The listings have been taken down Image: Thinkstock
Gamers love a good deal, especially on games. But if you come across a too-good-to-be-true deal, even on trusted e-commerce websites such as Flipkart or Amazon, be a little wary. Third-party re-sellers have been found selling pirated or cracked games on both.
The issue was first brought up in a tweet posted by Twitter user Vidit Sahni, reportedly from New Delhi.
Sahni spotted pirated copies of some popular PC games such as EA Sports's FIFA 17 and FIFA 18, and Ubisoft's Watch Dogs 2 up for sale on Flipkart and Amazon.
Cracked version of FIFA 18 on Flipkart Image: Twitter/ Beboom
The game listings seem normal with the sellers using the official game posters but a careful inspection of the description part reveals that the games are cracked versions. For the uninitiated, a crack is a programme designed to bypass the security features of a particular software in order to run them illegally without purchasing the official licence.
A few 'iffy' listings of Rockstar's popular GTA V game have also been found. Instead of regular redeemable game codes or physical discs, certain sellers have been found selling accounts with the game registered in them. Now, these can't be explicitly categorised as pirated and can very well be used accounts being sold by previous owners. But hacked and phished accounts being sold using the same methods are not unheard of.
The listings have been taken down by both Amazon and Flipkart.