Crazy Free Weekends are here to stay, but there are problems we can’t ignore, the biggest of which are bot attacks. Listening to your feedback, soon we will start to introduce improvements — along with fun new things you can spend NinjaKrowns on. In the meantime, we bring you a Special Edition of Crazy Free Weekends.
First, let us say this: it sucks to see your work undermined by fraudsters who use bots to grab games during the free weekends. We just want these events to be fun for everyone. We’ve been gaming since forever — some of us since the days of NES, Commodore 64 and Atari 2600. Now that Kinguin is successful enough to give you something more than a marketplace, we want to take this step. We want to give you free games, because if we can, why shouldn’t we? It’s something we ourselves would like to see.
But it would be naive to think that no one will try to abuse our intentions, right?
You saw it back on Weekend 0, when we were simply overrun by bots. Captcha and some other mechanisms were introduced to fight them, and for some time it seemed to work, but the problem raised its nasty head again. We can’t ignore this.
We’ve been doing our best to fix all the problems. Did we always succeed? Nope, because this is something new. As far as we know, there is nothing like Crazy Free Weekends out there — a weekly giveaway with dozens of thousands of free games! These are uncharted waters, there is no handbook. We’re writing it as we go. But that’s what makes us tick.
Back in 2013, there was no open marketplace for Steam keys. We were the first one. And we also stumbled in the beginning, finding our way and fighting scammers, but eventually we did it. With you! Because you were patient enough to stick with us in these early days, and helped us to find out what should be done.
Now we are trying something new with Crazy Free Weekends. You often ask us if there will be another one. The answer is: YES. The idea is that it’s Kinguin’s new DNA — a free economy for gamers.
Free games are just the first step. Soon you’ll see new things that you can spend your NinjaKrowns on. But we need to take it step by step, because we know very well that there will always be someone trying to exploit it.
We have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to prevent fraudsters from claiming YOUR games. But know that we won’t cancel these events. On the contrary, they will grow. We just need time, and your understanding.
That’s why this Crazy Free Weekend will be different.
We need to take a break to program and implement new mechanics and safety measures. We think it’s something you’re going to like – it’s one of your ideas! The way you use NinjaKrowns to claim games will be a bit different, as you suggested.
In the meantime, this weekend we invite you to a Special Edition of Crazy Free Weekends.
The Beloved Classics Edition!
This time you will be able to claim HUGE discounts with your NinjaKrowns, up to -70%, on the most beloved (and often underrated) classic games. These will be games totally worth playing, most of them in the best edition out there, now cheap as chips.
- Far Cry 2: Fortune’s Edition
- Supreme Commander
- Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition
- Mad Max
- Minecraft Windows 10
- Watch Dogs
- Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection
- Diablo 2
- Thief Collection
- Thief Simulator
- SIMS 4
- BIoshock Triple Pack
- Prince of Persia Complete Pack
- Call of Duty: World at War
- Diablo 3 Battlechest
- Titanfall 2
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Rocket League
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Grand Theft Auto Complete Bundle
Why these titles? These are the games that you told us you remember fondly and would love to replay. Now’s the chance. They will be dirt cheap with NinjaKrowns and our Triple-A discounts.
We think it’s the best way to take this break we need to regroup and reinforce, while still providing you something nice in the spirit of Crazy Free Weekends. Also, the fact that you’ll have to spend some money (not much!) on a game should stop any dirty tricks. And for the following weeks, we are preparing new free mechanics that should help us get rid of the fraudsters.
Remember when in the 90s first person shooters didn’t have mouse support?
Or when third person games had tank controls? That’s because these were new genres, something no one had tried before. At that point some things simply weren’t yet invented.
We’re in the 90s of Crazy Free Weekends right now, but we’ll make them smooth. You will see the first changes in the upcoming weeks. For now, we ask you to bear with us. If you haven’t grabbed a free game yet, there will be another weeks, with new safety measures.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy your Beloved Classics discounts. As always, post your opinions and ideas. Speak your mind, because this helps us a lot. Give us a list of games you’d like to see. And most of all, share Crazy Free Weekends with your friends. The more true gamers are here, the better.
Love the Game!