Our little group was born 2 years ago.
During these years Akatsuki and its members have been growing, changing and getting better.
We love giving away unbundled games and we love to play the games we win.
N.b.: Unlike previous recruitments which lasted only 7 days, this one will remain open for an unlimited period.

What's so special about Akatsuki?
Akatsuki is a non-ratio group, based instead on a three-months cycle basis.
For the first two months, members create mandatory monthly gifts.
On the third month, we introduce ways to mitigate the luck/misfortune mechanics, trying to "help" unlucky members who have won less during the cycle (they won't have to create gifts for this third month) and "asking for more" to lucky members as well (they will have to create more gifts). Also, In order to avoid extreme luck cases, we have limitations to the maximum number of games you can win in a cycle (8 gifts max).
Finally and most importantly, one of our primary goals is seeing people playing the games they get in our group. We do not want that people enter giveaways only to get a +1 in their library, or because they simply like to gamble and no more than that, or to farm cards or similar reasons. We want winners to play (or convincingly try) the games they win!

Here are some GAs you can find in our group, this month:
GRIS
Fimbul
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice
Thea 2: The Shattering
APE OUT
Foundation
Wargroove
Subnautica: Below Zero
Sunset Overdrive
Hand of Fate 2
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
FAR: Lone Sails
Hellsign
PC Building Simulator
Devil May Cry 5
Yakuza Kiwami
The MISSING: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories
Truberbrook / Trüberbrook
Dawn of Man
Unavowed
Strange Brigade
Lost Sphear
Praey for the Gods
The Ballad Singer
ReCore: Definitive Edition
Planet Alpha

and many more, you can check all games here

So, who are we looking for?

  • Generous people who love to give games away and play the gifts they receive
  • Users who are at least lvl 5 on SteamGifts
  • People who already gifted unbundled games, which are fit for the group.
  • People who try and play their wins and don’t use those games only to farm cards.

Experienced SteamGifters already know this group and are invited to check our rules here below and see if they would like to apply.
Have you never been part of a group like this and/or you have never given away good unbundled games but you are willing to?
Well, you can always apply and we will have a chat, trying to see if you are truly made for our little group :-)
In the past we have given nice opportunities to new recruits who are now solid members of Akatsuki!

All candidate members are encouraged to advance their proposal together with ideas about their first 3 possible gifts for their 3 first months in the group. This will help the Admins and Staff outlining, even if roughly, what kind of candidacy they are going to evaluate.

Admins:
Skull18, Wintermute75, Ernesttico
Mods:
robilar5500, LastM

USEFUL LINKS:
Steam Page
SteamGifts Page
Rules
Rules for new recruits

N.B.: Don’t add the admins on Steam to ask privately if you can join the group. The procedure is fairly straightforward: submit an application in this thread and we will reply here

5 months ago*

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Hi, I was looking for a group of unbundled games and find this thread =)
I readed the rules and agree with them.
Can I become a member of Akatsuki?

2 months ago
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Add me to steam for a chat
I have no time today, but in the next few days I will definitely be online

2 months ago
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Sure, np I online everyday =)

2 months ago
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After the chat with you, me and the other admins, we decided to give you a chance.
You will be a new recruit starting from the first of February.

2 months ago
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Great news!
Thank you =)

2 months ago
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While it sounds awesome.
Not sure if I would fit.

2 months ago
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Add me to steam for a chat
I have no time today, but in the next few days I will definitely be online

2 months ago
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Could I join?

2 months ago
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Hi, i'm sorry but looking at your profile, I do not think this is the right group for you, and you're from Russia, so I think you'll also have a hard time donating ROW unbundled games

2 months ago
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Hi, yes, I'm from Russia and most of my gibs are ROW. Thank you for ur discrimination by nationality.

2 months ago
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Thank you for ur discrimination by nationality.

Are you serious?!

No discrimination at all, in our group users belong to many different countries!
It is rather well known that Russian users can have a hard time buying ROW games, due to currency exchange.

Although you have been a SG user for 3 years I have noticed that noone of the games you have given away would be valid in our group. Anyway, if you think you can be able to give valid high profile unbundled ROW games for our group, I could invite you for a chat in the next days

2 months ago
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It is rather well known that Russian users can have a hard time buying ROW games, due to currency exchange.

Yes, but it doesn't mean it's impossible.

