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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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RE: Going back to Apple
By TakinYourPoints on 7/24/2012 3:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
The author of the PA Report article linked above posted Twitter responses from mobile developers in the comments.

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"Also Android has so many problems inherent to supporting it, it's generally not worth the relatively tiny profits." -Rocketcat games

"game blog commenters are very divorced from the reality of mobile games I lived for years. Handset differences are NOT trivial." -QA Tester for Danger Inc.

"I am a game developer. Our latest game is playable on Android. And I still think Android is a hot mess. So what does that say?" -CEO of Frogdice Inc.

"With engines like Corona and Unity its easier. With so many resolutions and device hardware Android just needs much more testing." -Ratdog games

"I can't even imagine how you would do something like Ticket to Ride on that many different devices and make it look good." -Mike Henry from Twisted Pixel

"About 80% of mobile app profits come from iOS despite Android having a larger handset share." -Celsius Studios


I don't know why this even needs reposting, the issues with Android development have been long known and the difference in quantity and quality in the app markets have been clear for two years now.

Nothing has improved.

If I was an Android user I'd be furious at Google for not doing a better job curating their platform and not making it better for developers and their customers.


RE: Going back to Apple
By retrospooty on 7/24/2012 3:51:07 PM , Rating: 2
I see your point... but I don't see a single title in your posts above that I'd care to have on my phone. ID and Epic? That's so 10 years ago ;)

Well, that and I play games on my PC and console, touchscreen gaming just sucks on any platform.


RE: Going back to Apple
By TakinYourPoints on 7/24/2012 9:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
I play games on my PC and tablet/phone. My consoles collect dust, there's nothing interesting in that arena right now.

Indie developers and games focused on rules and gameplay (rather than the typical BS corridor gameplay in "AAA" games) are where mobile games excel right now. There are really good games there, and its a great balance to things like SC2 and DOTA 2 on the PC.

Consoles, meh, not so much.


RE: Going back to Apple
By TakinYourPoints on 7/24/2012 9:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
Also, CANNOT WAIT for Frozen Synapse to come out on the iPad! It was one of the best games I played last year, and it is one of the few that can benefit from touchscreen control over a mouse. Cross platform multiplayer too!

http://www.frozensynapse.com/


RE: Going back to Apple
By retrospooty on 7/25/2012 11:19:13 AM , Rating: 2
I would disagree. There isn't a single mobile based game that can hold a candle to something like Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3. They just don't have the horsepower of a PC or console. They are sort of in the "Its nice to have while on the go" category, but don't compare in any way shape or form to any real gaming system.


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