Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to Extraordinary Levels'

December 11, 2012 -

In an interesting conversation with Eurogamer Hotline Miami publisher Digital Devolver reveals how much the gruesome indie action game has sold to date, how much it has been pirated and the shock at just how popular his little indie game has become.

Project manager Graeme Struthers Hotline Miami has sold 130,000 copies since launch seven weeks ago. While he was happy about those numbers, Struthers said that PC piracy has had a serious impact on sales.

"It has been torrented to such a staggering level, and given the file size of it, I mean, you can't really be surprised, right? You could pass this thing around on the world's smallest memory stick," he noted. "So it has been torrented to extraordinary levels."

While Struthers doesn't have exact numbers he (and other publishers no doubt) knows it's a fact of life when it comes to PC games. It's such a fact of life that - as you may recall - co-creator Jonatan Söderström even went so far as to release a proper patch for pirated versions of the game.

"That's what he's like," Struthers said. "He just felt he didn't want people playing the buggy version of his game however they got it. He wanted them to get the patch. He basically said, 'I'm not going to criticize this, it's a fact of life. It would be nice if guys could find it within themselves to pay for it, but that's the world I'm in, so you know, you just have to take it for what it is.'"

You can read the entire article on Eurogamer to learn how, when, and why Devolver Digital decided to sign Hotline Miami.

Source: Eurogamer


Comments

Re: Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to ...

Downloads do NOT equal lost sales.

Did the game in question have a proper demo?

Re: Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to ...

Did anyone make that claim in this story?  I missed it if they did.

Far as I know, there is no demo.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to ...

"While he was happy about those numbers, Struthers said that PC piracy has had a serious impact on sales."

 

Behold, two seconds of copy and paste.

Re: Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to ...

Ah, there it is.  Like I said, "I missed it if they did."  I was focusing too heavily on the direct quotes and finding the phrase "lost sales."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Hotline Miami Publisher: Game Has Been 'Torrented to ...

If it was not popular it would not be selling anyhting.Count what you have not what you might have using very questionable quasi math.....


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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