GoG.com will no longer use IP addresses to determine customers' location

The PC game download store GoG.com has been a leader in offering classic PC games for purchase and download without any DRM protection. Now the team behind the site, CD Projekt, has announced that it has gone one step further to give its customers some more privacy. Today the site announced that it has updated its online privacy policy and will no longer use a customer's IP address to determine where a customer is buying a game from.

In its statement GoG.com said it had several reasons for its decision. One was that a person might be somewhere other than his or her home country, perhaps on vacation, when they decide to purchase a game on the site. GoG.com states, "In this case, automatic IP address capture might change the price or the content of the game they’re ordering (such as the default language of the installer)." Also IP addresses can report locations incorrectly sometimes. Finally there's the matter of privacy with GoG.com saying, "Effective privacy protections for our users means that any data that we don’t need to collect, we shouldn’t."

So as a result, any current or future purchases from GoG.com will only require that the customer inform the web site manually as to where they are purchasing their games from. That basically means that the site is trusting their own customer to tell them the truth as to where they are when they decided to purchase and download games from the site.

In related news, GoG.com's next major game release will be The Witcher. The 2007 released fantasy RPG will be priced for a limited time at just $4.99 when it is made available on the site starting on Tuesday. It will also have a ton of free extras  and content, including items not available anywhere else.

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Using GoG to buy some of the best games out there ... they do not make them as good as used to and GoG sells the at bargain prices (1-2 promotions a week as well) with multiple additional stuff (like soundtracks, maps, wallpapers etc) without protections (HELL YEAH), that's why I love them, I bought 20 games off them and plan buy twice that much, some of games owning 4th copy (Fallout 2 for example),

well deserved for best user-friendly gaming experience (unlike most devs nowadays or Steam games!)

Plus can play Heroes of Might and Magic 2, both Baldur's Gate, both Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment on my Android so additional reason to buy those games! (and there's a chance to see Fallout 2 coming) ... so yes, all of you gamers who love those games - get slimmer by not buying yourself lunch tomorrow and spent those money on a game tomorrow @ gog.com - double pleasure

SHADOW-XIII said,
Using GoG to buy some of the best games out there ... they do not make them as good as used to and GoG sells the at bargain prices (1-2 promotions a week as well) with multiple additional stuff (like soundtracks, maps, wallpapers etc) without protections (HELL YEAH), that's why I love them, I bought 20 games off them and plan buy twice that much, some of games owning 4th copy (Fallout 2 for example),

well deserved for best user-friendly gaming experience (unlike most devs nowadays or Steam games!)

Plus can play Heroes of Might and Magic 2, both Baldur's Gate, both Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment on my Android so additional reason to buy those games! (and there's a chance to see Fallout 2 coming) ... so yes, all of you gamers who love those games - get slimmer by not buying yourself lunch tomorrow and spent those money on a game tomorrow @ gog.com - double pleasure

They should hire you as customer relations/advertiser, just sayin'

Na in all honesty it really is a good service!

Interesting to see if this lasts. I can't see publishers being too happy about it though they generally deal in the old stuff, may put a dampener on the new stuff. I guess the new games are few and far between. A great dev like CD Projekt who make Witcher DRM free for example can control how things play out as they publish it too.

/dreams of day when DRM free is the norm.

oceanmotion said,
Interesting to see if this lasts. I can't see publishers being too happy about it though they generally deal in the old stuff, may put a dampener on the new stuff. I guess the new games are few and far between. A great dev like CD Projekt who make Witcher DRM free for example can control how things play out as they publish it too.

/dreams of day when DRM free is the norm.

Absolutely every game they offer is not restricted / censored, except for The Witcher 2. That was the main reason for changing the policy.

"That basically means that the site is trusting their own customer to tell them the truth as to where they are"

Considering all their games are DRM-free I would say the company is fairly trusting of its users. Besides, only honest and trustworthy people actually PAY for their games in the first place

Love GOG.com.

necrosis said,
I wonder if this is also (a bit) in response to AU censoring Witcher 2 in AU as well as AU's price hike.

Well us Europeans aren't getting off easier either. But now I can freely change my country to UK and get the lower price. But I'll probably be buying the game from Amazon.

morphen said,

well, you didn't post it in backpage news, so the jokes on you

They often don't credit posts from the backpage news. They usually say something along the lines that you have to submit the news through some kind of form of whatever