Hotline Miami Developer Extends Technical Support To Pirated Copies

Jonatan Soderstrom found that his Hotline Miami game is pirated and available for download through The Pirate Bay, but he decided not to ask the site to take the torrent down.

Instead, Soderstrom read the comments on the torrent’s page to find several pirate players complaining about bugs in the game. He then went on to help a few of them in troubleshooting their problems to get their pirated copies to play properly. Even more, he promised to release a batch to fix the bugs other users reported.

"I don't really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do," Soderstrom tweeted, before elaborating that he knows what it feels like to be broke. "I definitely want people to experience the game the way it's meant to be experienced. No matter how they got a hold of it."

Last month, developer Sos Sosowski made a similar decision regarding the pirated version of his McPixel game.

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Good show!!! Jolly Good Show!!!!!

The fewer things anyone has to complain about a piece of software the more likely they are to promote it rather than trash it. People who share software spread their opinions too. I don't see how asking TPB to take something down would help eliminate the satisfaction file sharers would seek. Any game is easily attainable from lots of places. People gonna share, mod, copy & improve things y'all. Get used to it. It only helps to advertise, especially in the cases where someone wouldn't have bought what you were selling if they couldn't get something else from somewhere else suitable enough. Ya dig?


That's true human nature right there: more cooperation than competition. But can we expect the same attitude from the guys currently playing the pirate copies? I think the dev's example will stick to them, so yes.

I disagree

Human nature isn't so simple, it doesn't have just one definition. Some people are more generous than others, some are petty, some are kind, some are selfish. Will the attitude stick to the pirates? I doubt it, the most this guy will get are compliments for his attitude, after that its all back to the usual free stuff with no guilt for the pirates.

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