IGN has reached out to Gun Media for comment.
A spokesperson for Friday the 13th: The Game developer Gun Media has responded to accusations that Kickstarter backer-exclusive content is being sold via eBay, saying these codes have been sold as the result of “a theft at one of our distribution partners.”
A Reddit user wrote a thread detailing what they alleged to be improperly sold codes for Kickstarter-exclusive content. User JasonThrowaway13 found codes being sold by an eBay account. Noticing the shipping location and an alleged email account associated with this eBay profile, JasonThrowaway13 alleged that possibly a member of either the Gun Media team, the game’s distributor Limited Run games, or one of their partners, was taking codes for this exclusive content and selling them online.
Gun Media’s Daniel Nixon responded to the original post and its allegations, saying Gun Media has investigated these sales. According to Nixon, they discovered “a theft at one of our distribution partners,” which led to the selling of these codes. Nixon’s full statement reads:
First off, thank you for the information that you have provided. 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. 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.
It is unclear who the distribution partner involved with the theft is. Publicly, only Limited Run Games has been indicated as a physical distribution shipping partner of Friday the 13th, and the Reddit user who first compiled all of the suspicious activity of this eBay account noted it was also selling Lawbreakers codes, a game which Limited Run distributed physically, as well as Limited Run Games trading cards. JasonThrowaway13 noted the eBay account has, since the posting of this Reddit thread, taken down all related auctions.
IGN has reached out to Gun Media for further comment and information. IGN has also reached out to Limited Run Games for comment and will update this story should either company respond.
The Reddit user, JasonThrowaway13, alleges the eBay account has been selling a large number of “limited quantity” codes for the Kickstarter-exclusive content, saying they bought a code from the account along with a copy of the game to test out the content and found the code worked. They then traced back that the account’s tracking information includes Raleigh, North Carolina, where some members of the Kentucky-based Gun Media are located. Limited Run Games is also based out of neighboring city Cary, North Carolina.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.