Efter påpressningar från Totalbiscuit ställer de nu en rad krav på spelnyckelsäljaren (som den inte kommer att uppfylla).
Efter att Gearbox Software annonserat att de inlett ett samarbete med den omdebatterade återförsäljaren G2A för en specialutgåva av Bulletstorm satte Totalbisctuit ner foten och sa att han i fortsättningen inte tänkte täcka deras titlar. Med tanke på hans följarskara gjorde detta Gearbox nervösa och efter långa samtal totalkakan beslöt man att ta fram ett rad krav som G2A måste uppfylla för att deras samarbete ska hålla.
Gearbox Publishing heard loud and clear the concerns voiced by John “TotalBiscuit” Bain. Gearbox was then provided with a lot of documentation on the subject, after which John was gracious enough to spend time across the last two days with our head of publishing Steve Gibson to put together a proposal and a deadline for G2A to act upon.
Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 30 days, G2A Shield (aka, customer fraud protection) is made free instead of a separate paid subscription service within terms offered by other major marketplaces. All customers who spend money deserve fraud protection from a storefront. To that end, all existing G2A Shield customers are notified by April 14th that fraud protection services are now free and they will no longer be charged for this.
Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 90 days, G2A will open up a web service or API to certified developers and publishers to search for and flag for immediate removal, keys that are fraudulent. This access will be free of charge and will not require payment by the content holders.
Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 60 days implement throttling for non-certified developers and publishers at the title, userid, and account payable levels for a fraud flagging process. This is to protect content providers from having large quantities of stolen goods flipped on G2A before they can be flagged.
Before Bulletstorm Steam launch, G2A makes a public commitment to this: Within 30 days, G2A restructures its payment system so that customers who wish to buy and sell legitimate keys are given a clear, simple fee-structure that is easy to understand and contains no hidden or obfuscated charges. Join the ranks of other major marketplaces.
Totalbiscuit säger dock i ett uttalande att han inte förväntar sig att kraven kommer att uppfyllas.
Now perhaps you're thinking that I am naive and how could I possibly believe that G2A will follow up on these demands? The answer is simple.
I fully expect them not to.
I would in fact be extremely surprised if they complied with these demands. There is a small contingent of people who believe that G2A are actually trying to become legitimate and that we should give them the opportunity to do so. I have no faith that they will, but why not give them that chance?
If they comply, G2A will have demonstrated that they are acting in good faith and truly want to clean up their act. This will result in a reduction of damage done to independent developers, publishers and retailers as well as the exploitation of their customer base through programs like G2AShield. This is a win.