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Syndicate Solicits Pirates

New Scientist has details on an interesting overture to software pirates in Syndicate that was found in Starbreeze's newly released first-person shooter by reddit's MikkelManDK. Apparently legit copies of the game include an .nfo file that would normally be found in a cracked copy with two simple instructions: "1) Insert disc 2) Play ;)". This apparently also offers pirates the chance to apply for jobs and asks them to consider the years spent by hundreds of people making the game before stealing it.

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21. Re: Syndicate Solicits Pirates Feb 25, 2012, 00:26 Cutter
 
Dades wrote on Feb 25, 2012, 00:13:
killer_roach wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 23:42:
Seems more like the usual ritual sucking off of Valve among the people here than anything. I doubt it's costing EA all that many sales - if it were, they would've relented on this practice by now.

EA isn't dumb, they know exactly who the market leader is and they are in it for the long haul. They're perfectly willing to lose short term sales for long term gain which translates into a higher profit margin on products sold. The only reason other sites aren't being selected for similar treatment is that their volume of sales is incredibly low compared to Steam and EA has important console contracts with places like Amazon and Gamestop so they can't dick around with them online yet.

That's never going to happen if it's business as usual for EA. No, or shitty sales. Ending support and their controlled online servers for a game after a year or two. Shitty customer service. And yet another client required that, really, isn't needed and is solely a control issue. With the exception of making all their games exclusive to Origin they'll never catch up with Steam. And if they do that, they'll suffer for it. Greatly.

We all know why they want Origin and why they want it to succeed and no one can fault them for that. However, their corporate structure is too ingrained to allow them the sort of flexibility they require to make a real go of it. I'm not against any company doing this because competition is healty. However, they're not interested in competition and don't much care for it So, they'll lose in the end. The way they operate makes them their own worst enemy. Not Steam, not the pirates, and certainly not the consumers.
 
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