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Steam Bans Grey Market MW2 Keys

Steam users who purchased keys for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 through what turn out to be grey market sources have found themselves banned from playing the game. Apparently users have been able to buy discounted keys from sources that buy them in bulk for cyber cafes, foreign sales, and similar setups, only to find this is a no-no. A post to the Steam Users' Forums by Valve's BurtonJ says: "If you purchased just a cd key for the game then you purchased from an illegitimate seller and the game has been revoked." In a later post he clarifies: "I am sorry but you all did not purchase from a legitimate retailer. It is recommended that you contact the seller to request a refund. In the future, you should only buy unopened retail boxed copies from legitimate retailers or purchase via legitimate digital download services such as Steam and Direct2Drive." We saw a note about this yesterday with no working links to evidence of this, but found the sources today courtesy of a post on Voodoo Extreme.

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91. Re: MW2 Key Bans Nov 23, 2009, 08:39 Verno
 
You certainly do lack some imagination What's next, slapping the wristcuffs on for importing? Valve could lock the keys using geo IP so that they could not be registered outside of the region intended. It wouldn't be a perfect solution but it would be better than this clusterfuck. Importing legal products is perfectly innocent as far as the law goes, the only grey market aspect to this is that there is no box coming from overseas, just a key. People do this all the time with books, music, dvds and yes even games.

This is no different from you buying a copy on ebay and just asking the seller to email you the key. If Valve started policing ebay auctions, would you be ok with that too? What wouldn't you be ok with Velvet? I guess that's the better question. Do they need to punch your dog?
 
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