Earlier this week it was revealed that Ubisoft were deactivating keys for some of its games without informing players. The fraudulent game keys that Ubisoft are deactivating have been revealed to be coming from an unusual source.
Ubisoft have spoken to Eurogamer, telling them that keys deactivated in this instance "were recently purchased from EA’s Origin" platform.
“We confirmed activation keys were recently purchased from EA’s Origin store using fraudulent credit card information and then resold online,” said Ubisoft.
“These keys may have been deactivated. Customers who may have been impacted should contact the vendor where they purchased the key for a refund.”
All Ubisoft games have been removed from Origin following EA confirming Ubisoft's statement to be true.
A statement to Eurogamer from EA says:
"A number of activation keys for Ubisoft products were purchased from Origin using fraudulent credit cards, and then resold online. We identified the unauthorised keys and notified Ubisoft.
"If you are having trouble with an activation key, we recommend you contact the vendor who sold it to you for a refund. We strongly advise players only purchase keys from Origin or trusted resellers. More information on our policy is available here: http://help.ea.com/en/article/should-i-purchase-my-ea-downloadable-games-from-cd-key-sellers/ "