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.
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South American here
by reduz on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 16:40 UTC
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Piracy here exists simply because most people can't pay using credit card. Banks are much more strict with who gets them and limits are much smaller. Some countries also disallow international purchases.
I have no problems myself, but most of my friends simply can't pay for the apps and pirate them.

Google could try talking to the carriers about paying for apps consumes phone credit (just like an sms) as an alternative, but there are too many and demand huge fees, so there isn't much of a point.

Until this changes, piracy will still be huge in places like Latin America or Asia, even though Android completely dominates the market.

Edited 2012-07-23 16:40 UTC

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