How tinyBuild Games Used Piracy to Sell Games

September 14, 2011 -

tinyBuild Games has found success in uploading its new game, No Time To Explain, to the Pirate's Bay, according to a SlashDot report, by way of Ubuntu Vibes. The game has a unique feature that the full-fledged normal version does not: all of its characters wear pirate hats in-game, along with an ever-present pirate theme. The joke was apparently well received amongst those that frequent Pirate's Bay and happened to download it or hear about it from someone who did. The game's developer claims that this little PR stunt has managed to net them some extra sales too.

"We thought it’d be funny to leak a pirate version ourselves which is literally all about pirates and pirate hats," company co-founder Alex Nichiporchik told TorrentFreak earlier this month. "I mean, some people are going to torrent it either way, we might as well make something funny out of it."

"You can’t really stop piracy, all you can do is make it work for you and/or provide something that people actually want to pay for. For us this is humor, we like making people laugh," Alex added.

The PR stunt also helped with sales:

"We saw very positive WTF REALLY feedback from users, and saw reactions that people bought it simply because they liked the joke. So we don’t see it hurting sales in any way," Alex said.

If you want to buy the full game, you can score it here.

Interestingly enough, the project was funded through a Kickstarter appeal.

Source: SlashDot Games. Thanks to Uncharted NES for the link.


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