Megamixer wrote:I wonder though...if one of us posting in this thread suddenly got into games development and became really successful at it and then had their stuff pirated would the same laid-back response about copyright being flawed still be wheeled out? Would we really try and justify the actions of those taking from us?
Think this is a really good discussion by the way.
I am a games developer. I've worked in the industry for about 13 years. I've seen games I worked on pirated and have never really thought much of it. I don't see them as a lost sale, I see it as a failure on our part to create a game that inspired or motivated those people enough to buy an original copy of the game.
Just over a year ago I spent 6 months slogging away with a partner developing our own indie mobile game. It was a tough 6 months of working into the early hours night after night.
We released it on iPhone and Android. Response (what we got at least) was pretty positive. It was a commercial quality game and most people that played it thought it was pretty decent.
We sold it for 69p on iPhone. In the first 3 months we got something like 65,000 downloads. About 90% of those were pirated versions of the game - our actual sales figures was in the hundreds.
Again, I didn't really hate on the pirates. I just didn't see them as lost sales. I saw them as downloads from people that would never pay 69p for our game but did pirate it for free. Again, I saw it as a failure on our part - we didn't manage to develop or market a game that moved people enough to pay for it.
Interestingly, we killed the company off as we had no money left and changed it to free. Last time I checked before it got taken down from the appstore was just over 100,000 downloads.
On the one hand I'm happy that over 100,000 people got to play and hopefully enjoy our game. On the other hand less than 50% of those downloads were made when the game was free - people pirated it more when it was 69p than when it was free. Howabout that.
BTW - the game had no IAP's - it was either 69p or free for the whole thing.
Edit: I should clarify I'm a designer not a coder. (the word 'developer' has been stolen by coders to mean just them).