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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ghost Recon Online: "being free-to-play is a counter to piracy", says Ubisoft producer


People who pirate games will always find a way to.. Well, pirate games. Some games who are single player only, for example, will tell you that you need an active internet connection at all times. That's about as annoying as having a crapload of zits.
If you really want to fight piracy, and make people invest in something they truly think is worth the price, you should be making better games.

Ghost Recon Online producer Sébastien Arnoult says that free-to-play games are a response to piracy – and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that’s annoyed PC gamers in so many recent Ubisoft games.
“We are giving away most of the content for free because there’s no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, ‘Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you’re asking for. We’ve listened to you – we’re giving you this experience. It’s easy to download, there’s no DRM that will pollute your experience.’”
 How big of an impact will this be? We can only wait and see.


Michael said...

Well, there's no need for piracy then. I say problem solved for everyone.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Making games free to play is the only true way to beat piracy.

Bloggerage said...

Its the only way they are going to beat it haha. Although at least the other way they make money.

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Anonymous said...

This is the same publisher who puts extremely draconian DRM then complains about the lack of sales due to piracy. Hopefully they won't do something this stupid again.

YeamieWaffles said...

The only thing is they can't make money if it's for free although I do like the tactic.

Otter said...

F2P with micro shops is the way things are going. Companies find they make more money and attract more customers this way. That's probably more the reason than to combat piracy, IMO.

ElectroMan said...

Well, there's no need for piracy then. I say problem solved for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I never bought a game in my life :DDD

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