Android game piracy drives ‘Dead Trigger’ to a $0 price tag
Dead Trigger, a shoot-em-up Android game, has been driven to the rock bottom price of zero dollars as a result of a rise in Android piracy. It turns out that $0.99 is just too much to pay for a game on Android nowadays – that’s just not right. The developers don’t seem to be too happy about the situation, but will continue to develop and support the game.
This is Madfinger Games’ official statement, delivered by Facebook:
The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible – that’s why it was for as little as buck. – It was much less than 8$ 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.
The devs made it clear that the game is free-to-play for everyone and is available with IAP, just to make us all happy. While it is quite sad to see the piracy level to high, we are always happy to have another free game available for all. If you have a look at the statistics on Google Play you can see how ridiculously much the app downloads have sky rocketed (image on right).