Ludeon Studios announces
that they've been forced to stop giving Steam
keys to those who buy the DRM-free edition of Rimworld
from their site,
though the game is still available for purchase directly
Tessier). Word is their generosity was being rewarded by thousands of dollars in
chargebacks due to fraud:
If you bought before today, you can still get a
key. However, I’ve been forced to stop offering Steam keys for those who buy
today and in the future. We’ve been getting hammered by fraudsters who are
obviously more experienced at this than I. Shutting it down for now is the only
way to avoid thousands of dollars in chargeback fees and lost sales. It’s time
to take a breather, because I can’t fight this ‘live’.
The game is, of course, for sale on Steam if you want a Steam copy. Buying from
our site will give DRM-free copies as before, but no Steam key.
All the stolen keys are being cancelled, and should be deactivated before they
can be sold (or soon after, depending on how fast Valve does it). The funds they
were stolen with are being returned to their rightful owners. If you don’t want
to get ripped off by fraudsters, be sure to buy direct from Steam.
If you bought direct from us before July 17 and find your key cancelled, it may
be due to a separate glitch we had (affecting only a few dozen people). You
should be able to get a new key immediately from the Steam key giver, and
continue playing where you left off.