Nvidia Begins Revoking Gears Of War 4 Keys Obtained Via Amazon Exploit

Nvidia seems to finally be reacting to what could very well have been seen as one of the biggest freebies made publically primarily by a loophole when it came to its products on sale via Amazon.com. This has resulted in a massive influx of “Free” Gears of War 4 redeem codes that are being used on the Nvidia website. The promotion which was being offer by the semiconductor giant to PC users who purchased its flagship GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).

The exploit exists primarily because of how amazon’s digital delivery system works for consumers who purchase a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080. Normally used as part of a delayed release solution, for some reason, Amazon instantly delivered game redeem codes that could be used at Nvidia’s redemption portal. As more users became aware of the keys being sold, some users put up warnings on public forums such as Reddit where consumers were told not to¬† purchase cheap digital codes which had found their way on various gaming forums as well as EBay often at prices that were as low as $10 as per our sources.

Even as Amazon is no longer issuing new codes with purchases, Nvidia has released its own statement via Neogaf, a well-established industry-centric gaming community forum where Nvidia maintains a passive presence :

We detected some Gears 4 Windows 10 keys were obtained illegitimately via our NVIDIA promotion. We have gone ahead and revoked keys that fell in this bucket. If you believe your key was incorrectly revoked, we highly recommend you contact NVIDIA support with proof of purchase to help out with this.

This does however raise quite a few questions and could be an issue for consumers who got their hardware as a gift or bought the code individually from actual GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 owners for example.

Gears of War 4 is expected to release worldwide on the 11th of October 2016 on PC and Xbox One simultaneously however users can play it earlier if they purchase the $99.99 ultimate edition starting the 7th of October 2016. The standard edition costs $59.99 on both platforms at launch.


The recommended Nvidia GPUs for specific performance and resolution settings by Microsoft were also made public via the Windows blog when the offer was first made public on the 20th of September.

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  • Jawwad Iqbal

    Would read more articles from the author.

  • Hvd

    why devs care about console gaming more then pc right here….lol.gears of war 4 on g2a for only $35…lol.sad thing is pc games think its ok buy buy grey market cd keys.they think they are still supporting the devs some how.

    they live off of cdkeys.com,g2a and many others like it.they will never pay full price for a pc game.like i keep telling quantum break devs say bye bye to your game now its on steam

    quantum break g2a steam keys inc same thing for gears of war .pc gamers are pirates and thieves and to every one person that posts im not one of them there are 1000 that are..lol

    • Rahim Amir

      I think the problem is that the majority of PC gamers simply don’t know about G2A being a grey market for keys. And why would they? Stuff works 90 to 95% of the time. Developers of course, are impacted by this and chose to work towards making bigger investments in console games for example. The easiest proof of this is the hundreds of makeshift PC ports we see every year from publishers. That being said, people are claiming that PC gaming is resurging as a platform of choice and this could very well force the developer’s hands. Microsoft’s push for DX12 is also going to be an important factor here.

      • Hvd

        oh they know i deal with them all the time on their pc gaming sites believe me when i say they know.ill say 90% use g2a like sites for AAA titles because of what steam keys.steam is the reason for these grey market sites.

        they know they just think they are supporting the dev when they pay half of what the game actually is.they know a AAA title at launch is $60 its thaton steam 90% of the timepc gamers think its just ok to buy from g2a as long as they get a AAA title cheap thats all they care about.