A scalper group in the UK has allegedly got its hands on over 2,000 PS5s from a recent restock of Sony’s new console at GAME.
GAME issued a significant restock of the PS5 earlier today, which featured various bundle deals offering two games and a console and various other deals. Shoppers flocked to the site and ended up waiting in queues of over one hour in length, although the consoles sold out in under 10 minutes.
Inevitably, reports quickly started hitting social media about how users were able to use a bot software known as Carnage to secure multiple PS5s to sell at a profit later down the line. The social media account for Carnage bot later said that its users notched up over 2,0000 checkouts at GAME.
Not long after, a number of users flocked to the Carnage bot Twitter to criticism their efforts and plead for GAME to cancel its orders. This resulted in Carnage locking its profile.
Fortunately, GAME has since responded and looks set to check its preorders to make sure only one item is reserved per customer:
PlayStation 5’s continue to be in very high demand and that demand far outweighs current supply. We have strong measures in place to help ensure that our ‘1 per customer’ statement is maintained to allow for as many individual customers to successfully purchase as possible.
All pre-orders are subject to automatic checks and order updates such as cancellations following these checks take place after a customer will have received a valid order confirmation email. At the present time these orders are still pre-orders and as such no payments have yet been taken from customers. Payments will commence once our order checks have been completed.
Carnage is relatively new having launched back in September 2020, and usually sets its sights on footwear and Disney merchandise to resell for profit. They later targeted PS5 and Xbox Series X/S following the consoles’ November 2020 launch, and have said its members have made hundreds of thousands in profits by reselling them.
Bots like Carnage are able to circumvent online queues to allow them to get easy access to popular items on online stores.
[Source – VGC]