Natural Selection 2 Dev Hit By Credit Card Fraud
The developers of Natural Selection 2 were recently the victims of credit card fraud that saw them lose $30,000. Unknown Worlds Entertainment reported on its blog that over a thousand keys were purchased through the developer using stolen credit cards. The developer was hit with a $30,000 fee when the owners of the stolen credit cards issued chargeback claims on the charges.
The keys were sold to buyers who subsequently found that they no longer worked once the studio requested that Valve disable them.
“We don’t know how exactly these sites obtain their Steam keys. It seems likely that they were originally obtained from our store using stolen credit card information. Keys were then sold through a handful of questionable sites to people using legitimate credit cards. The owner of the stolen credit card ultimately disputed the charge and we lost the sale. In total, we lose ~$45 per transaction of this kind, due to the charge-back fee (~$22 fee + $25 game price). Meanwhile, the unauthorized key reseller kept the money from the player who ultimately received the bad key.”
Unknown Worlds stated on its blog that the only legitimate place to purchase the game right now is through Steam and Green Man Gaming. It was previously available directly through the developer’s online store.