Developer suffers major income loss as 9 out of 10 of its game downloads are illegal
That is the bitter truth that the developers over at GAMEized had to experience first hand after realizing that 9 out of 10 downloads of their increasingly popular iOS title FingerKicks are pirated. The $0.99 soccer game has been around for a couple of weeks now, and even though there seem to be over 17,000 active players over at Apple's Game Center, recent download reports show that less than 1,200 copies of the title have been sold legally (through Apple's App Store, in other words).
For those not familiar with the matter, jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad lets you download and install pirated apps without the need to pay for them, which appears to be the main reason for FingerKicks bringing some underwhelming profit figures to the guys at GAMEized. Making things worse is the fact that Apple does not appear to be doing anything to prevent users who have downloaded pirated games to use its Game Center, according to FingerKicks' developers.
What do you think about software piracy? Have you ever taken advantage of it or you have always supported developers by getting their apps legally? Feel free to share your thoughts with us by dropping a comment.
FingerKicks for iOS [iTunes link]
source: GAMEized via Electricpig
1. Roberto Lim (unregistered)
People pirate a US$0.99 game? If you like it... buy it, so they can make something else you will like.
10. bigdawg23 (Posts: 372; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I work with an idiot that is in the "If it Ain't Free" than I am not using it. As an example he puts multiple roms on his HTC G2. Unlike me when I had it, he refuses to buy Titanium Back Up and other needed apps. He will use the free version. Why he wont support Koush is beyond me.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
exactly. those guys make the roms, games, and programs that make u love ur phone. Give them the few pennies they ask for to make it so. My ROM life is so much easier because of titanium and ROM manager I have no problem giving ol Koush my paycheck.. lol
I love free, but I'm not going to pirate to save a buck on a well made app.. its not worth it. Without these guys we would have nothing to do on our phones and would have to work instead!! lol
(i say this as im installing a new rom and doing a titanium reinstall while at work :) :) )
20. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
looks like someone follows the ten commandments on a daily basis
2. AbhiSc (unregistered)
This is sad. These developers put effort to make games that entertain us for hours and build friendships with people. And people are not willing to pay even $0.99 to reward their efforts??
3. android_hitman (Posts: 611; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
comme on !!! 0.99$ it's nothing... why not support the producer???
4. jura21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)
really dismal......pirated copies for a 99 cents game....
5. true_Follower (unregistered)
Guys, it is not only price matters. Main problem is Apple app store is not available in certain countries. So, that country consumers have to go for jail breaking to download applications. Its apples fault that they are not supporting more countries. They have to support more countries and then think about piracy.
6. KingK (unregistered)
Everyone who buys SGS2 pirates their games/apps, I bet its over 90%.
Most expansive phone but can't pay a dollar for apps, ironic but predictable.
If this is that bad on iphone, I imagine everything is pirated on android.
7. XrandomdroidX (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
well right you are! i use android but unfortunately cant use my parents credit card. note im only 14 and i pay for my own phone
11. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Android apps come with Market verification check. Even if you download the APK from somewhere else and side load it, it will check the market to see if you bought it. But programmers have to implement this and most don't know how to but it's not that hard.
17. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
what does an SGS2 have to do with an iphone? and can u find a link for your fake statistics?
all the ibots try to say andoid users are cheap and the stories like this come out.. lol
that is just SAD.
19. quakan (Posts: 1188; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
no matter what phone people buy, people will always find a way to not pay for something...look at the music industry and their failed attempts at stopping it.
8. maxkobi (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
true android is pretty easy to add pirated apps to because of sideloading and open sorce plus apk's are just a google away! kinda ironic haha but im proud to say i support all devs and pay for my apps! only ones i dont buy are if there givin away by the dev on XDA and usually Beta so when it goes live i buy!
9. theBankRobber (unregistered)
Android owners pay for their apps and games out of respect to the developers, I know their is a piracy issue with Android but I don't think its that bad. What ios devs need to do what most Android devs do and have their apps and games check for the license with the Android market. Updates also help fight piracy problems because most pirated apps and games can't get access to the new features. I have also seen that even if a updated app or game gets pirated, their is something new in the app that force closes on you upon launch if it detects your device as invalid.
12. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Piracy isn't as much of a problem with Android cuz Android has MUC MORE free apps than IOS. Devs make money thru advertising instead. So, actually, the more the app is pirated, the more ad revenue the dev gets!
15. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Yeah, but you will be first in line to whine about higher prices on other wireless services when pirated, which is a nice word for stolen, apps and such loss money has to be made up. Or when developers stop making "great" games. Or Manufacturers start locking their devices to the point you can't change screen colors. No problem stealing things, but will hate the results. Theft is theft. Bet you would be shocked if Wal-Mart held you accountable for stealing a pack of gum. "But, If you can get it for free, than get it!! You leave them out by the counter unlocked!!"
24. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Developers won't ever stop making great things.
31. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
If OS's started locking their devices no one would buy them.
Call it stealing if you want but that fact that someone put all that hard work into cracking a piece of software means it should be downloaded.
I'm just helping out the hacking community here which is what Jailbreaking it all about in the first place...
32. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
Oh and if they raise the prices for their apps I'm sure idiots like u would still pay full price for them where as that would just be another reason to download it for free.
So in a way U end up paying for our free apps!
14. ABQNM (unregistered)
I am an Android user and I will not pirate apps. I don't see the point in pirating an app that is likely not more than a buck or two. It just doesn't make sense why you would need to steal something that costs less than a cup of coffee. Heck, even if I only got 2 days of use from the app, that is still much more than the 45 minutes from that coffee. If you can't afford it, you probably should not have a smartphone.
These developers work hard to provide these great apps. I feel sorry for those that feel it is OK to steal these apps. If you don't want to pay for it, then make it yourself. Period.
18. bucky (Posts: 1430; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I love switching roms on my sgs2 and see first hand how hard they work on their stuff and help the community. I pay for my apps.its mostly little kids and jerk offs that get it for free.
26. bucky (Posts: 1430; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
see, little nublets like yourself still operate of mummy and daddy's credit therefore dont understand what it is to put work into it. If its worth it for a reasonable price, pay for it.
Also, i find it funny that you pay for an overpriced gadget and accessories (chargers are $50?) yet you wont give someone who makes your handicapped phone work how it should in the first place a dollar.
22. iPittyAndroid (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
all the android junkies are just mad that iOS has dedicated developers and hackers like the creators of cydia and installous. sorry that your phone is so "OPEN" that no one can think of a way to jailbreak their phone. instead they have to go into the browser and download .apk files that could me malaciously infected.
27. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Somehow, theft=iPhone is better in your world. Must hurt to stay that closed minded. You have to really work at it. Willing to bet most of the other iPhone fans on this site are not willing to touch that. Dishonost people always have reasons why they do it. Mostly, it is just due to being weak.
23. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
On one hand, $.99 just f*cking buy it. On another hand, with Android, I sometimes find myself downloading $5+ apps that seemingly don't "need" to be that expensive and I just back them up with Titanium Backup and get my refund in the allotted 15 minutes, then restore the app.
25. G-Reg (unregistered)
With every other orifice the iphone makes you bleed money from I can understand that. Yes its only .99 but thats only one app. I use a Dinc and if i had to pay .99 for just about all the apps i would be damn near up to $100 in just app cost. FTS.
Im a cheap bastard that grew up in the age of napster on dial up and the recent decline of frostwire. !!WARNING!! PULLING STAT FROM ASS!! %90 of the cost doesnt even go to the developer after the suits take there share.
Thing i like about android... I can support an individual developer and not some giant company that definitly needs my $.99 (sarcasim for the slow ones)
Corp. Giants take advantage of every aspect they can get an angle on. Laws, copy rights, OUR PERSONAL IMFORMATION. This is still a dog eat dog world no matter how glossy the sugar coating has made your vision. Im goin to continue to use every known trick to save myself a buck or two.
28. Rich (unregistered)
wait... and programmers still prefer IOS???
30. Scribed3d (Posts: 28; Member since: 08 Aug 2010)
I have never done a jailbreak or root to any device I have ever owned.
I have never installed "illegal" 3rd party apps, pirated apps, or anything from something I heard of once called App Planet.
That disclaimer being said...
I can understand things to a limit. If an app is decent and is .99, just pay it. Support them to help them make more apps you enjoy. If a mediocre app costs 14.99, or higher, then I can see how someone may look to find an alternate way of purchasing the product without such a significant fee.
What I do find interesting is that Apple is not even bothering to run a rather simple check of game center players versus purchase receipts from the app store. With as adamant as they are about keeping an in-home system (ahem... closed) and how anti-jailbreaking as they are, this would be a rather simple way to weed several bad "apples' out.