Published on August 29th, 2011 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor
GameStop Gives $50 Gift Cards After Backpedaling on OnLive Coupons
The uber gaming retailer giant GamesStop has taken away a bit of the power that it gives players by pulling the free OnLive game coupons from gamers who purchased PC versions of Deus Ex: Human Revolution after an online controversy.
The PC copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution contained a special coupon for a free copy of the game from cloud gaming company OnLive, which the retailers at GameStop yanked as they didn’t want to promote OnLive as GameStop is reportedly testing it’s own game streaming service.
GameStop reports that they had no idea that the coupons were included, and that the publisher behind Deus Ex: HR, SquareEnix, had packaged the download code without informing the game retailer. Employees were then instructed to extract the code physically from every copy of the title in order to make sure that gamers wouldn’t use the codes to download a copy from OnLive.
As an apology to the gamers who purchased the PC versions, GameStop has issued a $50 gift card along with a two for one deal on used games to make up for the loss of a free version of the game via OnLive.