|Internet piracy may not exactly be legal,|
but it is paradoxically non-profit
"What's the big deal?" you might be wondering. People sell used games all the time through E-bay or upscale pawnshops (usually referred to as "Gamestop"). True, but I'd argue that the majority of the games you see for sale at those stores were trade-ins or simply the result of people getting rid of stuff they're never going to play again. Steam codes being sold on websites such as G2A though are more often than not an online fence for scammers and thieves.
|Steam trading cards? CS:GO cosmetics? |
It's all bitcoins to me...
Online credit card theft is a serious problem, but the thing is once the thieves get the info they need they have to find a way to turn it into a quick profit (before the owner figures out what's up). One way to go about it is to hit up an online retailer and purchase digital copies of video games in the form of download keys. Then quickly put them up on G2A for cheap. By the time the credit card owner blocks the charges the thieves have already laundered their ill-gotten gains...hang on though, it gets worse.