Some gamers found themselves locked out of their Ubisoft-developed games yesterday, and signs point that the keys used were bought using fraudulent credit cards.
A few months ago PC game retailers like G2Play and Kinguin were put on watch by several developers due to their resale of Steam keys for a significant price drop. After reviewing their transaction records, EA stated that :
A number of activation keys for Ubisoft products were purchased from Origin using fraudulent credit cards, and then resold online. We identified the unauthorized keys and notified Ubisoft. If you are having trouble with an activation key, we recommend you contact the vendor who sold it to you for a refund. We strongly advise players only purchase keys from Origin or trusted resellers.
It is currently recommended that, if you were affected, you should contact the retailer and ask for a refund.
Having a game you own turn out to be an illegal/fraudulent copy always sucks, and I feel for the gamers that lost out (Far Cry is my current obsession), but I have to side with Ubisoft on this one, it might be a bit more expensive, but you should still try to support the creators of the game, if at all possible. Were you affected by a deactivated keys? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up @NerdworkTweets!