The Humble Bundle Steam keys are sold through websites owned by 7 Entertainment, according to a report. Since then, the company has responded to the matter, and stressed that it will restrain the resale of keys.
TO UPDATE: After the news that Humble Bundle's keys were being resold through 7 Entertainment sites, a representative of the company told CVG, "it was never our intention to expose any independent developer to financial losses or cause problems."
They added: "Our Terms of Service are very clear: it is prohibited to sell games that are commonly offered as free games or any charity event."
However, CVG discovered that the terms and conditions relating to the matter were only updated once the Humble Bundle scandal emerged on Friday. The representative continued: "Keep in mind that (we manage) digital platforms for sellers around the world to sell their digital products. We are not the owners of those products. If you can put it simple, we are like eBay for the players.
"We have already contacted suppliers that sell these products to receive information about the origin of these keys. We are confident that this situation will be resolved within the next week. "
We will have more as it comes.
ORIGINAL HISTORY: The digital distributor of PC games is allegedly illegally reselling the keys obtained through the charity, according to the Game Informer report.
Apparently, the main culprits are Fast2Play, Kinguin and G2Play, all owned by 7 Entertainment, and each one is reselling the keys for more than the charges of Humble Bundle, but for less than the normal price of Steam.
Proteus developer Ed Key said he bought a key to his game through Fast2Play and cross-referenced the code with his list of issued keys sold through Humble Bundle. It was a game, and there are other sites that are not owned by 7 Entertainments that do the same, especially sites that allow site users to sell games.
"This seems to be unrelated to G2A.com, but I do know some indies who also had problems selling their games without their agreement on that site," Keys said.
Frozen Synapse was published on Fast2Play, and Mode 7 developer Paul Taylor successfully removed the title from the site, after requesting proof of a distribution agreement between his firm and the website. with Mode 7. However, the game was still on sale at 7 other entertainment sites and sold for $ 6 when it usually costs $ 24.99.
"As an independent team, we want to continue doing low-price and paid promotions for whatever you want to allow customers to buy our games legally and economically," Taylor said.
"We do not want to be dissuaded by the idea that anyone can come and exploit that illegally for their own benefit without any reward for the original developers, this does not seem fair, it is demonstrably illegal, and it also goes against the spirit with which they intend Such promotions Finally, this type of behavior is also based on the idea that nobody will challenge it: neither do we believe that this is acceptable. "
"What was obtained in this case was a non-transferable license to use a game," said Alex Tutty, a Sheridans associate in the United Kingdom. "Unlike physical goods, digital products can have these restrictions and while the law is developed in this area, this is where it is currently in the EU."
You can read the full report through the link.