“Soooo giant” piracy rate triggers Dead Trigger to be free-to-play

Madfinger Games recently dropped the price tag for its Dead Trigger game from $0.99 to absolutely free. According to a Facebook post by Madfinger, the main reason for the price drop is due to “unbelievably high” piracy rate on Android devices.

What You Need To Know:

  • Dead Trigger is now available to Google Play store for free, while the game is also available to the Apple App store for $0.99.
  • Madfinger stressed that Dead Trigger will not turn into a freemium app. The app will always be free-to-play without forcing the players to make in-app purchases.
  • Madfinger Games isn’t the first developer who has expressed its concerns on Android piracy. Sports Interactive, Appy Entertainment and Korean developer com2uS have also seen rampant piracy on Android.
  • In a survey of 75 Android developers in 2011 by Yankee Group, 27 percent saw piracy as a “huge problem” and 26 percent saw piracy as “somewhat of a problem”. It means that 47 percent of the respondents aren’t as concerned.
  • It appears that Google has addressed piracy issues with its new OS update. The Android 4.1 has a security feature called address space layout randomization (ASLR) which avoids information leakage, buffer overflows, and memory vulnerabilities.


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