Large number of Dirt 3 Steam codes leaked online

Most of the time, getting a download code for a free copy of a PC game can be a good thing. But according to reports on Valve's Steam forums, it looks like a recent promotion to give out free copies of Codemasters' May 2011 released off-road racing simulation Dirt 3 might have gotten out of hand. As first reported on Kotaku, a list of codes for the game has been freely released on the Internet after having been found on a web server.

The promo codes were part of a deal with graphics chip and processor maker AMD. In short, if you purchased an AMD Radeon-based graphics card you got a free Steam download code for Dirt 3 for your trouble. It's not clear if the Steam game code list was found on AMD or Codemasters' web server. It's also not clear how many codes were actually leaked out. The first report from Kotaku claimed that the list had a massive 3 million codes. However later it changed that number to "just" 250,000 after actually seeing the list themselves. People who try to use those codes might want to keep in mind that Valve can, and likely will, shut down access to those digital copies of Dirt 3.

This is not the first time this year that Codemasters has had some issues with web servers. Back in June 2011 the UK-based game publisher suffered from a massive cyber attack that caused the company to completely shut down its main Codemasters.com web site. The site is still not back online; web surfers who head to the Codemasters.com URL are redirected to the company's Facebook page. There's still no word on when, or even if, the full web site will be restored.

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OK, it's confirmed; they're not banning accounts, they're simply just removing the game from accounts that redeemed with a leaked key.

Guys, keep in mind Steam knows what hardware you have too. If you're playing the game using a Radeon card, and you got a free code, you probably won't have anything to worry about. Just my guess though.

IceBreakerG said,
Guys, keep in mind Steam knows what hardware you have too. If you're playing the game using a Radeon card, and you got a free code, you probably won't have anything to worry about. Just my guess though.

So then I am safe, got an OC XFX 6850 with Dirt 3 Promo (I could have chosen Deus Ex but I didn't), I was worried, now i remembered that steam does keep my hardware info.

Thank You.

Don't worry, guys, your accounts won't be suspended / banned.

Also, who the **** puts CD keys in gamename.com/keys. Nice job there!

I actually did this (got my free copy of Dirt3) this morning, then i come here and read this! I haven`t actually downloaded and installed it yet, but hopefully everything will be fine.
Actually i didn`t even know i had the free game until i registered the card for the warranty. First off i was like, result, now i`m not so sure!!!

Same here. Just got HD6850. Yet to download the game and this news is out

If my key is blacklisted, imma gonna actively pirate it.

sanke1 said,
Same here. Just got HD6850. Yet to download the game and this news is out

If my key is blacklisted, imma gonna actively pirate it.

It's not piracy if you already own it. And, technically, you do

AFineFrenzy said,

It's not piracy if you already own it. And, technically, you do

Yes it is, and that's why it's bullcrap.

And what if you actually got the code inside a Radeon box ?

I just bought a Radeon 6950 and already activated my Dirt3 copy and downloaded it. I hope my code was not part of the ones leaked.

Well that's annoying, does that mean that when I buy my ATI graphics card in a few weeks time, that my Dirt 3 steam code will not work as it's already been used? I assume they'll give me another code?

It begs the question though.... why the heck of these codes even on a web server to begin with? Idiots.

TCLN Ryster said,
Well that's annoying, does that mean that when I buy my ATI graphics card in a few weeks time, that my Dirt 3 steam code will not work as it's already been used? I assume they'll give me another code?

It begs the question though.... why the heck of these codes even on a web server to begin with? Idiots.

Indeed indeed!

I'm glad I already own D3 though, but dang what a farce this is...

TCLN Ryster said,

It begs the question though.... why the heck of these codes even on a web server to begin with? Idiots.

Because the steam codes are not inside the box.

When i bought my XFX Radeon 6950 i got a code after registering it. I had to enter a code found inside the box to register it as well as the SN but the actual steam code was not inside the box. I registered my Radeon 6950 on XFX web site and i got a code and a link to fill a form to get a steam code to download the game.

So basically you have a code inside the box to register the card, registering it gives you another code and a link, after you need to fill a form and you get the final steam code to download the game.

Directly from the Steam TOS:

Piracy or Hacking

This includes using an unauthorized ("hacked") Steam client to access Steam, attempting to register fake CD Keys or attempting to register a CD Key which has been published on the internet.

xendrome said,
Directly from the Steam TOS:

Piracy or Hacking

This includes using an unauthorized ("hacked") Steam client to access Steam, attempting to register fake CD Keys or attempting to register a CD Key which has been published on the internet.


So anybody who uses one of these keys is liable to have their Steam account terminated? Brilliant

Well so long as when I try to use the one provided with my graphics card next month, my steam account isn't disabled too

xendrome said,
Directly from the Steam TOS:

Piracy or Hacking

This includes using an unauthorized ("hacked") Steam client to access Steam, attempting to register fake CD Keys or attempting to register a CD Key which has been published on the internet.

Pirates could use a new steam accounts.

TCLN Ryster said,

So anybody who uses one of these keys is liable to have their Steam account terminated? Brilliant

Well so long as when I try to use the one provided with my graphics card next month, my steam account isn't disabled too

It is the same thing. Your key is in there.

xendrome said,
Directly from the Steam TOS:

Piracy or Hacking

This includes using an unauthorized ("hacked") Steam client to access Steam, attempting to register fake CD Keys or attempting to register a CD Key which has been published on the internet.


Well, in this case, it looks like all they're doing is removing the game from accounts that redeemed a leaked key. No one has been banned. https://twitter.com/#!/Ste...t/status/111206115672465408

But just in case you're still feeling a bit uneasy about the whole thing, and you redeemed a leaked key, open up a support ticket saying you got the key from a friend and didn't know it was from the leaked list, ask them to remove the game from your account, and they will do it.

If you end up with the lists, I wouldn't use the keys if you value your Steam account and playing online... not saying it will happen, but not worth the risk.