In-game piracy mechanic leaves thieves fuming at Game Dev Tycoon
Greenheart Games has targeted pirates of its IP, Game Dev Tycoon, through a modified version of the game it uploaded to a torrent.
According to Greenheart Games co-founder Patrick Klug, the cracked version of the business simulation game was released with key differences compared to the version consumers paid for. The player plays the game by building up their development studio, creating new IPs and selling them. However, in the pirated version a message soon starts to appear that reads, “Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally.
“If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.”
This continues to worsen until the player’s company actually does go bust.
Unwittingly, many of the pirate users have taken to the internet to complain or seek help, asking whether or not they can research DRM to just to complain about in-game piracy. The irony of the situation is not lost on Klug, who said, “As a gamer I laughed out loud.
“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 wouldn’t hurt them but it makes a huge difference to our future!”
Klug also revealed that the cracked version contained code that allowed the indie developer to keep track of the number of people who pirated the game. He revealed, “Over 93.6 percent of players stole the game.” At the time of going to press, a mere 214 users had purchased the genuine version while at least 3,104 users had pirated it.
Game Dev Tycoon retails for $7.99 and is available for Mac, Linux and PC.
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