Indie Game Devs vs. Piracy

pirate-message

When we released our very first game, Game Dev Tycoon yesterday, we did something unusual and as far as I know unique. We released a cracked version of the game ourselves, minutes after opening our Store.

The cracked version is nearly identical to the real thing except for one detail … as players spend a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they will start to see the message pictured above, styled like any other in-game message.

And then the developers started looking up threads online where (pirate) users are complaining about them being affected by piracy and how hard it ruins them. Some hilarious stuff!

Above that I don’t see any reason why one would not buy it: it’s reasonably priced (7 EUR), DRM Free, and you can run it on the default threesome of platforms (Win/OS X/Linux).

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? →

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