Kinguin sells fake Frostpunk 2 keys
11 Bit Studios' Frostpunk Twitter account has let loose a volley at key reseller Kinguin for listing Frostpunk 2 pre-order keys on its website.
“We don't know the price of our game yet, we don't have any keys,” said 11 Bit Studios. “Some SH**** SCAMMER sells Frostpunk 2 on pre-order under umbrella of another CROOK Kinguin?!”
- No Frostpunk 2 pre-order keys exist yet
- 11 bit studios haven’t announced pricing
- PEGI rating listed despite the game not being certified
- Key resellers don’t benefit developers
Grey market: Key resellers like Kinguin sell so-called grey keys, which are often stolen. Much like the second-hand retail market, key resellers don't share any revenue with developers.
Oil barons: Frostpunk 2 has just been announced, and is set after the Age of Coal that started in the first game. Humanity now turns to oil for energy in order to survive in the harsh, frozen world.
We reached out to Kinguin for a response to the listing, and here's what we received this morning:
"We know there is much excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Frostpunk 2 and want to connect fans with merchants who are offering the key. We apologise for the inclusion of unconfirmed information that appeared in the listing on Kinguin.net in regard to Frostpunk 2. We have since removed this and made it clear to anyone visiting our site that the game is available for preorder only." – Brandon Doerfler, acting CEO and CFO at Kinguin