Pirates fail to see irony of anti-piracy move
A computer game publisher is allowing people to pirate its latest release - to give them a taste of their own medicine.
Game Dev Tycoon is a management sim game which gives players the chance to run their own virtual games studio.
It is currently for sale for about £5.50p via publisher Greenheart Games' website or the Windows app store.
But in an unconventional move, Greenheart also released a 'cracked' version' onto torrent sites which would-be pirates could download for free.
The twist is that as players progress through the game, they increasingly find their own virtual games are being pirated.
As their games get better and better, they are targeted more and more until their virtual games studio is forced into bankruptcy.
Ironically, some pirates have taken to forums to complain about what they presume is a bug in the game.
One complained: "There is no point in inventing a new engine because the revolutionary game made out of it will be pirated and I will not be able to cover my expenses."