We're very sad to announce that as of today Opium Pulses Loyalty Points have been disabled for purchasing games and software in the store due to the intense pressure we receive from users who increasingly and consistently commit acts of fraud against us, which in turn drains our funds and regularly halts positive development of our services.
Loyalty Points for the foreseeable future will only be valid to spend in the Treasure Trove and to enter Giveaways, while PayPal and account credit remain standard payment methods for the store.
We have been fighting this decision for many months and have always considered it an absolute last resort, but the latest bout of fraud brought us to breaking point and unfortunately the decision had to be made.
We continue to strive for the best possible experience for legitimate members and customers and apologise to any that this news has disappointed.
ShadowfehlerOctober 09, 2018
Sad to hear this news but I respect your decisions. I would suggest banning those members if possible. Are you negotiating the idea of reverting this change if and when things get better? Although a new member, I am here to support this site. Keep up the good work!
So now that I had just enough to get what I wanted, obviously the option gets removed. Great.
No previous warning or nothing, just rip people out of their objectives with their points. Thanks a bunch...
(I quite literally was going to buy the game with points today. Seriously my timing....)
tatoface replied to Residents evilOctober 12, 2018
My situation too :(
0 replied to Residents evilOctober 23, 2018
WTF! I log in everyday for this? R.I.P. My precious time. This is basically a scam
I feel so disappointing. First at all, i have buy a game mortal kombat x July but the system give me a duplicated key. I report to admin and the admin give me a duplicated key again. Then they give back my point and say will close for investigation so i decided to wait their result so i can buy the game again. Until now they don't even reply me what is the result of investigation and until now they disable point from store. Kinda feeling my effort collecting point is wasted. Everyday login and play game for only 10 points and now i already collected 79xx point which is useless now.
It's a real shame the actions of a selfish and greedy minority have effected the vast majority of our loyal users who do not abuse our services and respect what we are trying to build.
Unfortunately this was a do or die decision that we've been forced into. We hope to bring back store points at some point in the future when we can better tackle these attacks. In the meantime we're going to be moving over hundreds of games from the main Store to the Trove to enable point purchases on many more titles. This should hopefully help most people find a game they would like with the points they have earned.
The alternative option was to close down OP completely, so we hope you will agree this is the best option all round for everyone.
sad news for Loyal users
sad users for Loyal news
Time to make OP only available to access from US & EU. Fuck the rest.
Sorry Japan/China/Korea/etc, get your shit together first and clean your toilets :P
ObikaPleaseDontDisable replied to daedalus007October 13, 2018
Reading that made me feel like I've just lost a few IQ points.
If i knew points might became unusable i would look and use them for some game, why normal users are losing their points it is not fair, verify users and give them chance to use points.
SlipSlot replied to AlamarOctober 14, 2018
You're not the only one who would have used all their points at once given some warning, so would thousands of fraudsters and thousands of legitimate users, all at the same time, this would have killed our service and OP would be no longer, please understand that this decision was not about making more money, it was about keeping OP alive.
No users have lost their points and everyone still has the option to spend them, it just has to be on games in the trove and not in the store.
Well nm i used my points on game in trove so it is not so terrible ;]
Can you move all the store bundles (which mostly contain only trove games) to the trove for points like they used to be? I was going to pick up one of the store bundles, but can't now, and it's almost twice as many points to buy them individually in the trove.
On that note, does anyone know if the bundles give a single code for all the games included or individual codes? Thanks.
SlipSlot replied to mattoOctober 14, 2018
You're absolutely right all of these should have been moved to the trove, I've now done this. To answer your second question, all bundles deliver single keys.
I was going to get my first game with points tomorrow, I was missing 5 points...
Thank you for the announcement.
I have been with this site for almost 3 years, but even longer with Opium Pulses (even before their first site called sGs which was a collaboration with some other party). I have the utmost respect for OP Staff members as they always take the time to listen to the little guy (we, the users). They try their best to deliver good content, games, etc.
I now know that this measure has been the only way out of a nasty situation, caused by fraud authors.
We should support OP staff and their communities more than ever, instead of ranting and giving negative "feedback" (I speak from past experience). They are very decent people and deserve positivity, especially now. Before writing - keep in mind that you don't really lose anything and the functionality may get back in some way in the future, but even if it isn't - I am sure that OP didn't want to remove it just as much as us (the user-base).
Best Regards to all who read and also to all other OP members,
Two factor authentication that requires an actual mobile phone number.
There, you just eliminated your fraud instead of being a pidgeon to your entire (legit) userbase.
But ok then, keep justifying anti-gamer practices. People were getting too many points too easily so ya had to scrap it; I get it. Just be honest instead of this 'but FRAUD' stuff.
If the 'Giveaways' section had actual good games instead of 'removed Steam Page due to violations' trash "games" then I wouldn't mind this site so much.
Contact the devs of those games and see if you can get more than one 'winner' per week. Otherwise it is pure tedium and a waste of time. Working minimum wage in that time would get you enough to buy every single giveaway game and have money still left over.
A giveaway is won (first one in months) and I get the 'keys may not work' disclaimer thing.
Why would the keys not work? Why give out duplicate keys? Why would OP waste our time with that?
I thought OP was legitimately sourcing keys instead of obtaining them from dubious sources. If they can't obtain legit keys then don't permit that kind of giveaway.
What is even more disheartening is that both keys 'did not work' so I wonder where they came from. Why is OP permitting giveaways of non-legit keys?
LewisLol replied to daedalus007October 31, 2018
Please allow me to quote from the giveaway page itself:
"WE'RE GIVING AWAY LEFT OVER TROVE KEYS FOR CRACKHEAD ON STEAM AS THE DEVELOPER WITHDREW ON OUR DISTRIBUTION DEAL AND WE CAN NO LONGER RELY ON THE STOCK.
WE'RE MAKING SURE EVERYONE WHO ENTERS GETS TWO KEYS TO INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF GETTING A WORKING KEY, BUT WE'RE WARNING YOU NOW...
>>> YOUR KEY MIGHT NOT WORK, IT IS POT LUCK! <<<"
Information of a similar nature was also communicated within emails and in any announcements made about the giveaways.
All keys were bought directly from the developer, however, we have no control over whether the developer keeps to their end of the deal. The giveaway was put in place in order to attempt to make the most of a bad situation.
We apologize for this situation, although we have attempted to make it very clear as to why keys in these particular giveaways may not work.
So I wasted 3 years of my life with everyday login to have nothing to spend my points on, but useless troves and now when I finally have points and i'm close to 5000 giveaways achievment you removed the games for points. Good job! Also doing giveaways for games which keys are already a duplicate isn't any good! So overall there's nothing left here, neither giveaways nor games that I can spend my points on... And your prices are not as good as you think.. So who's gonna bring me my 3 years back?