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GOG updates refund policy to include games that are played up to 30 days after purchase

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The games distribution platform GOG updated its refund policy today, expanding it to a flat 30-day refund period. This even applies to games that have been played, though GOG has stated it retains the right to review individual refund requests and deny them should it find a reason to.
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GOG is one of the most popular games distribution platforms, mainly due to its sale of games without any kind of DRM. A new update to the business’s refund policy may boost its popularity even more. GOG now offers a full refund on any game up to 30 days after purchase, even for titles that have been launched and played.

The new refund policy applies to all games, even those that were purchased as a pre-order or games in development. If a player decides that a title just isn’t working out, they can contact GOG’s customer support team to request a full refund, even if the game has been played. The only official restriction seems to be the 30-day time limit after the purchase is made.

The refund policy is quite a bit more generous than Steam’s refund policy, which limits refunds to 14 days after purchase and only applies to titles that have been played for two hours or fewer. 

That isn’t to say that gamers can purchase and refund games carelessly. GOG is well aware of the potential abuses that can happen under this new system, especially considering the company sells games without any kind of DRM. It would be trivial for someone to purchase a game, make a backup, and request a refund of the title. 

To that end, GOG has issued a few caveats (or perhaps warnings) in an FAQ about the new policy:

We're monitoring the effects of the current update to make sure no one is using this policy to hurt the developers that put their time and heart into making great games. We may refuse refunds in such individual cases. We'd also let you know about any future adjustments in the voluntary Refund Policy in advance.... We trust that you're making informed purchasing decisions and will use this updated voluntary Refund Policy only if something doesn't work as you expected. This is why there are no limits but instead, we reserve the right to refuse refunds in individual cases. Please respect all the time and hard work put into making the games you play and remember that refunds are not reviews. If you finished the game and didn't like it, please consider sharing your opinion instead. Also, please don't take advantage of our trust by asking for an unreasonable amount of games to be refunded. Don't be that person. No one likes that person.

What do you think of GOG’s new refund policy? Does it give GOG a competitive advantage, or is it too generous? Let us know in the comments. 

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2020-02-27 (Update: 2020-02-27)