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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RE: Clarification
by gan17 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 19:39 UTC in reply to "Clarification"
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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!

This is why I'm often skeptical when a dev/company claims it's "a sale lost" whenever someone pirates. It's not like the person was ever going to pay for the product anyway. Take away all the avenues for piracy and he/she would probably just ignore the product and not buy it at all.

Of course, I completely understand that some people pirate simply because they have no access to the said product. Like in many southeast Asian countries where film piracy is rampant because the movies never arrive at their local theaters, or maybe someone not having access to a certain application store due to it not being allowed in by his nation's firewall or whatnot..... but that's still technically not "a sale lost" since they couldn't have purchased the product legally anyway.

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RE[2]: Clarification
by ze_jerkface on Tue 24th Jul 2012 14:39 in reply to "RE: Clarification"
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Yes I bet all the Americans with $80 cell bills would never have bought a $1 game.

Just as all the pc gaming pirates with $2000 gaming pcs never would have bought a $60 game.

They all would have given up gaming and volunteered at a local hospital.

People pirate because they want free stuff. That's all there is to it.

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