[further updates below]
Standard link to site : https://www.g2a.com
My referrer link : www.g2a.com
As a reminder, the 25th of March is the launch date for the next expansion installment for Diablo 3.
As we get closer to the launch to Reaper of Souls, it is worth looking into all the various ways to get the cheapest copy and we have one possible way to reduce the costs for the EU region by up to 30% (27.99 Euros)
(plus possibly an additional 1 euro reward bonus from their "goldmine" incentive).
So this is essentially a neutral review of my experience from ordering from this vendor - it will be updated come launch date and I will detail whether and how quickly I get the code to play the preorder.Gobal Region Purchase :
This is via www.g2a.com
(non referrer link : http://www.g2a.com
). At first glance, the site appears to be a professionally designed site that specialises on heavily discounted game download codes. The company is based from Poland and appears a relatively new business but general reviews appear positive with only a few customers noting issues.
Instead of a customer bonus scheme, they have a new customer incentive scheme called "goldmine" which essentially pays the consumer to reward the spread of news about their services. At this time, from a 28 Euro purchase, the reward is supposed to be 1.01 Euros.
At this very moment, there is a additional marginal discount taking the total cost down to 27.99 Euros in the weekday sale (30% off total from RRP) for Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls - this discount has a clock countdown timer indicating it'll last only another 2 days. Don't worry, if you miss this then the non-discounted version is still only 28.90 Euros.
So, I have taken this a test drive to see how it'll all work out. The sign up process for an account was easy enough with clear explanations of how the "goldmine" system works. I clicked on the assigned referrer link given to me and then proceeded to make a purchase of the weekend special of Reaper of Souls. Payment was taken from paypal and the account showed a cookie was generated for the goldmine tracking.
An email was received to show that the purchase was made and a tracker cookie was recorded in the site to indicate that I clicked the referrer link (my own) - however, it did not show that I made the purchase so at this stage the assumption, is that the tracking for a confirmed purchase didn't work (perhaps because I made the purchase on top of a weekday special or because it's a preorder)
Money was taken via paypal and a last email was received to indicate the order is in a "processing" state until the game becomes officially available. I was somewhat disappointed about this and was hoping that a preorder code would be delivered so that it can be attached immediately over to battle.net.
Lastly, I've noticed that the account also allows you to generate 5% discount codes but it requires that you input a valid mobile number along with your home address. The website also allows you to donate some of these savings to charity ("Save the children")
live up to expectations and deliver on time for launch day? Only time will tell.New updates
To further test www.g2a.com
, I have decided to purchase a copy of Supreme Commander : Forged Alliance for 0.99 euros in the weekday sale (really, just price of a large packet of crisps whereas it's £9.99 in steam) to further understand the process.
The payment was taken from paypal and I was put through to a page where I had to enter my phone number for verification. The page had a 15 minute countdown. I entered my mobile number and then waited; after around 6 minutes (there was no callback) the page automatically took me to a page where I found my steam key - the key was accepted in steam. So, for existing games it's a fairly smooth process - the phone verification is understandable to prevent loss of sales. In my case it was probably not even worth calling me to confirm a 0.99 euros sale.Alternative more well known retailers (UK)
For piece of mind, there are other more well known retailers such as http://www.game.co.uk
which will have their own bonus schemes; such retailers can be combined with cash back schemes such as "Quidco" for an additional 3% discount saving you an additional 90p off £29.99.Final thoughts
Personally, I have always been skeptical of game download code sites and especially when they take their money upfront for preorders. However, since I've no prior experience in using such a service (except this one time) - my current stance is neutral though I'd advise those who want guaranteed delivery of preorders to go with a more well-known retailer instead.
This is my first foray to using such a company and I will be updating this article with further developments.