CD key warehouses can be a solid way to save a few dollars on your new PC gaming purchase, but unfortunately Studio 397 have discovered the dark side of this sketchy grey market. Almost 100 copies of rFactor 2’s non-Steam version were acquired by one of these outlets via stolen credit cards before being converted into the Steam edition and sold to users through their respective websites. Once it had been confirmed that the relatively large amount of rFactor 2 keys were originally obtained with a stolen credit card, Studio 397 were forced to deactivate 97 rFactor 2 keys on the users who had purchased them from said CD key outlets.
Traditionally, this wouldn’t be much of a big deal – these CD key sites routinely get busted for shady tactics, and it’s why you’ll see many PC gamers across all sorts of different message boards caution new users about the dangers of shopping for games on one of these websites. However, with rFactor 2’s extremely minuscule player base posing a legitimate threat to the game’s long-term lifespan, seeing nearly one hundred users have rFactor 2 taken away from them is like metaphorically kicking the racing sim when it’s already withering away on the ground. The sim’s all-time player count is an underwhelming 464, with a peak of 331 in the past 24 hours. It’s really not going anywhere in terms of popularity, and with how little there is to do within rFactor 2 from a “game” aspect, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where even a fraction of those 97 affected by this CD key issue would be interested enough to purchase the game again.
It’s not a good start for Studio 397, but it’s really not their fault – they can’t help it if someone uses a stolen credit card to purchase a whopping amount of rFactor 2 keys and proceeds to sell them online.