Indie developer Jonatan Soderstrom has been getting a lot of media attention and critical acclaim for his 80’s style (and uber violence) infused pixilated brawler Hotline Miami and because of this, he’s been making a nice profit through Steam and GoG.
However, even with this success, there’s still a fairly high number of people pirating the game, which is cutting into his potential business. This would anger just about any developer (and understandably so) but Soderstrom isn’t angry. In fact, he’s encouraging people to pirate Hotline Miami.
OK. Encouraging isn’t quite the right term to use in this context. I’d prefer to say he understands where some of these pirates are coming from and if they really have to resort to pirating the game, he’d like to make sure that the files they download are proper representations of it.
He has even gone as far as to appear on Pirate Bay’s message boards to ask those who are “sharing” the game to update the torrents when any future patches become available.
“I’m Jonatan Soderstrom, me and my friend Dennis Wedin made this game. 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. 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. Hope everyone will enjoy the game!”
He’d later say the following on Twitter:
“I don't really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do. I've been broke the last couple of months. It sucks.”
While I think it’s big of Soderstrom to lend a sympathetic ear to those who are pirating, I just hope the end result isn’t him becoming the nice guy who finishes last.
If you’re interested in Hotline Miami
, I recommend checking out the latest episode of Game Informer’s Test Chamber
for a good look at the game in action. If you like what you see, head on over to Steam or GoG and download it. It’s only about $10.