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Hotline Miami dev offers aid to pirates

Jonatan Söderström takes to Pirate Bay, urges pirates to upload patched version of his game

Jonatan Söderström, the developer behind the gaudy, retro-themed Hotline Miami, has offered assistance to people attempting to run a bootleg copies of the game.

Several users on the Pirate Bay complained about their inability to run an illegal copy of Hotline Miami, but rather than intervene, Söderström chose to help.

"We're working on an update that hopefully will take care of any/all bugs, and we'll try to do some extra polish in the next few days," he wrote.

"Would be great if you could update the torrent when the patch is out! It'd be great if people get to play it without any bugs popping up."

Later, on Twitter, Söderström expressed sympathy for the position of many who download games illegally, saying, "I've been broke the last couple of months. It sucks."

"And I definitely want people to experience the game the way it's meant to be experienced," he added. "No matter how they got a hold of it."

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Latest comments (2)

Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure 8 years ago
I suppose any advertising is good for indies. Its also nice to see some one sort of accept/adapt to the fact that it will be pirated but instead of complaining and hounding them he's getting a bit of possible future revenue and/or at least gamer respect for doing this. Heck some of them might even buy it because of this. The worst that could happen is that the people who wouldn't pay for it won't so it's not like he can loose out of it since they already pirated it.
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 8 years ago
His actions increase the guilt I would feel if I pirated the game, possibly because they're so selfless and pirating it would be selfish.

Not that I would. It's only $10.00 on Steam, which is cheaper than the effort I'd need to go to to pirate it.
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