Plus, an app dev thinks Android is designed for Piracy
Dead Trigger, a zombie FPS for smartphones is now 'free' to download on Android because of 'piracy concerns'.
Also a dev explains why he thinks Android apps are laboring under a broken business model.
Dead Trigger is a zombie FPS for Smartphones from the makers of Shadowgun.
Well, it looks like the game is now "free to download" on Android thanks to the 'rampant piracy on the platform'.
Here's the Madfinger Games statement from their Facebook page:
Following this, software developer Matt Gemmell wrote a lengthy post explaining why he thinks Android apps are laboring under a "broken business model".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 but on the other hand we didn't dare to provide it for free, since we hadn't got XP with free-to-play format so far. - However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free. Anyway - DEAD TRIGGER is not FREEMIUM, it always was and still remains FREE-TO-PLAY, that means, all players are able to play it without IAP! We stand up for this statement, because all members of our team are playing (and enjoying) DEAD TRIGGER without IAP.
So, what do you think?"People have to get paid. There has to be a revenue stream. You canít reliably have that revenue stream if the platform itself and the damaged philosophy behind it actively sabotages commerce. If you want a platform to be commercially viable for third-party software developers, you have to lock it down. Just like in real life, closing the door and locking it helps make sure that your money remains yours. Bad behaviour has to be more difficult than good behaviour - and good behaviour means paying for your software."
"Nerds like to say that people care about choice at that level. Nerds are wrong. Nerds care about choice, and nerds are such a tiny minority of people that nobody else much cares what the hell they think. Android is designed with far too much nerd philosophy, and open is gravy to those people because itís synonymous with customization. ... Open is broken as a money-making platform model, unless youíre making the OS or the handsets. Most of us aren't doing that."
NEWS SOURCE #1: Dead Trigger free Android piracy rate (via) TheVerge
NEWS SOURCE #2: App developer Android designed for piracy (via) SlashDot
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