Developer Releases Pirated Game

Greenheart Games developed a game (Game Dev Tycoon) where the objective is to manage a video game company. However, they did something a little different. They simultaneously released a “cracked” version of the game that was identical except that player’s new products would be pirated. Eventually, the player’s company goes broke since they can’t make any money. Here is their blog post (or pdf in case the site goes dark) describing what happened (e.g., how users of the cracked version complained that they couldn’t win). This is a great vehicle for discussions of ethics, intellectual property, and even game theory. This short video report describes the ploy:

Contributed by Rich Makadok

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