Key resellers now let you gamble for game codes - pay £12.69 for a 50% chance at PUBG

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After the outrage over loot boxes that we witnessed toward the end of last year, a key reseller has understandably concluded that its customers want more gambling-inspired purchasing practices. GamesDeal are offering PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the low, low price of £12.69 - if you’re willing to take on a 50% risk that you come away with a key for a random game instead.

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GamesDeal normally sells PUBG for £27.21, which, interestingly, is slightly higher than Steam’s price of £26.99. And you thought key resellers offered discounts.

Head here for the terms and conditions of the 50% promotion. They could be more precisely worded, but it seems you can either buy one or two 50% tickets. If you only buy one, you have a 50% chance to get PUBG, and if it doesn’t happen, you get a random game instead, which is better than nothing. If you buy two tickets, you’re guaranteed to get PUBG and a random game. 

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MCV bought a 50% ticket, and it sounds like they had a poor experience: GamesDeal's security blocked their PayPal payment, after which they had to try three more times to get a phone call to verify their identity. Fifteen minutes later, they were told they hadn't won, and got a copy of Hockey Space, a simple indie multiplayer game that'll cost you £3.99 on Steam.

GamesDeal does not offer refunds or exchanges from the 50% promotion.

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QDP2(1 day 6 hours played)
2 Weeks ago

Nice to hear key resellers are embracing their loot-box odds. In the past you were already rolling a dice as to whether or not they sent you a usable key, a code already claimed or a key for a completely different game.

Good idea to add a chance to the title, that way when you get the wrong key they can blame it on you losing the draw rather than the countless other problems they bring with them XD

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nu1mlock(8 hours played)
2 Weeks ago

Resellers have sold random keys for years. This is the highest odds I've seen though.

Even legit resellers like GMG have or are selling random keys with a chance to get something worthwhile.

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QDP2(1 day 6 hours played)
2 Weeks ago

Very true, key-boxes have been common for years now (added around the same time as G2A started doing worse-odds cs:go cases). All of their keys (whether listed in the title or not) are rolling a dice for the game. I'm looking forward to when they join the skin trading websites and let you choose the percentage yourself (for a variable price)

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Optimaximal Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

"If you buy two tickets, you’re guaranteed to get PUBG and a random game. "

Nope, it'll be the typical '50% chance of getting the game you want' for each ticket. I wouldn't be surprised if there's also computer math going on in the background to weight it towards the cheap no-name product.

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Richard Scott-Jones Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

The sentence I was working from is in the 'product active notice' section at the bottom of the Ts and Cs:

"If you add this product in your cart two times, you’ll get the product no matter what – and even get the complementary product as well."

The rest of the announcement is horribly written and unclear, so I totally get your scepticism :-/

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Jake Tucker Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I wrote the original story, and if you buy two tickets they promise the game and a random code. It says on the terms and conditions.

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CursedNaruto Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Some resellers do sell keys cheaper but you also get greedy people as well

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