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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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