Earlier this week a five-minute glitch during GOG's Linux promotion accidentally made a bunch of games free on the site. A couple of thousand games were unintentionally given away through the site before the mistake was corrected, according to a spokesperson.
The mistake spurred a thread on the site's forums with the lucky recipients of the free games, including one person who picked up 21 titles for free, notifying GOG and asking for the games they didn't pay for to be removed from their accounts.
"I clicked on the promo and there were no prices listed to the right," one commenter wrote. "So, I checked the game cards of the four titles that were on my wishlist and they all said free. Out of curiosity, I went to checkout and ended up with the Blake Stone games, Sword of the Samurai and Colonization for free.
"I like free but I like GOG more."
GOG quickly fixed the mistake and then emailed the people who received the free games, letting them know they were free to keep them.
Thank you for your honesty. Yesterday, due to a small glitch on our end, you and a bunch of other lucky people ended up getting games from the Linux Launch promo for free. Don't worry, though, as it's totally cool with us and you may keep them. Yes, we will not be removing these titles from your account and we do hope you will enjoy them! :)
Of course, if you prefer, like some of our community members, we can always remove them your shelf - just let us know replying to this email. Again, there's no problem if you want to keep them :)
Your GOG.com Team