It’s already topped this week’s UKIE charts, but it looks like a bunch of gamers hanging out for Sniper Elite 3 have been left sorely disappointed. Turns out a bunch of Steam keys were stolen from a retail distributor and then re-sold, leaving “hundreds” of potential snipers without a working copy of the game.
Developer Rebellion has announced that more than 7,000 Sniper Elite 3 keys were “compromised” – stolen – and then re-sold, with no money going to the distributor, the developer, or Valve. All concerned companies have been notified and Steam has revoked the keys in question.
As a developer Rebellion are happy for you to purchase the game anywhere you see fit and support price competition in the PC market – we have in no way targeted any specific vendors (who may have also thought these keys were legitimate), just this one set of keys.
Of course, there are plenty of fans out there who have snapped up these compromised keys, mistakenly believing they were 100% legitimate – and they’ve now been locked out of their game. Even though the drama was not Rebellion‘s fault, the developer is still taking steps to make things right, offering the “Target Hitler” DLC pack available for free to all gamers affected by the scam.
You will, however, have to act fast if you want to claim it – follow these instructions by Friday July 4, or you’ll miss out!
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
– Receipt or proof of purchase from the original (blocked) vendor.
– The original (blocked) Steam key you were sent.
2. We’ll process your request and get back to you as soon as we can. Please be patient – this is a manual process and it may take some time!
We appreciate that some people are upset, this is exactly why we wanted to make this offer to gamers who’ve been affected through no fault of their own.
All we can suggest if you have been affected is to please contact your vendor and first ask for a replacement key, and then contact us for the free pre-order DLC if you are successful.
Rebellion has also published a list of licensed partners that sell approved digital keys for Sniper Elite 3. None of these retailers have reported any issues regarding the game, and none of their keys have been revoked. “We do not sell to anyone else,” explains the developer – so you shouldn’t buy anywhere else, either.