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Keys For Friday the 13th Kickstarter Backers Stolen, Sold On eBay

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Exclusive keys and items intended for Kickstarter backers of ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ where stolen from an employee of Gun Media’s distribution partner and then sold on eBay for $100 a piece.

The key’s sales on eBay were uncovered by one Reddit user who monitored the eBay account’s activity which included the selling of in-game outfits, which raised suspicion. The eBay user’s feedback page shows that they made tens of thousands of dollars due to this activity.

Gun Media responded to the thread on Reddit and confirmed the stolen keys while also stating that the keys had been stolen from “one of our distribution partners”, announcing the cancellation of any unredeemed keys.

“We previously assumed that backer-content keys being sold on eBay were the same as you; a fan who got in early and purchased extra keys” the company said in a statement.

“After reviewing the information that you have posted, it is absolutely clear that this is not the case. With some investigation, we quickly determined that the keys being sold come from a theft at one of our distribution partners.

“The company has worked to resolve the situation, but unfortunately, both we and the company were unaware of the digital portion of the theft until these auctions were brought to our attention. While there is not a never-ending source for these codes, we will be cancelling any unredeemed codes that have been affected by this theft. Again, thank you for the effort you put into this, and for bringing it to our attention.”

Limited Run Games, who distributed the Kickstarter rewards, has confirmed that the keys were likely stolen by one of its temporary contract workers although they did not identify the person.

“Up until last December, we often utilized many temporary contract workers to assist with the various busy work that shipping thousands of packages on an irregular schedule requires. It’s our best guess that one of these workers took it upon themselves to illicitly access the codes. This was not sanctioned by us nor Gun and neither of us knew it had happened until the community brought it to light.

“We stopped utilizing temporary workers in December when we noticed that our game inventory was off. Without those previous workers around, the inventory loss stopped. We don’t have any reason to believe that the person in question still works for us. Unfortunately, we don’t know who the specific culprit is. We foster a very open and friendly environment at our office and we never expected something like this to occur. These actions completely betray the trust we had in whoever this person is.

“We’re moving into a new office next week that provides deeper levels of security for our partners, our inventory, and ourselves. Rather than utilizing temporary workers, we’re now relying on the killer team of full-time shippers that we’ve built up, love, and trust. All of our employees know that we have a hardline policy against eBay and resellers. The actions of the person selling these codes were not authorized by us and do not reflect us or our values in any capacity.”

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Epic Games Delays Fortnite Season 6, Implements 400% XP Bonus Weekend

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Epic Games has announced that Fortnite Season 6 will be delayed until September 27th, two days after it’s initial release date of September 25th.

While the delay is a drag, Epic did unveil that this weekend would be 400% bonus XP, a nice consolation prize for the delay.

 

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Blizzard Cracking Down on Pursuit, Visor, Third-Party Apps in Overwatch

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The use of third-party apps such as Pursuit and Visor, are getting the crack down by Blizzard, who emailed a number of Overwatch players advising them to cease using the apps, primarily used to improve their performance in competitive games, in Overwatch.

“These programs provide benefits not normally achievable in the game, and detract from the integrity of the game environment,” Blizzard said, (h/t Sabriel Mastin on Twitter)

“This is only a warning and we are not penalising your Blizzard or Overwatch account at this time. Continued use of unauthorised third-party programs will result in action taken against your account.”

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Destiny 2: Forsaken 2.0.3.1 Hotfix Tweaks Ace of Spades Quest, Telesto Bling Well Exploit

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Bungie has implemented a brand new hotfix that addresses a few bugs, as well as tweaks the Ace of Spades quest to be much more easier to complete.

Hotfix 2.0.3.1 officially arrived on Thursday and in regards to the Ace of Spades Exotic quest, players no longer have to use a hand cannon to kill five invaders in Gambit, they can now complete the task by using a hand cannon in Gambit to kill general enemies.

The fix also addresses an exploit in the Blind Well horde mode in the Dreaming City.

Here are the patch notes:

Heroic Adventures

  • Fixed an issue where Barons were providing Legendary rewards outside of Heroic adventures
  • Barons in Heroic adventures now reward one guaranteed Legendary per day
  • Subsequent kills grant Legendary rewards at a reduced rate

Weapons/Items

  • Fixed an issue where players can get stuck with the Origin Story or the Last Dance weapons if they use the character level boost after obtaining them in Homecoming
  • Fixed an issue where BrayTech Legendary Scout Rifle dismantled into Mod Components

Dreaming City

  • The Offering to the Oracle now sorts to the Pursuits bucket, rather than Consumables
  • Removed the weekly bounty that required players to redeem an Offering for the Oracle
  • The Dreaming City weekly challenge now requires only two weekly bounty completions
  • Fixed an issue where some enemies would improperly spawn chests after being killed
  • Players can no longer obtain Dreaming City rewards when repeating the mission “Awakening”
  • Fixed an issue where Telesto could be used to accelerate progression of objectives in the Blind Well

Gambit

  • Players may now progress the “Cayde’s Will” quest step by defeating either invaders or general enemies with Hand Cannons
  • Turned off rejoin functionality in Gambit

 

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