Keys meant for Friday the 13th Kickstarter backers sold on eBay, publisher confirms 'theft at distribution companion'
Keys for objects supposed solely for Friday the 13th Kickstarter backers have been stolen from certainly one of publisher Gun Media’s distribution companions after which sold on eBay for greater than $100 every, the firm has confirmed.
The sale of the keys was uncovered by the digging of 1 Reddit person who monitored the eBay account’s exercise. They initially assumed that the keys have been being sold by a Kickstarter backer that had bought additional keys, however they turned suspicious when the account carried on promoting the keys—for objects together with in-game outfits—for months, at upwards of $100 every time. The eBay person’s suggestions web page exhibits that they made tens of 1000’s of from the gross sales.
A Gun Media spokesperson commented on the Reddit thread to verify that the keys had been stolen from “one of our distribution partners”, and that any unredeemed keys have been cancelled.
“We beforehand assumed that backer-content keys being sold on eBay have been the similar as you; a fan who acquired in early and bought additional keys. After reviewing the info that you’ve got posted, it’s completely clear that this isn’t the case. With some investigation, we shortly decided that the keys being sold come from a theft at certainly one of our distribution companions.
“The firm has labored to resolve the state of affairs, however sadly, each we and the firm have been unaware of the digital portion of the theft till these auctions have been dropped at our consideration. While there’s not a unending supply for these codes, we might be cancelling any unredeemed codes which have been affected by this theft. Again, thanks for the effort you set into this, and for bringing it to our consideration.”
The eBay person’s gross sales historical past additionally contains buying and selling playing cards from distributor Limited Run Games and keys to Lawbreakers, one other title distributed by Limited Run Games. The firm additionally distributes bodily copies of Friday the 13th. The Gun Media spokesperson didn’t affirm whether or not Limited Run was the “distribution companion” in query—I’ve reached out to make clear the matter.