Last week, 11 Bit Studios called Kinguin game key reseller – harshly – to sell "preorder Steam CD keys" for Frostpunk 2. The complaint arose from the fact that Frostpunk 2, which was only announced two weeks ago, it has no release date, age rating or even an official price. "They're selling something that doesn't exist," the study said.
In response, Kinguin apologized for including "unconfirmed information" in the listing – he did not clarify what that content was, but 11 Bit Studios said the listing contained a PEGI rating that had not actually been established. but refused to remove it. Instead, he removed these details "and made it clear to everyone who visited our site that the game is only available for pre-order."
11 Bit Studios was unhappy with the outcome, but seemed resigned, saying legal action against Kinguin would be "extremely difficult" to pursue because the company is registered in Hong Kong. However, it seems to have been resolved now, as Kinguin deleted the list at some point recently: the URLs of both Kinguin i G2Play, which was listed as the actual seller of the keys (although it is also part of Kinguin, so it really is a distinction without differences), now offer 404 errors.
Kinguin did not directly address the removal of the Frostpunk 2 list, but said that "after comments from the video game community last week, we will review our criteria for placing pre-orders on Kinguin.net."
“We remain committed to ensuring that our customers can purchase their favorite games at the best price, including the pre-order process, and we listen to the voice of the gaming community,” Kinguin said in a statement. "Kinguin.net operates on a transparent business model and all items sold on our website come from distribution channels of game developers or publishers."
Whatever the reason for the removal, it had nothing to do with the 11-bit intervention: a representative said the study had not taken any action against the listing prior to its withdrawal. .