Steam has deactivated 7050 Sniper Elite 3 codes after reports they were stolen and illegally sold on to multiple outlets which then made their way to players.
Neither Valve nor the game’s maker – Rebellion or publisher 505 Games – were compensated during any of this so “that set of keys” has now been revoked, developer Rebellion explained on the Steam forum.
PC key reseller CJS-CDKeys blogged in depth about the issue, suggesting that Rebellion and 505 Games were not acting above board and that there was more to it than stolen keys being illegally distributed.
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.
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.
To clarify, aside from Steam itself, digital keys for Sniper Elite 3 can be bought from the below list of licensed partners. We can confirm that we have not revoked any keys sent to these companies, nor have they reported any problems to us. This is the full list of companies that get their keys direct from us for digital sale – we do not sell to anyone else.
Buka (for Russian keys)
Green Man Gaming
Metaboli (multiple sites, see below)
Nexway (affiliates, see below)
Metaboli sites, including:
Nexway affiliates, including:
Sniper Elite 3 is available on PC now and on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 this week.