has an interesting article on the reaction of developer ACE
Team to finding their recently released combat game Zeno Clash
for illegal download. Carlos Bordeu of the Chilean developer
commented on BitTorrent Sites
explaining the impact of piracy on an
independent developer, saying in some cases they were surprised to find a
positive reaction: "We've received several mails and posts in our own forums of
people who pirated the game that decided to buy it because of the message. I
don't know if it is a significant percent, or whether this is good strategy as a
whole... but it has sparked some very positive reactions in the community." Here
is the statement they made on the torrent sites, indicating a demo is in the
I’m one of the developers of Zeno Clash. I would appreciate you
read this if you are about to download this file.
Zeno Clash is an independently funded game by a very small and sacrificed group
of people. The only way in which we can continue making games like this (or a
sequel) is to have good sales.
I am aware that at this moment there is still no demo of the game, but we are
working on one which will be available soon.
We cannot do anything to stop piracy of the game (and honestly don’t intend to
do so) but if you are downloading because you wish to try before you buy, I
would ask that you purchase the game (and support the independent game
development scene) if you enjoy it. We plan on updating Zeno Clash with DLC and
continuing support for the game long after it’s release.
Thanks for taking the time to read this… hopefully it will make a