While some customers have concerns about purchasing a code from the site, CDKeys is a safe and legitimate way to purchase game codes. CDKeys is a ‘grey market’ website, which means that all products are sold legally, but do not necessarily have brand approval.
Like other websites, The Legality believes CD Keys are legitimate. I’ve used it several times with no problems and you’ll find that on other forums and rating services, the vast majority of users have used the site successfully.
A likely explanation is that shops around CDKeys, legitimately buying games from regions where they are cheapest, and then reselling them to customers. Of course, this assumes that the codes are not regionally blocked.
This website is just a big scam. I recently bought a key and they sent me an already redeemed code. After constant emails with the company, they still never sent me a new code and eventually just stopped responding.
Completely wrong. CD Keys certainly takes advantage of regional price differences, but everything they sell is purchased from “authorized” vendors. Reading through these comments, I think some people have confused “authorized” with “legal.” Authorized in this case simply means “purchased directly from the publisher”.
As long as the resellers are legitimately paying for the keys (e.g. not with stolen cards) and not stealing them, this is not an ethical issue, it is a legal issue.
Is this still the case RE: No expiration date on your codes? Answer from CDKeys Support : All our codes usually have an expiry date of one month, after which they can no longer be used.
We do our best to provide a refund where possible, but please note that games played or keys redeemed are non-refundable. Refund requests must be made within 7 days of the seller delivering the key to the buyer or customer.
They are legit, they all source their own keys, unlike the more shady sites which are basically auction houses.
Game key resellers cannot verify whether a digital game code is valid or invalid when a third party is offering it for sale. You won’t know if it works until you try to redeem the key.
It simply stores cd keys in either scan or text form and then automatically assigns them to customers when a purchase is approved.
In short, yes. CDkeys is a completely legit website, which means it’s legal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t have a weird issue from time to time. CDkeys has a pretty good reputation as a third party and I’ve personally never had any problems buying a key from them.
G2A is a very secure platform compared to market standards and with the best rate of working keys. Today, among the 37,000 companies offering digital gaming products, it’s a commendably safe place with over 99% satisfied customers.
Because CD Keys does not have a physical presence in any state, you will not be charged any taxes.
Once you have purchased the game, there is an option to use the CD key to activate the product on Steam and then download the game as if you were on Steam store would have bought. For a list of retail keys accepted on Steam, click here.
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The most obvious risk is simply that a key may be rejected. Resellers have no way of verifying whether the key you have is valid or not and cannot provide support (without extreme measures like watching your screen during activation). In almost all cases you will simply be told that you are out of luck.
The consensus seems to be that pirating a game because you can’t pay for it because it’s not available is fine, but pirating a game because you can’t pay for it is fine can because you can. not afford is not okay. In either case, a sale could never have happened, and the publisher doesn’t “lose” anything.
Another way, completely legal at first glance, to save money on games is to buy an activation key from an unofficial store. The prices there are usually lower than official sites, which attracts greedy gamers like honey bees. However, the gray market can be shady; hence the name.
Products marked as Region “Worldwide” can be activated from anywhere in the world (unless otherwise stated). Games marked as “EU” can only be activated in Europe (including the UK), “UK” can only be activated in the United Kingdom and “US” can only be activated in the United States.