People pirate games; it happens. No matter how much DRM you throw at customers, pirates are going to continue to find ways to pirate your game for free. So what should developers do to counter determined pirates?
Fighting them doesn’t seem to work too well, so, if you can’t beat ’em join ’em! Well, not “join ’em” exactly, but befriend them, asJonatan Soderstrom recently did ona notorious torrent site not sorenowned for its use ofsubtlety, The Pirate Bay. Soderstrom, developer ofHotline Miami, came into the forum and gave the pirates a bit oftechnical advice:
Hey there! I’m Jonatan Soderstrom, me and my friend Dennis Wedin made this game. We’re working on an update that hopefully will take care of any/all bugs, and we’ll try to do some extra polish in the next few days. Would be great if you could update the torrent when the patch is out! It’d be great if people get to play it without any bugs popping up. Hope everyone will enjoy the game! For the “Error defining an external function.” problem, try restarting your system and play again, it can pop up when your computer has been running for a while. We’ll try to figure out if there’s more to it than that.
Soderstrom was also spotted on Twitter backing up his decision to help those who stole his game:
I don’t really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do. I’ve been broke the last couple of months. It sucks. And I definitely want people to experience the game the way it’s meant to be experienced. No matter how they got a hold of it.