Dead Trigger goes free on Android due to piracy

It seems that app sales aren’t getting any more lucrative on Android despite ever-rising popularity, as Madfinger Games has seemingly been forced to drive the price of their latest game Dead Trigger to zero. The makers of Shadowgun originally priced their new zombie-themed iOS/Android FPS at an affordable $0.99, but unfortunately noticed incredibly high piracy rates on Google’s platform and thought this response would best serve fans.

They released the following statement on their Facebook page:

The main reason: piracy rate on Android devices, that was unbelievably high. At first we intend to make this game available for as many people as possible – that’s why it was for as little as buck. – It was much less than 8$ for SHADOWGUN but on the other hand we didn’t dare to provide it for free, since we hadn’t got XP with free-to-play format so far. – However, even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant, that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free. Anyway – DEAD TRIGGER is not FREEMIUM, it always was and still remains FREE-TO-PLAY, that means, all players are able to play it without IAP! We stand up for this statement, because all members of our team are playing (and enjoying) DEAD TRIGGER without IAP.

That being said, the best recommendation of what consumers could do to support Madfinger in this time of need comes from John Gruber at Daring Fireball:

The iOS version costs just one buck — let’s make this a good day for Madfinger and buy it.

Source: The Verge