If you are among the gamers who prefer to play on PC, you may have found a digital version of the game and its download key at a cheaper price than that offered by Steam (currently the online digital games store used by 95 % of gamers) and you will have come across the G2A keys.
The site of G2A it represents one of the largest online stores and one of the best alternatives to Steam for the purchase of digital keys.
In this guide you will find everything you need to know about G2A, its use for the purchase of keys and systems to protect yourself in case of problems with the codes to download a game.
1. G2A: what it is and how it works
G2A a site of resale of key (keys) compatible withSteam and with the other gaming platforms supported by PC games, such as Origin and Uplay.
By purchasing on G2A you will get an official game key to be inserted within the Steam profile (or on the other supported platforms) to redeem the game. In the vast majority of cases, the keys you buy in this way have a much lower price than that offered by Steam or other digital game distribution platforms.
Once the code has been redeemed, the game will be complete and available on your account in the same way as on Steam, Origin or Uplay.
The operation of G2A very similar to that of eBay or Amazon, in which there are multiple retailers to choose from and which are in possession of download keys.
These very high offers are possible thanks to resellers who compete and procure the keys in large quantities or through different agreements on foreign markets. There are many i reseller who use the G2A platform to manage their own business based on the resale of keys to the final gamer.
G2A offers a 100% complete platform: from the choice of the game, to payment, to the digital delivery of the key, with protection mechanisms for the buyers (see paragraph dedicated to G2A Shield).
2. G2A: how to buy a key for a game
Before buying any game on G2A you must register for the service for free by creating your own "G2A ID" account on the platform: registration with G2A.
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It is possible to register an account with email and password by clicking on "Create G2A ID" or quickly access the service via Facebook, Steam, Paypal, Twitch and Twitter.
Once the account is created, you can choose between games on the homepage, browse the various categories available in the menu bar or perform a direct search for the one we are interested in. Found the game of our interest, we will have generic product information and specific information on the key (price and use).
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To be sure that the game is in Italian and activated in Italy It is necessary to check that the wording "Can be activated in Italy" and the word "GLOBAL" are present next to the name of the game.
At this point, you can see the G2A recommended price among the reliable dealers(those that have a higher score based on user reviews). You can also check other offers and other resellers (often at a lower price) by scrolling the page.
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To purchase the game, simply choose "Buy now" or "Buy with PayPal" or by clicking on the shopping cart button next to the dealers in the list.
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On the order page, click on "I have read and accept the Terms and Conditions" and then "Proceed to payment", checking that our email address appears in the dedicated field (necessary to receive the key).
When the payment is complete, a confirmation message and the key purchased will be sent to the first email address; however, the key will remain accessible in your personal G2A account.
Note: Some games do not include the insertion of a key to be redeemed but are provided through Steam Gift (ie "as a gift" from other users). In this case, simply enter the email address also used on Steam to be able to receive the game as a gift on your Steam account immediately after payment.
3. Legal G2A?
It's legal as long as the dealer who puts in key sale, obtains them in a lawful and non-fraudulent way. Some developers may lock the keys once they find out that the dealer has obtained them illegally.
G2A protects users by giving the possibility to open some disputes but it does not guarantee that the keys purchased will last forever; the store relieves itself of any responsibility for the purchase from third parties.
4. Safe G2A?
It is safe to the same extent as other online stores (such as eBay or Amazon) from which you buy every day. THE purchase systems (see paragraph at the bottom) are exactly the same ones commonly made available for the online purchase of products.
In this case, executables or programs are not downloaded, only numeric game keys to be redeemed and an antivirus is not necessary to check the (purely digital) content of the purchase.
The only risk that a key will not work and, as mentioned above, there is the possibility of opening a dispute in the event that this happens.
5. Why some G2A keys don't work
Although it rarely happens (there are 5 million buyers per year) it is possible that one Key purchased does not work or stop working. The problem that the dealer got the keys illegally, for example using stolen credit cards. The end user (we who purchase the key) has no right to use one illegal game key who purchased from one of these retailers and the developer can block it (even later).
6. The G2A store and payment methods
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G2A currently supports well 11 payment methods in order to purchase your game key:
- PayPal (single order payment)
- PayPal 1-Click (automatic pre-authorized payment)
- Credit / debit cards (including Postepay)
- Wire transfer
We always recommend using PayPal for payments so as not to enter any sensitive data and complete the payment in the fastest way. Alternatively, use a prepaid card such as Postepay.
The chosen system will be stored in the special G2A wallet, ready to be reused at the time of a subsequent purchase.
7. G2A Shield and protection on purchases
When we buy on G2A we have an additional protection system that protects us in case you have problems like onekey that doesn't workor that is not sent to us by email.
This protection system called "G2A Shield" a kind of additional insurance to be paid separately when completing the order. In the shopping cart there is the item "G2A Shield" to start the calculation based on the price and the updated total. <Img class = "lazy lazy-hidden aligncenter size-full wp-image-46677" data-lazy-type = "image "src =" https://www.giardiniblog.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/G2A-Shield.jpg” alt=”G2A Shield” width=”442″ height=”270″ data-lazy-/>
With active protection, in the event that a game key does not work or if nothing is received from the reseller, simply contact G2A assistance. Fraud ascertainedwill be carried out refund of the amount you spent on the purchase. Customer support available on a dedicated page: G2A assistance
8. Refunds for keys purchased on the G2A website
In case you purchased the same key twice or if it was purchased for an incorrect platform, you can request a refund from the assistance.
Let's say that the refund is always possible if you don't see the key of the game. In case the key has been shown (and therefore potentially copied for use), the only solution remains to resell it on the g2a marketplace in turn.
9. Other sites similar to G2A
The G2A store is not the only one on the online market where you can find key games at a good price. There are some equally valid but lesser known alternatives.
Among the alternatives you can consider, we can mention Kinguin, G2Play and the GOG store; the latter operates similar to Steam as a key dealer directly connected with the developers.