Russian pirates release The Dishwasher on PC, claim they’re the good guys
It's awful when we hear stories of sky high piracy rates for great games. It's entirely another thing when a game is cracked, and released for free on a whole new platform.
That's exactly what happened recently with Ska Studios fantastic brawler The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. A Russian hacker decided it was unfair that the game wasn't released on PC, and took it upon him/herself to create and release a whole new port of the game without the permission of Ska Studios.
To make matters worse, they actually tried to justify the action and claimed to be performing a service. The Dishwasher's creator, James Silva, is being extremely calm, and is actually flattered that people are interested in his work, with his response to the issue, but it's sad that he even needs to deal with this at all.
There are any number of ways this could harm Ska Studios either now or in the future. The article's author even makes the great point that Ska Studios might not have wanted people playing a version of the game that they weren't able to approve for quality.
Remember back in the old days when developers only had to worry about 90% of their players stealing the game? Now they have to worry about 100% of players pirating a game they never released.
- Chris Priestman
- Indie Statik