Just for honesty. About ROW and AAA games: Where are info about that in the topic? Why users need to get know about it in comments? I read topic 2 more times and didn't found anything about ROW or triple-A/I gibs rules.
Maybe I needed to check the group for "not the best " gibs obviously so okay I understand a little. Go next. Yes, I had no too much of ROW+AAA gibs before but why not to warn or ask about it?
Just for honesty, I dissappointed about

I have noticed that noone of the games you have given away would be valid in our group.

I understand about 5 unbundled games by "new" (for me) rules but why Metal Gear isn't valid? Is it too chip? Notice that it sent before bundle.
I don't want to squabble but it seem like "He's not top user and I'll not ask about extra info (like plans or steam library). He's russian and/so most of them have no free money so I'll prefer just refuse him", it's look like discrimination by nationality really. Because you would have looked at the steam profile and seen quite a few triple-A/I games in the library if you had doubts about my free money or would have just asked about it.

2 months ago*
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For ROW games (I copy and paste from the rules you should have read):
"GA creators must be sure the gift they are creating is effectively not region-locked or restricted."
As for AAA games:
They are not mandatory or strictly required, since even the most recent indie games work rather well in our group.

We examine profiles in order to understand whether an user would be suitable for our group or not.
We strive to protect our users / friends, since in the past several users have entered the group with bad intentions.
I think I have replied to your questions, though be sure I won't feed the troll or fall for provocations.
One final thing: I am in the group since the beginning and I can assure you MGS would have not reached the minimum entry threshold

2 months ago*
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About row and triple-A/I: agreed and I still can't see comments about nationality discrimination but I can see at least 1 valid gib of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES (other one is region restricted) where game get bundled 3 months ago vs my 6 months old of ga.

2 months ago*
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I would like to join

2 months ago
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It seems all your full value g/a's were actually Humble Monthly games. Do you have some examples of non bundled games you have made g/a's for?

2 months ago
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I've to admit there weren't many. One good one was Crypt of the Necrodancer. But I've some good gibs to give away and would consider to do some more for a group worth it.

2 months ago
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But I've some good gibs to give away and would consider to do some more for a group worth it.

let's talk, add me to steam.

2 months ago
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"It seems all your full value g/a's were actually Humble Monthly games." how is it possible? can you explain?

2 months ago
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With a few exceptions, Humble monthly games are normally counted as unbundled and so give full CV.

2 months ago
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HB Monthly early releases are normally full CV, unless the whole bundle exceeds SG's discount cap
tier 3 also normally give full CV, but are also still bundled nontheless
can check on ITAD if a game has ever been bundled
there's a difference between counted as unbundled by SG (full CV) and never bundled (non-bundled)

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From this moment all candidate members are encouraged to advance their proposal together with ideas about their first 3 possible gifts for their 3 first months in the group.
This will help the Admins and Staff outlining, even if roughly, what kind of candidacy they are going to evaluate.

2 months ago
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Hello, I'd like to be considered for the group :]

I don't have anything in mind for my giveaways but I've given several unbundled games. I am part of the Jedi Training group and have not had issues gifting back to the unbundled trains. I also have given them for whitelist and events like Community Train 3.0 and Lugum's Christmas Jigidi event.

Examples include Katamari, MHW, SAO, Panty Party, Turok, THPSHD

1 month ago
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Hi! add me to steam for talk
tonight I have no time, I will write to you tomorrow

1 month ago
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1 month ago
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wow,, i can not believe i have never ever seen this post before....
even tho i call myself a member of Akatsuki .....;

have a bump from me, in an effort to find new members for the group, and most of all, more friends for live :)

1 month ago
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Happy cakeday, mrGreen!

1 month ago
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Happy cake day :)

1 month ago
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Happy C-Day, mrG!

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can you step into your group

1 month ago
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1 month ago
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you're using SG the very wrong way. like, very very wrong.

1 month ago
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Bumpity bump!

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lol

1 month ago
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:)

3 weeks ago
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pika pika .... owh.. wrong game ... uhm bump instead...

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3 weeks ago
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Bump for march :)

2 weeks ago
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I have a question.

To join I would have to be lvl 5 and to earn enough money so I can buy games not from bundles and to give that games away correct?

2 weeks ago
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Hello. Well, yes, minimum level required is 5.
As for the gifts, we require members to give away unbundled games. And usually, well, yes, you buy games and give them away (unless you can find them after they fell off the back of a truck...) :-)

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2 weeks ago
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Thank you for the answer.

Nice group you have here but I'm afraid I won't be able to join.
I don't earn enough to be able to buy unbundled games regulary and without steam promos.

Sorry for wasting your time.

