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[MAJOR] Bots keep taking the giveaways

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When will it change?

I logged in every day, the same times at 3 different times of the day. Games such as Evil Genius, Street Fighter, SystemShock, etc.. were all quickly swooped by no other than bots. The Level-caps are just too low and are in favor of the Bots, anyone can get over lv 2-7 in just a few weeks making it easy for them to bypass it.

it sucks for those who are actual real users who were expecting giveaways after being in this and contributing to it for so long. 

{disclaimer: I'm naive and ignorant}

(naive)Suggestion

  1. Make us do some little fun mini-games to unlock the "get key" button, this way it would slow down bots and scalpers from maximizing their scummy exploitation
  2. Phone Number, 2FA, and/or account connections should be a requirement. This should prevent multiple accounts from being created.
  3. Referral codes suggestion to bring in new users?

Do you guys feel the same way? send your suggestions and concerns so that it may help the admins make AWA better.

EDIT:

Realities of Free sites:

  • Apparently, AWA, don't control the lv-cap
  • Captcha Does exist and prevents thousands of scalpers.
  • regions-control isn't AWA's decision.

"We've put so much time and $$$ into bot prevention over the years and believe me, it's made a huge difference. But it's practically impossible to 100% stop it.  Every time we patch one thing, a new one is found. We resolve that, and another way is figured out.  Running a site that gives away a ton of valuable games and items as its main feature, for free, is a constant war against malicious actors." - Cartire The Sheriff

and

In regards to Cartie The Sheriff, Admin, Thank You for the Admin's work for preventing the 10k-20k account from hogging multiple copies of the Keys. I understand that it is near impossible for 100% prevention to stop as there will always be small critters who exploiting the system. Indeed we are naive of what you do behind the scene.

 

Dear Admins, If this Thread would help future outroar from happening, would you pin this thread?

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Pfyzer you said:

"anyone can get over lv 2-7 in just a few weeks"

I invited a friend to sign up to AWA during the Gato Roboto giveaway in May of last year and he got Level 5 that same day. You can pretty much get Level 2 as a new user in a day or a few hours and it looks like it really kills these level 2+ giveaways. The Gato Roboto giveaway was for new AWA users only through the Publisher Devolver Digital, it was never on the giveaway page.

I been following this thread at steamgifts where people replied with how many keys were left at the time:

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2

[This reply says there were 700 keys 40 minutes ago while writing my reply and now there are none!]

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2/search?page=2#5Yqe8ZB

WTF!

Full disclousure:  I didn't get a key for Evil Genius or System Shock Enhanced Edition and pretty much  haven't gotten any of the level 2+ giveaways. Even today I am only on here because of my lunch break.

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I got the key for Evil Genius (200+ left when i took mine), but didn't even know about the giveway, just randomly logged in, saw it and claimed, i was really surprised that i actually got a key after a long time now, and i 100% agree with you, we need a different concept for the giveaways and once and for all to remove these bots!


Lazzaridis said:

I got the key for Evil Genius (200+ left when i took mine), but didn't even know about the giveway, just randomly logged in, saw it and claimed, i was really surprised that i actually got a key after a long time now, and i 100% agree with you, we need a different concept for the giveaways and once and for all to remove these bots!

YOU'RE LUCKY, I envy you, congrats on getting it tho!


drivereleven said:

Pfyzer you said:

"anyone can get over lv 2-7 in just a few weeks"

I invited a friend to sign up to AWA during the Gato Roboto giveaway in May of last year and he got Level 5 that same day. You can pretty much get Level 2 as a new user in a day or a few hours and it looks like it really kills these level 2+ giveaways. The Gato Roboto giveaway was for new AWA users only through the Publisher Devolver Digital, it was never on the giveaway page.

I been following this thread at steamgifts where people replied with how many keys were left at the time:

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2

[This reply says there were 700 keys 40 minutes ago while writing my reply and now there are none!]

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2/search?page=2#5Yqe8ZB

WTF!

Full disclousure:  I didn't get a key for Evil Genius or System Shock Enhanced Edition and pretty much  haven't gotten any of the level 2+ giveaways. Even today I am only on here because of my lunch break.

edited 3h

yea what i was a bit of a hyperbole, but you get my frustration and just like you, we've been here for a long time to get where we are,


drivereleven said:

Pfyzer you said:

"anyone can get over lv 2-7 in just a few weeks"

I invited a friend to sign up to AWA during the Gato Roboto giveaway in May of last year and he got Level 5 that same day. You can pretty much get Level 2 as a new user in a day or a few hours and it looks like it really kills these level 2+ giveaways. The Gato Roboto giveaway was for new AWA users only through the Publisher Devolver Digital, it was never on the giveaway page.

I been following this thread at steamgifts where people replied with how many keys were left at the time:

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2

[This reply says there were 700 keys 40 minutes ago while writing my reply and now there are none!]

https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/bEjNY/free-steam-evil-genius-alienware-level-2/search?page=2#5Yqe8ZB

WTF!

Full disclousure:  I didn't get a key for Evil Genius or System Shock Enhanced Edition and pretty much  haven't gotten any of the level 2+ giveaways. Even today I am only on here because of my lunch break.

edited 3h

i also want to know how your friend reached lv 5 in the same day... i'd like to get those ARP lol


Im still hunting for those special key pools Im susposed to have access to at the level Im at.....

 


crowz said:

Im still hunting for those special key pools Im susposed to have access to at the level Im at.....

 

I know what you mean. I'm at Master Silver Level and I haven't got a key from a giveaway in a whole year. I'm even going to be Gold soon, probably about a month away.


Pfyzer said:

i also want to know how your friend reached lv 5 in the same day... i'd like to get those ARP lol

It was because of the special giveaway I think. He made an account with the Devlover Digital referral link and he was already level 3 or 4 after his first login and then he did the daily quests got level 5. I was very....impressed? astonished? disappointed? pissed off?....not sure what emotion I had maybe all of them. Long story short he hasn't logged in much since that time, he is stuck or idling at level 7.  


drivereleven said:
Pfyzer said:

i also want to know how your friend reached lv 5 in the same day... i'd like to get those ARP lol

It was because of the special giveaway I think. He made an account with the Devlover Digital referral link and he was already level 3 or 4 after his first login and then he did the daily quests got level 5. I was very....impressed? astonished? disappointed? pissed off?....not sure what emotion I had maybe all of them. Long story short he hasn't logged in much since that time, he is stuck or idling at level 7.  

im sorry what! a Dev Digital Ref link? where do we get that. But yea, I'd bee pissed and jealous too

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Pfyzer said:
drivereleven said:
Pfyzer said:

i also want to know how your friend reached lv 5 in the same day... i'd like to get those ARP lol

It was because of the special giveaway I think. He made an account with the Devlover Digital referral link and he was already level 3 or 4 after his first login and then he did the daily quests got level 5. I was very....impressed? astonished? disappointed? pissed off?....not sure what emotion I had maybe all of them. Long story short he hasn't logged in much since that time, he is stuck or idling at level 7.  

im sorry what! a Dev Digital Ref link? where do we get that. But yea, I'd bee pissed and jealous too

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https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/oCDM2/free-gato-roboto-on-alienware

[http://devolver.link/GatoAW]

Pretty sure it is dead now and it was only for "new accounts."

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