Modern Combat 5 has been cracked and uploaded to multiple torrenting websites over the weekend. MC5 is a first person shooter for iOS, Android and Windows 8. The developer and publisher, Gameloft, ran a contest recently and invited players into the game early. One of those winners apparently cracked the game and began distributing it online.
Modern Combat’s dev team is not pleased with the situation.
Horrible. You win a contest for early access, and then you turn around and stab them in the back like this. You must be a pretty terrible human being to do something like this.
To be fair, Gameloft haven’t had an original idea from anything I’ve seen them do.
In the end, this sort of “early access” stuff is mostly for advertising. It seems crying about someone pirating your game is also part of that advertising. News sites report on it, company makes some sympathy sales, and everyone moves on.
It’s rather more crazy to me that people can act with this kind of secrecy for what is conceptually similar to a recipe or a song. “Oh no, someone got ‘special access’ to my game and they weren’t super grateful”. This modern day Prometheus has stolen fire from the gods.