Gearbox made the unexpected decision to make exclusive Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Collector’s Editions available through G2A. Understandable, they got backlash from gamers after the grey past G2A has had with reports of fraud and money laundering looming over them.
Now, it seems Gearbox has chosen to stand up to G2A itself and demand that they change their ways according to a report from Waypoint. It seems Gearbox has provided G2A with the following ultimatum:
Within 30 days, G2A Shield (aka, customer fraud protection) is made free instead of a separate paid subscription service within terms offered by other major marketplaces. All customers who spend money deserve fraud protection from a storefront. To that end, all existing G2A Shield customers are notified by April 14th that fraud protection services are now free and they will no longer be charged for this.
Within 90 days, G2A will open up a web service or API to certified developers and publishers to search for and flag for immediate removal, keys that are fraudulent. This access will be free of charge and will not require payment by the content holders.
G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 60 days implement throttling for non-certified developers and publishers at the title, userid, and account payable levels for a fraud flagging process. This is to protect content providers from having large quantities of stolen goods flipped on G2A before they can be flagged.
G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 30 days, G2A restructures its payment system so that customers who wish to buy and sell legitimate keys are given a clear, simple fee-structure that is easy to understand and contains no hidden or obfuscated charges. Join the ranks of other major marketplaces.
Whether G2A will make the required changes to keep Gearbox sweet on the deal they made with Bulletstorm and potential future partnerships is unknown at this point.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on the 7th April.