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Developer claims that piracy was out of hand with its zombie shooter

When it comes to purchasing apps on platforms like iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, 99 cents seems to be the "sweet spot" that will spark a user to take the chance to hit the "Purchase" button without a second thought. Many of the most popular games on smartphones like Angry Birds or Cut The Rope sell for just 99 cents.
Madfinger Games, makers of the popular title Shadowgun, thought it had a winning combination by offering its latest zombie shooter, Dead Trigger, for 99 cents on the Android platform. However, despite the low price tag, piracy was a big problem with the game according to the developers.
Regarding price drop. HERE is our statement. The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible - that's why it was for as little as buck. - It was much less than 8$ for SHADOWGUN…
However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free.
Madfinger Games as a result has turned Dead Trigger into a free game with available in-app purchases. The company is quick to point out that this isn't a move to make the game a “freemium” title and that users can still play through the game without ever making an in-app purchase.
Interestingly, Dead Trigger is still available for 99 cents in the Apple App Store.

Sources: The Verge, Facebook

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License Keys
By tayb on 7/23/2012 2:00:18 PM , Rating: 1
The Android app market is headed 60 MPH to a license key model. Just wait. There are consequences to having a free and open app market.

In game ads and in app purchases only take you so far and with Android there are ways to block the ads that support the free software. As development costs rise this model will make less and less sense until it's relegated to independent/small development projects.

RE: License Keys
By tayb on 7/23/2012 2:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'll add to this that unless Google does something we'll see an eventual exodus from the play store in favor of independent developers handling their own app distribution. They'll be able to avoid the app store fees and handle piracy measures on their own, similar to the Windows software market.

RE: License Keys
By The Raven on 7/23/2012 2:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
there are ways to block the ads that support the free software
Yeah and they aren't even that complicated. Its called 'turn off your network connections'.

RE: License Keys
By Reclaimer77 on 7/23/2012 4:09:16 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't you shut up? You've made 20 posts on this all saying the same thing.

Android is just fine the way it is. So some app maker is trying to blame piracy because they didn't meet sales projections or whatever. Oh like we've never heard THAT one before.

Enough with the doomsday predictions, Android has the highest marketshare. App makers are doing just fine.

RE: License Keys
By tayb on 7/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: License Keys
By Reclaimer77 on 7/23/2012 5:34:26 PM , Rating: 2
Nah it's more fun sitting here watching you play armchair tech-analyst quarterback.

"Pirating is super bad guys...and ummm Google is headed for DRM..and and..DUURRR!!! DUUUUUUUUUUURRRR!"

RE: License Keys
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/12, Rating: 0
"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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