Sniper Elite 3 Steam Keys Cancelled After Theft
Rebellion and Steam have invalidated a number of Steam keys for the game Sniper Elite 3.
The company confirmed the cancellation in a forum thread on the Sniper Elite 3 Steam page where it revealed that it was simply responding to the reported theft of a batch of game keys.
“One of our PC retail distributors informed us that some of their allotted Steam keys were stolen,” said Rebellion in a statement. “We believe these keys were then resold to multiple companies, with no payments going to either Valve or the retail distributor. Steam were immediately informed and have now revoked that set of keys.”
Unfortunately, this move has apparently left a number of gamers who unknowingly purchased the stolen keys from outside vendors without the game and also without their money. This has led some to accuse Rebellion of attempting to force players to buy Sniper Elite 3 through Steam itself. Rebellion, in response, has affirmed that it is only targeting the stolen batch and that it supports the rights of players to buy their games from whomever they want.
“As a developer Rebellion are happy for you to purchase the game anywhere you see fit and support price competition in the PC market,” said the studio. ”We have in no way targeted any specific vendors (who may have also thought these keys were legitimate), just this one set of keys.”
Rebellion has urged affected customers to seek refunds from their sellers and is also offering free access to the Target Hitler DLC to any gamers affected by the cancellation.