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Old 13 January 2020, 20:41   #1
Anubis
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Dev released game on Torrent...

and soon after sale on Steam went 400% up!

Nice story here...

https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/13/21...m-sales-piracy

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When top-down shooter Danger Gazers released on Steam earlier this year, it didn’t make much of a splash. A week later, the developer, Shota Bobokhidze, uploaded a torrent of the title on The Pirate Bay, noting that “there’s no catch here, no Steam only features, just the fully functional game.” In return, they asked players who liked the game to consider buying it at full price. Bobokhidze told Polygon that they estimate the gambit resulted in a 400% sales increase.

You can see it in the Steam reviews for the game, where players note that it became an “instant purchase” the second they say that the developer released a torrent for players who couldn’t afford it.

“The game itself is not my cup of tea, but I’m happy to support the dev,” one review says.

Bobokhidze told Polygon that they’re empathetic to players who, for whatever reason, can’t afford to buy a game.

“I grew up pretty much in a situation where piracy was the only solution and way to obtain newly released software,” Bobokhidze said.

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Game looks and plays like Nuclear Throne.
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Old 13 January 2020, 22:35   #2
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So, I learn two things from this.

1) Steam really does not work as a sales platform.
2) Demos are still a good idea

Demos are a fuss if you have to install them though, Valve needs to get on being able to stream those things.
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Old 21 January 2020, 01:22   #3
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Quite interesting story!
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