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Free games will beat piracy, says Perry

Wednesday, 9th July 2008 12:22 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking after collecting an honourary doctorate in Belfast, Dave Perry has claimed that piracy can be beaten through making games free.

“The next big thing will be free games,” he said, citing Asian success for the model.

“They had so much piracy that they decided to stop charging for the games. Instead, there’ll be a charge for things you might want to use in the game,” he said.

“Your character might have a plain white T-shirt. If you wanted a nicer one you could have it for a dollar. Or perhaps you could buy a magic sword for a knight for a dollar.”

Perry added: “It’s going to turn our industry on its head and I want to see the same thing happening in the USA and Europe.”

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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah right!

    LOL… The only way to beat piracy is to give your stuff to pirates for free, then charge them for content!?

    Why won’t they just start hacking the premium content then??

    duh…

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Quiiick

    … they will, as soon as this “new” business-model is established on a wider scale. :(

    #2 6 years ago
  3. pjmaybe

    Perhaps if he gave away one of his bandanas, people would like him more.

    Oh, wrong DP…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. ecu

    Surely free games is an admission that piracy has won?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Tiger Walts

    Sins of a Solar Empire. No copy protection. CD Key required for updates. Sells 100k in the US on week one.

    piracylol

    #5 6 years ago
  6. pjmaybe

    50 lashes of the cat, and a spell in the brig is the only way to beat piracy. Yarr.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Wadey

    “Speaking after collecting an honourary doctorate in Belfast, Dave Perry has claimed that piracy can be beaten through making games free.”

    Haha, wonder how long it took him to come up with that one :)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. patlike

    Wadey: He’s well into his free games, innit. Bit on free-to-play MMO stuff :)

    #8 6 years ago