Descenders developer Mike Rose is one of the indie developer unhappy with G2A. He has been a vocal critic of G2A’s business model for weeks and today is no different. He took to Twitter to discuss his view of G2A’s new Key Blocker tool.

Last updated on September 1st, 2020 at 02:39 am

In case you don’t know, G2A has introduced a Key Blocker tool to counter illegally obtained video game keys. The tool will help control the flow of review and giveaway keys being sold on G2A store.

How Key G2A Key Blocker Tool Works

  • You, the developer, only need to get verified. All you have to do is prove that you can act in the name of the studio you’re representing so that we can deter any impostors. Once your identity is confirmed, you will gain access to two separate sections.
  • The first of these is the “Review keys” part. Once you generate keys to be sent out for a review to various sources, all you would need to do is select your game in our panel and paste the keys you don’t want to pop up on our marketplace.
  • Once that’s done, each time anyone tries to sell a key for your game, our algorithm will check the keys you have provided us with. If there is a match, the seller will get a notification that the key has been blocked so that they can’t sell it.
  • The second section would be the “Giveaway” part. This panel works in the same way as the previous one – just fill in the keys you will be giving out that you don’t want sold before you start the giveaway.
  • If a seller tries to sell more than 3 keys that match the ones in the giveaway database, our system won’t allow that.

G2A key blocker isn’t in development for now. According to G2A, at least 100 PC games developers must sign up before Key Blocker is developed. Following G2A’s proposed tool, Descenders developer Mike Rose took to Twitter to give his two-cents on it.

G2A’s Key blocker tool is a “step in the right direction,” said Rose. But G2A is his ignoring the main issue, “shady Steam gift link.”


G2A did mention countering bots in its post but nothing related to Steam gift link.

In most cases, we have no problems on our marketplace with people selling the keys they got from giveaways. At the same time, we found out that some of these keys may have been gained using unethical methods – bots, for example. We agree that abusing giveaways is not OK, and we would like to prevent such situations from happening. We’re positive we can find the right balance here, so that both the developers and users can benefit from such a solution.

This is a developing story, we will have more for you when further developments come to light.