One frequent indicator of a game’s success, beyond the traditional praise, of course, is the interest garnered from the more shady parts of the internet. Whether that be so-called ’cracked’ versions circulating on dodgy websites or strange key requests, a game’s release is often preyed upon by scammers, particularly in the indie community where inexperience and naivety may make you an easy target.
As you’ll see below, scammers are willing to brazenly impersonate even some of the more widely known figures in the industry. For those with little experience in dealing with games media or handling code requests, this could result in copies of your game finding their way onto the global key reselling marketplace resulting in sales you’ll never see the profit from. Unless you call them out and refund your chargebacks that is.