2K Stops Disk-To-Steam Borderlands Conversions 1 Day Before Game of The Year Upgrade Announcement

2K Stops Disk-To-Steam Borderlands Conversions 1 Day Before Game of The Year Announcement

2K Stops Disk-To-Steam Borderlands Conversions 1 Day Before Game of The Year Upgrade Announcement

Disk-based games are safe, right? Surely they are not at risk of server shutdowns, rendering them unplayable or otherwise hampering my ability to play my legitimately purchased copy? Well, no. Borderlands disk-based version and its use of SecuROM has made physical editions of the game playable.  

Before now, owners of the disk-based version of Borderlands were able to convert their disk-based version of the game to a Steam-based copy, granting access to the game using the Steam client. Problem solved, I can turn my old disk-based copy of Borderlands into a Steam version, right? Wrong!

Two days ago, on March 27th, 2K Games removed their “Borderlands Granting Tool” from Steam, preventing legitimate owners of Borderlands from converting their unplayable physical copies into playable Steam versions. If you didn’t redeem your Steam copy of Borderlands on Steam before March 27th, you are stuck with your unplayable disk version. 

Yesterday, Gearbox and 2K announced that owners of the Steam-based version of Borderlands would get a free upgrade to the title’s Game of the Year Edition on April 3rd, granting them access to free DLC for the game alongside other new features (more information here). This announcement came one day after the “Borderlands Granting Tool” was removed from Steam, leaving us to conclude that Gearbox and 2K are wilfully denying owners disk-based copies of Borderlands access to the title’s “Game of the Year Edition”. 

The dates of this announcement and the removal of the Borderlands Granting Tool are too close to be called a mere coincidence. What Gearbox and 2K have done is deny disk-based owners of Borderlands access to their game, not just their free Game of the Year Edition upgrade. Owners of the disk-based version of Borderlands must now repurchase the game to access it, which is not a consumer-friendly move from Gearbox/2K.  

  

2K Stops Disk-To-Steam Borderlands Conversions 1 Day Before Game of The Year Announcement  

If you own a disk-based copy of Borderlands, you may be able to get help from 2K’s support services, though at this time we do not know if they will be able to help you. As it stands, disk-based copies of Borderlands are unplayable, and owners of them have been denied access to Steam copies of the game through 2K’s removal of their “Borderlands Granting Tool”. 

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