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Fatshark is giving away 100,000 copies of Lead and Gold, its Wild West online shooter

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Back in 2010, long before it made the surprise hit multiplayer shooter Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide, Fatshark created a Wild West-themed third-person team-based shooter called Lead and Gold. It was actually pretty decent, and while the player base has shrunk rather dramatically, it's still available for purchase on Steam for $10/£7. Or. if you're one of the first 100,000 (yes, 100,000) in line, you can just grab it for free. 

"We love Lead and Gold. It's the game that took us around the world to show that Swedish Vikings can make a cowboy game,” Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund said. And this freebie, according to the giveaway page, is simply to “spread the love”: Follow the studio on Twitter and give it your email address, and you'll get a Steam key in your email sometime within the next 24 hours. (The studio said the delay is the result of “heavy strain” on the giveaway. Apparently people like free stuff.) 

There's no indication of how many people have already requested keys (and thus how close to the end of the line you may be), but Fatshark said there's no luck of the draw involved: Everyone who enters the giveaway will get a key.   

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.