Madfinger has decided to make its newest game, Dead Trigger, absolutely free on the Google Play Store due to "unbelievably high" Android app piracy. The title was released at the end of June for 99 cents, with in-app purchases also supporting the game. Today, Madfinger released a statement on the game's Facebook page about the price drop.
"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," said the Czech-based company.
"However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide Dead Trigger for free. "
This is not the first time that developers have complained about the high piracy rate on the Android platform. Two months ago, Football Manager developer Sports Interactive cited a 9:1 piracy rate on Android. It's a problem Google will need to fix, especially with Microsoft entering the app store market soon.