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Why GameFront & JKFiles downloads don't work


Or: stop sending me PMs asking this

Lately, a very large number of people has been having trouble downloading from GameFront and JKFiles. I wasn't going to run an article on this, but I get so many questions about it I figured there's a demand. JKFiles is undeniably a very large part of the JKA modding scene, and this issue affects all JKFiles downloads.


A new policy

Some time ago, GameFront introduced a new policy: it no longer supports downloads from over 30 countries for (currently unspecified) legal reasons. If you are located in any of these countries, you will be unable to download any files from GameFront, and screenshots on JKFiles won't load.


Here is a full list of countries GameFront no longer supports, taken from their FAQ:



















Costa Rica






Russian Federation






The problem

These country bans are enforced by blocking IP addresses used by those countries. Unfortunately, this has the side effect of also blocking IP addresses used by people outside those countries - for example, neighboring countries. I'm in The Netherlands myself, and I'm blocked as well, for example.


Here is a comparison. On the left side is what happens when I load JKFiles using my IP address. On the right side, what happens when I load JKFiles using a completely different IP address that's not blocked.



What to do

GameFront recommends submitting a support ticket at https://breakmedia.zendesk.com/home if you are unable to download files/see screenshots on JKFiles even though you're outside the unsupported countries. If you're inside one of the listed countries, there's nothing you can do.


It's also possible to bypass the IP block by using a proxy, or the Tor browser, though the legality of this may differ from country to country.


Here's something Jeff (GameFront's community manager) posted on the subject:

[...]There have been many users who have submitted tickets since this new policy went into effect. I'm working as fast as I can and will answer every ticket I'm able to in an orderly fashion.


When submitting the ticket, please include example links of files you cannot access (in case it's an unrelated to topic issue) what the error message said (was it a 403 forbidden link, file not found, etc..) and country of origin. This will help remove replies related to asking for such information to proceed further.





FYI, to those who feel that they are entitled to be belligerent towards me in support, don't. It will not compel me to reply to your ticket any faster and if provoking enough, not get you a response at all. I'm trying to help you the best that I can. The least I ask is for a little respect when talking to me about your issue.




Update: GameFront has updated their list, as their old list was apparently not entirely accurate. Here is their list of territories you should be able to download from:

AD – Andorra

AE – United Arab Emirates

AF – Afghanistan

AG – Antigua and Barbuda

AI – Anguilla

AL – Albania

AM – Armenia

AN – Netherlands Antilles

AO – Angola

AQ – Antarctica

AS – American Samoa

AT – Austria

AU – Australia

AW – Aruba

AZ – Azerbaijan

BA – Bosnia and Herzegovina

BB – Barbados

BD – Bangladesh

BE – Belgium

BF – Burkina Faso

BG – Bulgaria

BH – Bahrain

BI – Burundi

BJ – Benin

BM – Bermuda

BN – Brunei Darussalam

BO – Bolivia

BS – Bahamas

BT – Bhutan

BV – Bouvet Island

BW – Botswana

BY – Belarus

BZ – Belize

CA – Canada

CC – Cocos (Keeling) Islands

CD – Congo, Democratic Republic

CF – Central African Republic

CG – Congo

CH – Switzerland

CI – Cote D’lvoire (Ivory Coast)

CK – Cook Islands

CM – Cameroon

CV – Cape Verde

CX – Christmas Island

CY – Cyprus

CZ – Czech Republic

DE – Germany

DJ – Djibouti

DK – Denmark

DM – Dominica

DO – Dominican Republic

DZ – Algeria

EE – Estonia

EH – Western Sahara

ER – Eritrea

ET – Ethiopia

FI – Finland

FJ – Fiji

FK – Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

FM – Micronesia

FO – Faroe Islands

GA – Gabon

GB – Great Britain (UK)

GD – Grenada

GE – Georgia

GF – French Guiana

GH – Ghana

GI – Gibraltar

GL – Greenland

GM – Gambia

GN – Guinea

GP – Guadeloupe

GQ – Equatorial Guinea

GR – Greece

GS – S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Isles.

