Game Dev Tycoon.


Piracy is an issue all games developers have to deal with, some choose to do so with the use of DRM or CD keys while others, like Game Dev Tycoon creator’s Greenheart Games are a little more original.
“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. I uploaded the torrent to the number one torrent sharing site, gave it a description imitating the scene and asked a few friends to help seed it.”
The cracked version of  Game Dev Tycoon is nearly identical to the full game apart from one detail, Greenheart Games explains.
“As torrent version players grow their own dev company, eventually they will receive an in-game message warning them about the amount of players stealing their virtual game. Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high chance to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt,”
The developers would go on the claim that since Game Dev Tycoon release a number of players have posted topics about the game being “unfair” and if it were possible to research “virtual DRM” an irony not lost on Greenheart Games
“As a gamer I laughed out loud: the IRONY!!! However, as the developer, who spent over a year creating this game and hasn’t drawn a salary yet, I wanted to cry. Surely, for most of these players, the $8 dollars wouldn’t hurt them but it makes a huge difference to our future. If pirates are put through more trouble than genuine customers, maybe more will buy the real game. Sadly, for AAA games it is currently the other way. Customers get the trouble with always-on requirements and intrusive DRM, while pirates can just download and enjoy. A twisted world.”

Game Dev Tycoon


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