Unused keys are really lost opportunities for everyone. For developers, one of the main reasons to participate in a bundle is to create exposure, to put the game in the hands of gamers who might not otherwise find the game or buy it at retail. The hope is that some, perchance many, will actually play the game, like it, post reviews, tell friends, generally spread the word, which ultimately provides a promotional boost for the game and the developer, something particularly important for indies.
And, no doubt, not every game appeals to every gamer, though conversely, most every game will have an appeal to some gamers. Keys that were included in a bundle that are left idle represent the opportunity for joy unrealized by some gamer.
It is with this belief that we have created convenient ways for our community to share their unused keys with fellow gamers. Within your My Purchases, you will see aside your keys two icons, one that looks like a Gift box and the other an Exchange icon.
If you click on the Gift Box, the Unused key will be moved to the Giveaway Tab.
Keys can be added to the Gift box, drag and drop. Name your bundle, add your friend’s email address along with a personalized message, and then click Create bundle, and a secure link for retrieving the keys will be sent.
Alternatively, you can now Trade keys as well. If you click the Exchange icon, keys will be posted/listed on the Trades tab.
Here you will see all Trades offered by fellow members of the Groupees community. You can sort by Key type, Name or view just Your Trades. At any time, you can Revoke a Key from Trades, and it will be automatically added back to your library. Click on Make an Offer if you wish to offer what of your available keys.
Note, you can make multiple offers of the same key. If/when an Offer is accepted, all other Offers will be simply Revoked.
To manage Offers made, click on View Offers.
Here you can view all Offers made, and either Accept or Reject them.
Please note, over the course of the next few weeks, we will be refining and improving this system. Apart from any bug fixes, we will be next focusing on adding a Ratings and Comment section so traders can view what other Groupees users have to say about trading with a Member in question.
While the system will be Trust-based and Groupees cannot make any guarantees about the validity of keys traded, we will keep a close watch on things and if we find any Member abusing the system, we reserve the right to impose permanent bans and complete key account revocation.
Assuming things function well, we plan on expanding our Profile system to allow users to add keys obtained from other sources to their accounts for storage, Gifting and Trading. It is likely this particular feature, if enabled, will be reserved for Members of a certain status and/or rating to ensure maximum Trust.
We hope that you like these features. We are working hard to make Groupees a fun place to hang out, interact with other Members and, of course, buy games, music, comics and other digital goods. Let us know how we’re doing! Your feedback, as always, is not just welcomed but wanted!
Next up, Trading Coins!