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Piracy Can Be Beneficial For Developer Start Ups

PostPosted by verdilak » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:56 am

Randy Stude, head of the PC Gaming Alliance has said piracy for developer start ups can have benefits as it can increase the exposure of their game's publicity with pirates playing the game for free, while building a rep:

The PC Gaming Industry’s history is littered with examples of start-ups (including Stardock and Valve) that actually benefitted from widespread piracy to grow a market for their future titles.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating piracy… However, how would Quake, Doom, StarCraft, Counter-Strike, or Half-Life have been able to grow widespread brand recognition without a widespread network of gamers openly sharing these games. These titles (and many more) defined the industry.

Personally, my first experience with a first person shooter was with Doom (back in the day) and I did not pay for it. Id Software turned the corner and has a very successful business built on the back of the early free/open source exchange of their games…


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