Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:57 UTC
Google Without giving any detailed information, Madfinger Games announced that because the piracy rates of their game Dead Trigger were so high on Android, they made the game available for free. This sucks balls. I'm interested in more detailed statistics, especially where, exactly, the piracy rate is highest, considering you can only get paid Google Play applications in 31 countries, and then, often only with a credit card (which many people outside of the US don't have and/or use). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if those piracy rates mostly come from places without paid applications support and/or with lousy payment options. In any case, Google needs to get its act together with the Play Store.
Permalink for comment 527903
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by SVPirate on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 18:40 UTC
Member since:

Firstly you don't need a credit card, you need a valid payment card i.e. credit or debit card to pay for the Play Store, any Visa, Mastercard etc. is fine. No need to go into debt for Google.

World finance lesson: Every UK bank account for over-16s comes with a Debit Card included (although I think for 2 years they are in-store only) so everyone in the UK prettymuch has the means to pay for Play Store stuff. Also dreaded debt incurring credit cards are common in the UK, not so much in mainland Europe so it's totally not the case that not many people use them outside the US. Basically, pretty-much everyone in the developed world (and a lot of people outside it too, including lots of stolen ones ;) ) has some kind of Visa or Mastercard that works with the Play Store.

Secondly you only need a payment card to buy paid apps. Free ones will download without any payment details.

As for who's pirating 99p games? Well the usual suspects, people who have grown up on the idea that they can freeload everywhere and it doesn't matter. Steal music, steal games, steal movies, no-one cares right? Stick it to the man!

Well no, what you're actually doing is sticking it to the hardworking people who create all this stuff and basically saying 'we don't care about your stuff'. They might only get a tiny share but that little scrap is what they live off.

Reply Score: 2