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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on May 14, 2013

Occasionally software companies are bled dry by frequent pirating, savvy users electing to forego the price of admission in favor of illegal downloads. While pirating software may prove valuable for those looking to save a few bucks, in reality it creates a great deal of financial difficulties for small developers – difficulties ranging upwards toward bankruptcy.

Now one software developer, Green Heart Games, is fighting back. What’s ultimately proving to be the secret weapon in the war on piracy? The answer seems to include a shred of irony.

Green Heart Games, publishers of ‘Game Dev Tycoon’, are targeting software pirates by releasing a free to download version of their popular title – nearly impossible to distinguish from any future pirated version. The game is designed to function properly for the first few hours of play before catastrophic in-game problems arise and disrupt the player experience altogether.

In Game Dev Tycoon, players are tasked with simulating the creation of their own video games. Dialogue boxes inevitably appear throughout the leaked version indicating that users’ virtual creations are plagued by pirating. Soon the issue inevitably carries over into full-fledged bankruptcy – users who originally thieved the game will then be forced to quit.

Although occurring within a virtual world, Green Heart Games has unquestionably demonstrated a unique method of informing software pirates that some small developers are at the mercy of Internet piracy. A study released by the developer indicates over 3000 users opted to pirate Game Dev Tycoon with a meager 214 users electing to pay $7.99 for a genuine copy. It’s the staunch reality facing many smalltime developers throughout the digital age.

The situation effectively illustrates how producers on any level can be pushed to the point of filing for bankruptcy.