Developers advise against cheap Witcher 3 keys

CD Projekt RED is asking politely if you could please not buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at the ridiculously low price offered by a particular online retailer – because the developer’s not sure where those keys have come from.

Company spokesperson Rafal Jaki posted to the Witcher forums asking fans to buy the game anywhere other than Green Man Gaming, which was offering the AAA title for nearly half the standard price.

I would kindly ask our fans no to buy via GMG at this time. We had not sold them Keys and don’t know the origin of them.

Green Man Gaming has responded to the claims, telling Gamespot that the retailer had worked with CD Projekt RED in the leadup to the game’s release, before the studio decided to focus its online retail attentions on GOG.com instead.

Company CEO Paul Sulyok explains:

Following a six-month dialogue with [CD Projekt RED] about the launch of The Witcher 3, we were disappointed that despite the offer of significant cash advances, and other opportunities to officially work together, (we even offered to fly to Poland to discuss in detail how we could and wanted to support this launch), CDPR chose not to engage with a number of significant, reputable, and successful retailers, including ourselves, as they instead focused on supporting their own platform GOG.

The keys – which CDPR claim are “unauthorised” – have reportedly come from third parties and retailers that the developer has approved, tying in with the retailer’s plans to “indirectly secure the product”. Sulyok explains that he doesn’t think this should end the dialogue between GMG and CDPR, and hopes one day to bring the studio’s back catalogue onto the digital shelves.

CD Projekt RED, on the other hand, claims to be making no money through sales on GMG – unlike the legitimate partner deal struck with the retailer for the release of The Witcher 2.

Jaki continues, saying that GMG codes “might work”:

We control all digital and the codes, and because we decided not to sell Keys to GMG it came as a suprise that they are doing a special promo without buying Keys from us. We have reach out to ask for the source of they Keys but up until now there was no response. They might sell nVidia Keys (which are not to be sold but gifted with the nVidia promo), or they just bough Keys from gog just like a regular customer and now they resell them with a loss (we cannot prevent anyone from selling something).

Despite GMG‘s claims, it’s a case of buyer beware: The retailer has been caught selling fraudulent game keys at least twice – if you buy something from them and it turns out not to work as promised, you may have no ability to argue your case.

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