Hotline Miami: ‘broke’ dev helping pirates download patched version of game

Monday, 29 October 2012 09:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Hotline Miami developer Jonatan Söderström is out of cash, but is assisting Pirate Bay users in downloading his gritty 1980s title for free. He’s offering them the most recent patched version instead of the initial build. Check out the details below.

Euorgamer reports that Söderström took to Pirate Bay to step in after several users complained they couldn’t get their illegal copies to run. Rather than shut them down, he offered assistance.

He also posted a small statement on the matter to the community that read, “We’re working on an update that hopefully will take care of any/all bugs, and we’ll try to do some extra polish in the next few days. Would be great if you could update the torrent when the patch is out! It’d be great if people get to play it without any bugs popping up. Hope everyone will enjoy the game!”

He then took to Twitter to state his stance on the matter, revealing that he is currently broke, “I don’t really want people to pirate Hotline Miami, but I understand if they do. I’ve been broke the last couple of months. It sucks. And I definitely want people to experience the game the way it’s meant to be experienced. No matter how they got a hold of it.”

What do you make of Söderström’s actions? Should he have the game pulled, or is piracy something that cannot be fought by one man alone? Let us know below.