Linked by henderson101 on Tue 24th Jul 2012 23:42 UTC
Google "I read earlier this week about a developer who made their Android version free after the $1 game was extensively pirated. Stories like this come as no surprise, but the industry press rarely deals with the core problem - and nor does Google. [...] Whilst the aforementioned story about the Android game didn't surprise me, it did horrify me. Android is designed to be difficult to make money from, and the core issue is that it's open - with the corrosive mentality that surrounds such openness."
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Oh give me a break, so if Android all of a sudden had the same library as the iPhone then all these pirates would start paying for games?

People pirate because they want free stuff. Why do so many nerds have such problems dealing with the reality of human nature?

I've seen your excuse for pc games and funny that you can find high piracy rates for highly rated games like world of goo. It's not like pirates took a break from pirating to show their appreciation for the developer.

You can also find low scoring MMOs with zero piracy because the game is handled server side. It has nothing to do with quality, pirates don't pick and choose. Only in some nerd rainbow fantasy world will pirates choose to buy based on ethics/openness/karma/quality/etc. We do not live in that world.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

People pirate because they want free stuff. Why do so many nerds have such problems dealing with the reality of human nature?

Because I don't know anyone who pirates mobile applications. As I've said before, I'm 90% sure this is simply a case of the Google Play Store only offering paid applications in 31 countries.

Interestingly, none of the few complaining developers release actual data, which automatically makes all sorts of red flags go up. It's all their word - and in the case of Dead Trigger, a very questionable word.

I do science. Give me hard figures, and then we'll talk. Until then, this is all random conjecture with very little basis in fact.

Edited 2012-07-25 10:54 UTC

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r_a_trip Member since:

You didn't read what I wrote. I said people don't see the need to spend money on apps, because the apps are of very low value. That app developers don't make money isn't predicated on piracy (that's only a small part of it), it's predicated on their less than useful wares. Smart phones are shiny toys, not a new software eco-system.

The way current smart phones & OSes are made forces app developers to make unuseful, high volume, low income crap.

We can blame piracy all day long for the abysmal performance of smart phone app stores, but ultimately it is down to the useless crap inside the app store that makes people not buy apps (the biggest chunk being people who don't pirate).

To make it crystal clear: The bulk of the apps themselves are utter useless, throwaway crap. Not worth spending a penny on.

To put it yet another way: The only ones making money from the application markets are Google and Apple.

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