Have a good rest of the weekend :)

2 weeks ago
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No problem at all and no waste of time.
I see you have just registered here.
Take your time, explore the website, try to join some bundled groups (there are plenty), make friends, read the forum. Ie: enjoy SG!
And have a super start of the week!

2 weeks ago
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Have a good start of the week too :)

Today is a good day because I have whole day OFF to play games!
But the next 6 days will be work work work 8h a day and than 12h a day during saturday and sunday.

So I have to make the most of this monday :)

P.S.

Nice Shodan as a profile pic you got there.
I added you to my whitelist since you sound like a nice guy :D

2 weeks ago
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Thanks for the feedback and for your kind remarks as well.
Have an awesome week of gmaing before diving back into the job swamps! :-)

2 weeks ago
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can i join?

2 weeks ago
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I am sorry, but it looks like you've never given away any game that could be considered a valid gift for our group.

2 weeks ago
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Hello, I'm not the right level but I'm curious about something. When you speak of unbundled games, you mean games which never have been in a bundle ? Or games which aren't available in a bundle since X months ?

2 weeks ago
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Hi, I mean games which never have been in a bundle

2 weeks ago
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That's why I did ask, a lot of them have technically be in a bundle, but would I offer one of the Sonic for example, it has been in a bundle a few weeks ago, but not anymore, so how do you exactly judge that part (see what I mean ^^ ?)

2 weeks ago
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Prepare to get your mind blown:
https://isthereanydeal.com/game/sonicmania/info/

2 weeks ago
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As Mdk25 has pointed out, both SG databse of bundled games (https://www.steamgifts.com/bundle-games) AND games tracked by ITAD (IsThereAnyDeal.com) are being used to determine whether a games has been bundled or not.

2 weeks ago
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Thank you for your answer, but that's why I'm asking how long, because as Skull18 stated, "which games never have been in a bundle" which is basically saying that while you don't want to have games giveaway coming from a bundle, there might be some instance where the game could have been in a bundle X months / years / whatever ago and still work.

Sonic was obviously a bad example as it had been in a bundle those pasts months, so here is another: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, technically it has been in 2 bundles you can track on the ITAD and Steamgift bundle list, but hasn't been in any since march 2015 (so 4 years), it sure isn't in the group Wishlist, but would it be considered as inappropriate ?

Thanks for the time you spent answering my silly question. As I said I'm not the appropriate level, I'm not even a bundle hoarder, but I'm curious of how this work so I can plan ahead for a possible application ♥

2 weeks ago
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If the game was EVER in a bundle (this does include Humble Monthly Bundle and other special bundles which may not be listed as "bundled" on the steamgifts bundle list), it is not valid in this group. Hope it makes things clear :)

2 weeks ago
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No problem at all for your questions.

As my colleague leniu has correctly stated, if a game has been bundled in the past, simply it cannot be given away in Akatsuki group.
Furthermore, for this purpose, HB monthly games count as bundled as well.

Long story short: we want games that are, nor have ever been, bundled, in any form or in any space-time continuum :-)

If you need more clarifications, just contact me on Steam.

Best wishes, Y!

2 weeks ago*
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Yes! Thanks again for all the answers! I'll keep my application for when I'll fit the profile (if I ever do, lol).
(also lol at me, I read wrong Skull's message, I begin to wonder if I don't have slight dyslexia problem)

2 weeks ago*
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Nice premise for a group, but the group name makes it seem like it's anime-based or anime focused (I had to look up what Akatsuki was, but I suspected it was some kind of anime). I don't know if that's the case, but just an FYI that the name may dissuade some people who are not anime fans, and/or specifically don't like that genre. Of course, maybe that's precisely the goal, in which case carry on! :D

2 weeks ago
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If you take a look at the current GA's in the original post you can see it's not focused on anime. I don't particularly like anime in terms of game genre but I think the group is great and has a good mix of GA's :)

1 week ago
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Yeah, and that's why I thought it was an interesting choice for a group name if it's not anime-focused, especially as anime can be polarizing. It's like naming your group after a CS-GO or DOTA thing, when it's not a group geared toward that. Oh well.

1 week ago
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I wouldn't say it's named after, just influenced by. Like naming the group Foxhound or Avalanche ;)

But I'm just guessing as I'm not the group owner...

1 week ago
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Bump it!

1 week ago
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:3

1 week ago
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Bumping since I can only stare at the window, looking at Ace Attorney Trilogy

1 week ago
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how about me? Can i join?

4 days ago
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Hi, add me on steam to talk

3 days ago
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Added!

3 days ago
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Would like to join the group. Can I?

3 days ago
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