You might be familiar with game keys, but have you noticed how some patterns are followed by different platforms? Kinguin.ly teamed up with Bastian Vollmer, a Customer Support Specialist from Kinguin, to bring you this (useful? Perhaps) knowledge.
Steam keys usually follow these formats:
XXXXX – XXXXX – XXXXX – XXXXX – XXXXX
XXXXX – XXXXX – XXXXX
Why “usually”? Because there are some exceptions that don’t follow a pattern. Anyway, you can rely on the fact that if you see a 3×5 or a 5×5 key, it is most probably a Steam product.
On the other hand, Origin prefers to follow a different structure:
XXXX – XXXX – XXXX – XXXX
The four rows of four digits format can have its exceptions in Origin, though. For some products, especially DLCs and The Sims‘ expansions, the structure contains 20 digits:
XXXX – XXXX – XXXX – XXXX – XXXX
Blizzard’s platform differs from the others in a quite cool way. The keys there have 26 digits, usually following this structure:
XXXXXX – XXXX – XXXXXX – XXXX – XXXXXX
If you have OCD, you will probably hate seeing 19-characters-long keys – a common sight at Uplay:
XXX – XXXX – XXXX – XXXX – XXXX
However, in rare cases, Ubisoft borrows the structure from Origin, using 16 characters divided into four rows.
Where will I apply this knowledge?
Now that you know it you will hopefully have fewer issues with activating a key at a wrong platform. Maybe you can show off your knowledge to your friends, guessing where their specific keys are from, or even use it to join Kinguin’s support team? Click here to see the job application page.