Game Dev Tycoon
is a fun new simulation game about managing your very own video game development company, and the first release by a studio called Greenheart Games. But like any game on the market these days, the $8 title was at risk of internet piracy the moment it was released. So in order to combat the expected piracy head on, the developers intentionally created a cracked version of the real game, and uploaded it to torrent sites themselves the same day of Game Dev Tycoon's release. What better way to combat piracy than by giving an interactive lesson on how stealing games can harm a developer?
But the creative minds at Greenheart Games had a more ingenious way of punishing the pirates instead of just telling them that their copy of the game was illegal. Patrick Klug of Greenheart Games outlined the devious plan and the community's response on the developer's blog
, amidst a heartfelt plea to buy the games that you enjoy and to support independent developers.