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Game Dev Tycoon Fights Pirates with Piracy

Posted on April 30, 2013 AT 05:12pm

Business simulator Game Dev Tycoon launched on Windows, Mac, and Linux over the weekend—along with a cracked version distributed purposefully by the developers.

A few hours into playing the cracked version of Game Dev Tycoon, the title’s anti-piracy measures kick in, self-referential, tongue-in-cheek, and pretty damn clever.

“Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally,” reads a sales report from the pirated version of Game Dev Tycoon. “If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.”

Eventually, all future games produced by the player’s studio are heavily pirated until, inevitably, they are faced with bankruptcy. And because irony and idiocy knows no bounds, some of the pirates have taken to the Green Heart Games fourms asking: “Why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me!”

According to Green Heart Games, while humorous, this is the sad reality for the two-man company. Only 6.4 percent of their user base paid for Game Dev Tycoon—an $8 game. That’s 214 legitimate users, 3,104 pirating players.

“When I was younger, downloading illegal copies was practically normal but this was mostly because global game distribution was in its infancy,” co-creator Patrick Klug posted on the company’s blog. “We are not wealthy and it’s unlikely that we will be any time soon, so stop pretending like we don’t need your 8 dollars! We are just two guys working our butts off, trying to start our own game studio to create games which are fun to play.”

Source: Green Heart Games

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