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Darkest Dungeon is being sold illegally on Windows Store [Update: Not anymore]

Don't pick up the Windows Store version of Darkest Dungeon as you won't be getting what you bargain for.

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[Update: Microsoft has pulled the illegal version of Darkest Dungeon from the Windows Store. Here is what the company had to say via a spokesperson:

"We are aware of recent claims of "scam" or unauthorized versions of certain games being sold in the Windows Store. We take claims of intellectual property infringement seriously and review them in accordance with our standard procedures. We also continue to review the content of our Store periodically as described in our recent blog post, as we work to deliver a great customer experience and provide fair and transparent developer policies and enforcement."]

Darkest Dungeon is currently available on Steam for $19.99, which is why its Windows Store version that’s being sold for just $3.99 seems a tad off. Today, Red Hook Studios co-president Tyler Sigman has confirmed the Windows Store version of the game is an illegal copy.

The low price tag wasn’t the only red flag that should have been raised for those who were looking to purchase a Windows 8.1 version of the game as it lists Balaji Chowdary as the creator, while we know Red Hook Studios is its true creator. Another red flag is its extremely small 2MB file size.

As of this writing, the Windows Store version of Darkest Dungeon is still available to purchase, although Red Hook Studios is reportedly working with Microsoft to help take the illegal copy of the game.

If you’ve been considering picking up Darkest Dungeon, it’d be best you pay full price for it on Steam. Or, you could just wait for it to go on sale like every other Steam user.

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From The Chatty

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    February 23, 2015 11:20 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Darkest Dungeon is being sold illegally on Windows Store

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      February 23, 2015 11:32 AM

      What the fuck. How is this happening? :|

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        February 23, 2015 2:12 PM

        Simple Rice, MS can't keep track of every shit-stain scam-artist out there. It's up to us to report on bullshit like this.

        -Longscope

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          February 23, 2015 4:13 PM

          Which is precisely why I chose to write this story. The public and Microsoft need to know what's going on so things like this don't continue to happen.

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            February 24, 2015 7:55 AM

            Good on ya, Daniel.

            This is why I keep coming to the shack. Stuff like this.

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              February 24, 2015 8:58 AM

              Thanks, vertdang!

              Just so you know, they took it down. I updated the story to reflect that change.

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      February 23, 2015 12:25 PM

      What are they getting for a 2 MB Download?

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        February 23, 2015 12:44 PM

        Ransomware?

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        February 23, 2015 12:47 PM

        According to a reddit thread I saw yesterday, it's just malware. Not the actual game. Same guy has a bunch of similar stuff on the store, bunch of "games" that are actually just malware.

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          February 23, 2015 1:05 PM

          How is it malware/how does it function?

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          February 23, 2015 1:14 PM

          oops, didnt see this when i posted. sorry.

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      February 23, 2015 12:47 PM

      Please follow up. This is sad and I want to see a happy ending.

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      February 23, 2015 12:53 PM

      And people complain about the AppleStore vetting. Wth Microsoft? Don't you at least look at the product for 5 seconds?

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        February 23, 2015 12:57 PM

        free market something something

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        February 23, 2015 1:00 PM

        they do but it probably slipped through

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          February 23, 2015 1:02 PM

          i hope they at least scan the games for viruses or do some kind of security testing

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            February 23, 2015 1:05 PM

            what are the chances the file on their storefront is anything but a virus

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              February 23, 2015 1:06 PM

              Really high - I'm not sure how a modern app could really function as a virus ?

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                February 23, 2015 8:29 PM

                It could mine bitcoins when you have the app open, I guess. That doesn't really count though.

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            February 23, 2015 5:52 PM

            like how we found out you got herpes that one time back at 932?

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          February 23, 2015 1:12 PM

          apparently the guy who upped it has a load more fake titles on it as well :/

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          February 23, 2015 1:18 PM

          It's sad that this guy has slipped more than one illegal game through Microsoft's cracks.

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            February 23, 2015 4:34 PM

            ya, this is the one reason I commented. He has more than one app of this nature make it through.

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        February 23, 2015 9:08 PM

        Believe me the App Store has it's share of shitty scam apps as well.

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          February 23, 2015 9:52 PM

          I'm sure. Just couldn't believe this guy got 5 in

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            February 23, 2015 11:54 PM

            The Windows store isn't as much of a walled garden as the App Store, but it's also not as loosey goosey as Google Play. It's kind of in the middle.

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      February 24, 2015 8:48 AM

      Update: Microsoft has pulled the illegal version of Darkest Dungeon from Windows Store. I updated the story and included a statement from a company spokesperson.