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Virtual Legality Episode 87

For Your Consideration: The Case of G2A.com and the Missing $300,000 Contract

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When grey market video game key reseller, G2A.com, came under fire for questionable business practices, it made an offer to developers that seemed almost too good to be true.

It would pay 10 times the amount of any credit card charge backs a developer faced due to the operation of the G2A Marketplace.

But when one such developer asked for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a

When is a promise not a promise?

What is missing from a traditional contract?

And if G2A is so bad, why aren't more developers taking them up on their offer?

Our word is our bond...in Virtual Legality.

#G2A #Subnautica #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

G2A Marketplace
About Page
(https://www.g2a.co/what-is-g2a/marketplace/#read_more)

"G2A could block some game keys from its platform, but developers have to do the work"
Polygon - July 12, 2019 - Charlie Hall
(https://www.polygon.com/2019/7/12/20691867/g2a-scandal-controversy-gray-market-bots-fraud-game-keys)

"[Updated] G2A vows to pay devs 10x the money proven to be lost on chargebacks"
G2A Website
(https://www.g2a.com/news/latest/g2a-vows-to-pay-devs-10x-the-money-proven-to-be-lost-on-chargebacks/)

"Subnautica dev demands G2A pay $300,000 to cover lost chargebacks"
GamesIndustryBiz - August 13, 2019 - James Batchelor
(https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-08-13-subnautica-dev-demands-g2a-pay-usd300-000-to-cover-lost-chargebacks)

"Developer demands $300K from G2A for something that happened before G2A even existed'
G2A Website
(https://www.g2a.com/news/latest/developer-demands-300k-from-g2a-for-something-that-happened-before-g2a-even-existed/)

"Elements Of A Contract"
Us Legal
(https://contracts.uslegal.com/elements-of-a-contract/)

"Consideration"
US Legal
(https://contracts.uslegal.com/elements-of-a-contract/consideration/)

"Developer Fumes About Keyseller G2A, But Admits He Was Wrong About $300,000 Complaint"
Kotaku - August 14, 2019 - Cecilia D'Anastasio
(https://kotaku.com/developer-fumes-about-keyseller-g2a-but-admits-he-was-1837252091)


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4)

iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-510342404)

Google Play Music:
(https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/In3d7qersx72lvzehxo7gu6cd5u)


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/

On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZrxXp1reP8E353rZsB3jaA)

About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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