Dead Island: Epidemic was a zombie-themed PvE/PvP three-team MOBA by Stunlock Studios and Deep Silver. Despite being pretty much anti-MOBA, I thought it was kinda fun and enjoyed the few times I hopped into its beta.
The game shut down in October of 2015, but its legacy lives on — in my (and others’) Steam inventories. I had half a dozen beta keys for the game that could not be redeemed or deleted, so they sat there, clogging up my inventory, for the past year and a half. I wondered if they would be there forever, part of some cunning marketing ploy to keep a dead game at least partially “alive” — you know, like a zombie.
Thankfully, one enterprising Steam user came to my rescue. I read the heartwarming (and mildly insane) tale of CookieMisha on Reddit, who enjoyed DI:E so much that she decided to collect those useless beta keys — both for her own love of the cancelled game and to provide a service to users who wanted to clear them from their inventory. As she puts it,
Right now, these keys hold no value and many of them are still sitting in player inventories, the game is dead after all, completely unplayable. You know, Dead Island Epidemic had not had very bright history, but the community of dedicated players was great, and me, being part of it, I first though I would just collect the keys because I really loved the game, but then it just became a routine and I was happy for every key that came into my hands.
If you have excess Dead Island: Epidemic keys, you can exchange them with Misha via this Steam page.