Over 7,000 Sniper Elite 3 PC keys were stolen, resold codes revoked – statement

Monday, 30th June 2014 14:25 GMT By Dave Cook

Sniper Elite 3 developer Rebellion has offered an explanation as to why several owners of the PC version suddenly found their game deactivated.


We produced a full report on exactly what happened to many Sniper Elite 3 PC keys, but the short version is that many who purchased a key from third-party sites had their game deactivated by Rebellion.

The reason? Over 7,000 Sniper Elite 3 keys had been stolen and then resold without authorisation from Rebellion. Apparently, keys purchased from some 50 third-party retailers have now been revoked.

A statement sent to VG247 reads, “We now know that a total of 7050 Sniper Elite 3 keys were compromised. It is only these keys that have been revoked.

“To clarify, aside from Steam itself, digital keys for Sniper Elite 3 can be bought from the below list of licensed partners. We can confirm that we have not revoked any keys sent to these companies, nor have they reported any problems to us. This is the full list of companies that get their keys direct from us for digital sale – we do not sell to anyone else.”

  • Buka (for Russian keys)
  • Gamefly
  • GamersGate
  • Green Man Gaming
  • Humble Store
  • Metaboli (multiple sites, see below)
  • Nexway (affiliates, see below)
  • Rebellion Gamestore

Metaboli sites, including:


Nexway affiliates, including:




  1. silkvg247

    Confused.. how can you “steal” a digital key?

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Keiggo

    I’m worried that I may be spreading misinformation here (so take with a pinch of salt) but I read a few people complaining that their GreenManGaming key was affected…

    #2 6 months ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    Pc gamers just can’t stop thieving eh? Anything to fund their graphics card habit!

    Such a shame :(

    #3 6 months ago
  4. SlayerGT

    Thats a decent amount of money.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Bellisner

    @SlayerGT Let’s fell this particular straw man shall we?

    1. If a PC gamer want’s to “steal” a game they’ll simply download it via a torrent site, money won’t change hands.
    2. If someone pays for a CD key their intent was to purchase the item.
    Your assertion is that an individual purchasing a product is somehow a thief belies a profound lack of understanding as to how commerce works. are you 5 years old?

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Bellisner

    @SlayerGT sorry mate friendly fire. My response was intended for the comment above yours.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    @Bellisner: Obviously these keys were stolen by a pc gamer to buy a graphics card.

    And yes all pc gamers are thieves!

    All xboxers are teen boys who’ve shagged your mom.

    All ninty fans are immature babies.

    All sony fans are insecure poseurs.

    Real gamers play Dreamcast.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. ChristopherJack

    Because of digital regional inflation I tend to find myself buying from CD key retailers, never a problem. If they want to charge me more simply because I live in a specific country, I don’t see why I can’t look for a (hopefully) legit copy from a cheaper region.

    #8 6 months ago
  9. ChristopherJack

    @OrbitMonkey ah come on now, you’re better than that. You’re obviously not serious but it can be hard to interoperate sarcasm online.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. DreamCleaver

    Truly? So GMG wasn’t affected? Really? Pfft!

    #10 6 months ago
  11. silkvg247

    Can nobody answer my question then? :)

    #11 6 months ago
  12. polygem


    #12 6 months ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    Well I imagine they downloaded the codes into a usb marked swag & strolled out the building.

    Or they hacked into the devs/gamesites system & downloaded them onto a modem labelled swag.

    Or set up a fake site called game swag, procured the codes under false pretenses & paid with a dodgy cheque.

    #13 6 months ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    Or maybe the codes were printed out, accidently dumped & later found by some ne’er do well, bin diving for just such juicy info.

    #14 6 months ago

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