One of my favorite things about writing about this site is the innovative ways the developers have learned to play with their video game piracy.So, glad I got to share another example today.
Ross Symons, CEO of Big Ant Studios, spoke on Twitter today about some of the measures his company has used to deal with piracy, which are much more creative than just words. deny them access to the game.
Talking specifically about sports games Cricket 22, the studio’s latest release, he said Big Ant just teased their own idea of piracy protection for the game, which involves making the entire screen flicker white between matches. As anti-piracy measures often do, it attracted a lot of ignorant pirates to the game’s support forums, asking for help in fixing their problems:
However, the white screen is only the beginning of Big Ant’s plan. Reply first Kotaku AU Question from editor Alex Walker on TwitterSymons said the company “has other things in store,” some of them love measures from older games like making sure pirates lose 100% of their coin tosses, showing controller connection error messages and the most annoying above all, make sure they get on the field first (while the AI hits the ball), then when it’s the player’s turn to score some runs that make it “rain forever” until the match is abandoned (that’s what but happens in cricket).
I asked Symons about these measures and how Big Ant implements them, and he told me “We actually have a panel for it here”, where they can “choose what happens to the pirates”, with some other option being a black screen instead of a white screen and tell the user that the batteries in their controller need to be replaced.
“I’m guessing if people steal the game,” Symons said, “We might as well have some fun at their expense”. He also said that since the introduction of anti-piracy measures on the sale of Cricket 22 “On the rise 300%”, thanks to those who “converted” to a legit copy, and entices any current pirates still sticking to their free version with the promise that “if you buy now then you will automatically continue your progress.”