GT – Guatemala

GU – Guam

GW – Guinea-Bissau

GY – Guyana

HM – Heard and McDonald Islands

HR – Croatia (Hrvatska)

IE – Ireland

IL – Israel

IO – British Indian Ocean Territory

IQ – Iraq

IR – Iran

IS – Iceland

JM – Jamaica

JO – Jordan

KE – Kenya

KG – Kyrgyzstan

KH – Cambodia

KI – Kiribati

KM – Comoros

KN – Saint Kitts and Nevis

KW – Kuwait

KY – Cayman Islands

KZ – Kazakhstan

LA – Laos

LB – Lebanon

LC – Saint Lucia

LI – Liechtenstein

LK – Sri Lanka

LR – Liberia

LS – Lesotho

LT – Lithuania

LU – Luxembourg

LV – Latvia

LY – Libya

MA – Morocco

MC – Monaco

MD – Moldova

ME – Montenegro

MG – Madagascar

MH – Marshall Islands

MK – F.Y.R.O.M. (Macedonia)

ML – Mali

MM – Myanmar

MN – Mongolia

MO – Macau

MP – Northern Mariana Islands

MQ – Martinique

MR – Mauritania

MS – Montserrat

MT – Malta

MU – Mauritius

MV – Maldives

MW – Malawi

MZ – Mozambique

NA – Namibia

NC – New Caledonia

NE – Niger

NF – Norfolk Island

NG – Nigeria

NI – Nicaragua

NL – Netherlands

NO – Norway

NP – Nepal

NR – Nauru

NU – Niue

NZ – New Zealand (Aotearoa)

OM – Oman

PA – Panama

PF – French Polynesia

PG – Papua New Guinea

PK – Pakistan

PM – St. Pierre and Miquelon

PR – Puerto Rico

PS – Palestinian Territory, Occupied

PW – Palau

PY – Paraguay

QA – Qatar

RE – Reunion

RW – Rwanda

SA – Saudi Arabia

SB – Solomon Islands

SC – Seychelles

SD – Sudan

SH – St. Helena

SI – Slovenia

SJ – Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

SK – Slovak Republic

SL – Sierra Leone

SM – San Marino

SN – Senegal

SO – Somalia

SR – Suriname

ST – Sao Tome and Principe

SV – El Salvador

SY – Syria

SZ – Swaziland

TC – Turks and Caicos Islands

TD – Chad

TF – French Southern Territories

TG – Togo

TJ – Tajikistan

TK – Tokelau

TM – Turkmenistan

TN – Tunisia

TO – Tonga

TT – Trinidad and Tobago

TV – Tuvalu

TZ – Tanzania

UA – Ukraine

UG – Uganda

UM – US Minor Outlying Islands

US – United States

UZ – Uzbekistan

VA – Vatican City State (Holy See)

VC – Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

VG – British Virgin Islands

VI – Virgin Islands (U.S.)

VU – Vanuatu

WF – Wallis and Futuna Islands

WS – Samoa

YE – Yemen

YT – Mayotte

ZA – South Africa

ZM – Zambia

ZW – Zimbabwe

If you are not in any of these territories, you will most likely not be able to download from GameFront.

By Caelum, in Community News,

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That site has been doing nothing but falling apart over the past 1-2 years.

I used to get on it regularly, but not anymore.. not since they started having all their issues and weren't fixing 3/4th's of them.

They are honestly really stupid for banning all of those Countries from being able to use the site.


Maybe they should stop blocking Countries and spend their time actually fixing the damn site.

Maybe then they'd become like they used to be, but until then I don't see it lasted much longer.

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I'm from one of those countries on the list....


So that explains why sometimes things are super screwed up >.< but when I try a day or two - or a week later xD - it usually works again. The only current problem for me is that I gotta refresh once i get to the site 'cause for some reason it's showing old stuffs...

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The only current problem for me is that I gotta refresh once i get to the site 'cause for some reason it's showing old stuffs...

That's a common problem -- all countries have that, and it's Gamefront's fault.

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All the bugs (It's almost unuseable at this point) are why I came here. I released PK Training Academy there back on January 27. It didn't get added to the site until February 4 and due to them not updating the front page, I didn't know it got posted until February 8. Looking now it appears someone is at least TRYING to get their crap together cause they have updated the front page and lokie look! My map is one of 2 under latest files that get featured screenshots. Nice try I suppose but they have still lost me. I like it here, its friendlier.

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I still go back from time to time, comb through the broken pages to try and see if there's anything I missed, anything I can use for my films... Things I may not have thought of. I really prefer JKHub though and I look forward to it surpassing the number of files JK3files has. I'm also so glad to see people still active in the community, and such a nice clean interface here.

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strange, it always worked for me...still does, though there's not much activity that I can see...

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I have no idea why people keep deciding to bump a three year old thread. Gamefront is long dead, they don't even do news anymore. Expect the domain to die within the next two or three years.

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