the rest of the games given away by the user(s) as legitimate.
Bulletstorm activated as "Bulletstorm WW Comp" as in complimentary. wonder where he got them from... :(
This is weird, I have not heard anything about hacked keys on any other site...
i know that the multiplayer have cracked but not cd keys for free
I personally purchased a copy with tf2 items from someone. He lives in brasil and apparently they have PC gamer there. But since brasil isnt a huge pay for your games community, they offered a promotion in the magazine for a key for dead island. Thier PC Gamer is still like $15 though. Well anyways. They key registers itself as " Eastern Europe" when you activate it. Its been awhile and I havent had any issues with it, but im sure i can only connect with euros though. Either way, sound fishy, but not having any issues with it. Its the full game by the way. Just be careful guys when dealing with CD keys.
I live in Brazil and i'm pretty sure that there aren't magazines with this CD Key out here.
So they don't pay for their games, but you think they subscribe to a $15 gaming magazine? Probably a lie. :/
I have contacted Steam Support about Dead Island key that I got from ruffield saying that they can remove key, if it's not legit and they replied:
If your CD Key for this game is invalid, it will be revoked at the request of the publisher.
They didn't remove game from my library...
So we could be pretty sure we won't get ban for this. I think :3
I've never seen anyone, even during the Dirt 3 fiasco, banned for activating an exploited or stolen game on Steam. They game is typically removed from the account when detected.
You won't get banned, the game will be just removed, if it's not legal.
Well that's even better news. Generally if you contact them to ask if a key is legitimate they'll remove it regardless and say you can't use it unless you have the game disc/cd key and ask you to write your ticket number on a paper and take a photo of it for them.
That group has gone private. LOLOLOLOL. Guess that's proof enough guys?
Nope my mistake. They've actually closed the group.
So has this "problem" ended? Have all GMG keys been revoked?
Those keys were revoked within the week during that incident. This is unrelated to the GMG problem.