Battle Dungeon

Padahal belum cukup satu minggu masuk ke App Store. Alasannya? apalagi kalau bukan karena pembajakan.

Hunted Cow:

Unfortunately we have taken Battle Dungeon down for the forseeable future. This was due to high levels of server load created by large numbers of pirated copies of the game. The high load revealed technical issues which we don’t feel we can fix to the level that our paying customers deserve.

Pada sebuah postingan di forum, developer dari Hunted Cow menjelaskan bahwa pengguna Battle Dungeon menjadi berlipat ganda setelah file .IPA tersebar di internet. Sebagian besar pengguna tersebut bukanlah pembeli, melainkan pengguna yang main-tidak-bayar alias pembajak.

With single player games you release them and don’t really know to what extent a game is being pirated. However, when you release a multiplayer game that requires account creation to play you suddenly get a much clearer picture. The answer? Around 90% of our signups were coming from pirated copies of our game.

With single player games this isn’t that big a deal, piracy can help popularity and even help increase legitimate sales. Civil War and Tank Battle are still high in the charts and doing great. But when you host multiplayer servers every player playing your game has a cost and 10 signups to every legitimate sale was a ratio none of us expected to have to cover.

Karena banyaknya pengguna, sementara pendapatan tidak dapat menutupi biaya sewa server dll, aplikasi Battle Dungeon terpaksa ditarik dari App Store.